HOP card row es­ca­lates

Weekend Herald - - NEWS -

Auck­land Trans­port is in the fir­ing line over its han­dling of the HOP card de­ba­cle from Mayor Phil Goff and se­nior coun­cil­lors.

AT dug in its heels and said it will not fix a bug in the card at this stage after Goff on Thurs­day tried to haul the so- called coun­cil­con­trolled or­gan­i­sa­tion into line.

Goff re­sponded to the snub yes­ter­day by writ­ing to AT chair­man Lester Levy, telling him to “ad­vise me of short- and long- term so­lu­tions to the prob­lem”.

Coun­cil­lor Des­ley Simp­son said it was shock­ing that 16,000 HOP card users stood to lose $ 342,000 a year on their cards, and to hear AT’s re­sponse. “They are the ser­vants of the peo­ple. Say­ing they will do noth­ing is not ac­cept­able to the peo­ple of Auck­land and me,” Simp­son said.

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