I suppose they are Myki equipment testers I have seen out and about on trams of late. Armed with clipboards, they test each reader with their card and make notes. Over the last month I have noticed that the card readers are generally working, unlike in the past when they seemed to be always shut down, or some of them.
What alarms me is that it seems to take between three and four seconds from when the tester puts the card up to the reader and for the reader to register the ticket. Multiply that by fifty people getting off a tram and touching off and fifty people getting on and touching on at one stop and then maybe the next stop twenty on and twenty off, well, someone did not really think this through did they.
I don't know if it was a improper use of a train Myki card or one given to select people, but already I have seen a bit of tram driver rage at a passenger who was obsessed with touching off with his Myki card. The driver shut the door, reopened at the passenger request, closed it again yet still the passenger wanted to get off, all the while trying to touch off with his Myki card. "Are ya gettin' orf or not mate?", yelled the the driver.
Something has to give. I suggest we just wait for the government announcement. And where is Jean Kerr Walsh when she is needed? Have the public seen her CV where it prominently says, spin doctor? MS Kerr Walsh may be seen as a little tarnished by too many people.