CARDPro and PPC bus passes boosts efficiency

By: Chris Smith


Overcoming fraud, boosting efficiency and improving their corporate image through smart presentation are just a few of the reasons why

Overcoming fraud, boosting efficiency and improving their corporate image through smart presentation are just a few of the reasons why Darren Crossley owner of Cannonvale based Whitsunday Transit decided to move to plastic card school bus passes.

The operator moves 2000 students on a daily basis during school terms so any improvement or savings on the current student pass issuance system was a real blessing in today’s tightening economic climate.

Crossley, who has owned the 55 year old business for the past ten years, says he operates approximately 40 vehicles in the Whitsunday and surrounding areas.

"About 50 percent of our business is school based transfers of school students. We also operate our route service, airport transfers as well as a charter business," Crossley tells ABC.

Talking about the issue of school bus passes Crossley says that they have upgraded from laminated paper based cards to plastic card printing technology.

"We used to produce paper based student bus passes which were run out through a tractor printer and then had to be manually separated then laminated individually," he says.

Crossley says the draw backs on producing cards this way was that not only was it very time consuming, but the card could easily be tampered with and fraud was a real problem.

"Also the durability of the laminated card wasn’t very good. If a card went through the wash then it was unreadable and unusable. So I thought plastic card technology would be a good result for us if it were user friendly and simple to use," he explains.

"We spoke to a few people in different businesses and came across Brisbane based companies CARDPro and Practical Peripherals Corporation (PPC)."

Together these companies were able to provide Whitsunday Transit with a plastic cards issuance system as an alternative to the very time consuming laminated card process.

Read more in the March issue of ABC.

You can also follow our updates by liking us on Facebook