Many people in Melbourne and the the country areas of Victoria are now using our new ticket system known as Myki, not pronounced Micky. For myself and R, it works without a problem.
I was surprised to see how people place their Oyster Cards on a reader for a significant amount of time when they are using the London Underground. You can see it in the BBC Two television show The Tube. I have watched most of what I think is the last show. It featured fluffers, who do a rather different job to what what I thought fluffers do.
I am wandering and shall do so a bit more. In Singapore, there was none of placing your card on a reader. It was as it is in Melbourne. You touch as you walk past and in Singapore, it was fast.
I have finally put my Myki card in a place in my wallet where 'multiple cards' won't be detected. But it has seemed to slow the reading of the card process down a bit. What I was doing was taking the card of my wallet and as I was boarding a tram or a bus, stretching out my arm a bit to reach the reader, holding the card between my thumb and forefinger and by the time I passed the reader, my card had registered.
Yet, I see people struggling at times with their card. It has been said before that you don't swipe the card past the reader, but touch the the face of the card to the reader. I've not really seen people trying to swipe but people do need to remember to just hold their card still against the reader.
But what people really need to remember is that on trams you generally don't need to touch off when leaving the vehicle. Touch on, and you will be charged the minimum two hour fare. On buses I am not so sure but I suspect it is the same, the default fare being the minimum two hour ticket. We touch off on the bus, just in case. I have been quite amused to see people on trams carried to the next stop after the driver has closed the doors because they were just standing at the doorway trying to touch off when they did not even have to.
For both trams and buses, there are plenty of readers inside the vehicles. You should not stand at the entrance reader checking your card balance when there are people are behind you getting on. You are delaying them, so you are delaying the vehicle. Public transport needs to keep moving.
While I am on about public transport, if you are a fit and healthy person, for goodness sake, leave the bus by the back door and leave the front door for people getting on. It is not a rule, but can I just whack you over the head with a bit of common sense.