Minister visits Plymouth as Tap & Cap launches

2 weeks ago Wed 27th Jul 2022

We welcomed Baroness Vere of Norbiton, the Minister for Buses, to launch our Tap & Cap scheme and learn more about the transport structure of the city.

The scheme implements a cap on daily and weekly fares. Passengers tap their card when they get on the bus, and tap again when they alight, and are charged the correct fare automatically. Regardless of the number of journeys taken in a day customers will not pay more than £5 and no more than £20 for a week in Zones 1 & 2.

The Baroness also visited Cornwall to look at schemes in place there, and how public transport integrates as a whole.

Baroness Vere, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport, said:At a time when many people are feeling the pinch, every potential saving matters. 

“The brilliant Tap & Cap pilot will not only help reduce travel costs for people but will also help encourage greater use of more sustainable ways of transport, while helping create a truly integrated local bus network.”

Richard Stevens, Managing Director, Go South West, said: As the city's largest bus operator, we’re proud to be part of the latest initiative to save customers money and encourage people to switch from their cars to the bus - increasing the use of public transport. Together, we must continue to invest in change."

Philip Heseltine PCC, Richard Stevens MD of Go South West, Baroness Vere and Cllr Jonathan Drean