MSE News: London bus double charge threat with Oyster and contactless card combo

"London bus passengers with both an Oyster card and a contactless credit or debit card could be charged twice..."
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London bus double charge threat with Oyster and contactless card combo

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  • Ive no idea why you would keep the two together anyway.
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  • Ive no idea why you would keep the two together anyway.
    I keep my Oyster card along with my credit cards in my wallet, purely for convenience to save carrying the Oyster separately. But not all my cards are contactless. I guess as more cards become so I'll have to rethink this.
  • alanwsg
    alanwsg Posts: 763 Forumite
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    Ive no idea why you would keep the two together anyway.
    I've no idea why you would keep them separately!
  • stclair
    stclair Posts: 6,844 Forumite
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    When my contactless card is together with my stagecoach smartcard neither of them work unless they are separated.

    This is my own experience so I appreciate other experiences may be had by others.
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  • stclair wrote: »
    When my contactless card is together with my stagecoach smartcard neither of them work unless they are separated.

    This is my own experience so I appreciate other experiences may be had by others.

    Same experience for me. Although it could be something to do with having 4 or 5 wireless cards in my wallet (combination of ID cards and credit cards plus the oyster).
  • John_Pierpoint
    John_Pierpoint Posts: 8,391 Forumite
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    edited 11 February 2013 at 5:49PM
    Now that pensioner bus passes have to be offered up against a wave and go pad on most buses - I find my one won't work unless it is carefully extracted from other cards and presented all by itself. Being top of the pile is not enough.

    [Yes I have one of those free three pocket card holders, it fits inside my fist and wraps round a wad of notes - it can be a bus pass (backed up by a library card) or a rail card (backed up by an oyster card) or a wad of bank debit or credit cards etc. fronted by a Tesco points card. Also wedged in there are mini time tables and notes of selected bus numbers and other odds and ends including a book of stamps. The whole thing goes into a zipped breast pocket.]

    Thanks for the warning.
  • miller
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    Here is some extra guff on it:
    http://www.tfl.gov.uk/assets/downloads/tickets/Using_contactless_payment_cards_on_buses.pdf

    It would be wise not to rely on this method of payment if the card decides a PIN is necessary for the transaction. Probably best to carry another card, er.. like Oyster.

    Plus daily price caps are not applied to contactless cards.
  • callum9999
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    Does anyone know if there is any technical reason why they can't get just replace Oyster with contactless credit/debit cards?

    Obviously single fares on the bus etc. are easy to do - but could they track which card is paying for what journeys over the course of a day/week and adjust the rates when you hit a cap like they do with Oyster?
  • Happens to me quite a lot lol, holds the Q up lol!
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    Haters gonna hate
  • alanwsg wrote: »
    I've no idea why you would keep them separately!


    For me I always keep my Oyster separate and in a proper wallet. This is so I dont have to keep dragging out my money wallet and flashing it about everywhere.

    Ive seen many a woman on getting on a bus and pulling out her massive purse which then goes back into an open pocket - just asking for trouble that.


    Also, for me, should I lose one wallet then I at least still have the means of getting home as I will either have cash or an Oyster.

    See the extra level of protection you are affording yoruself there ;)
    "If you no longer go for a gap, you are no longer a racing driver" - Ayrton Senna
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