Lothian Buses make £194k from keeping spare change

No change is given by Lothian Buses. Picture: Ian Georgeson
No change is given by Lothian Buses. Picture: Ian Georgeson
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LOTHIAN Buses has been making an extra £530 a day from people who don’t have the correct change for their fare.

Latest figures released under freedom of information show the company raked in £194,035 more than the value of ticket sales in 2012 – up from £142,882 the previous year. Figures for 2013 will not be available until May.

Transport campaigners criticised the “exact fare” system as “an out-of-date embarrassment” but Lothian Buses said it had not offered change for 40 years and the system helped keep buses to time. The firm said it also offered other options like smartphone tickets.