Urgent need for change

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 10 January, 1998, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 10 January, 1998, 12:00am

I am writing in response to a letter by Reiner Zimmerman (South China Morning Post, December 11), concerning the coin shortage problem.

Owing to the insufficient supply of coins, it is really inconvenient for me to always have enough coins to pay my bus fare.

This problem has become more serious since the recent increase in bus fares.

I go to school by bus No 74X every day, and I have to pay $8.40 twice a day.

Sometimes, when I do not have 20-cent coins, I pay $8.50 or even $9.

When I try to exchange some coins at the bank, the tellers say there are not enough coins to exchange.

Besides, I know that there are long queues outside the banks in the mornings because many people are in need of coins.

I share Mr Zimmerman's opinion that it is really necessary for the Government to do something to solve this problem, or the bus companies should round the fares off to the full dollar.

I think it would be better to install a card system on the buses, just like the system that is used by the KCR.

I hope the problem can be solved as soon as possible since it is really inconvenient for everyone.