The Ministry of Transportation calls for holders of Rav Kav smart cards issued before 2016 to replace them, before they are restricted. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis holding Rav Kav smart cards issued by Egged before 2016 will have to replace them.
The Ministry of Transportation and Egged invite the veteran card holders, those with cards without the computer chip, to come to an issuing station in order to obtain new cards without cost.
For an interim period, the drivers will continue to sell unmarked tickets to tourists and passengers who have not yet purchased a ticket.
The Ministry of Transport said that “the ministry is calling on passengers who have not yet purchased a Rav Kav with a smart chip to replace their card at no charge.” A passenger who has not yet changed his card to a card with a smart chip after March 8 can continue to charge it in any ‘Al Kav’ automatic machine or centers scattered all over the country.”
Egged is working to instruct drivers on the procedures for the next period of time, as it will take time for all riders to catch on to the new system, and this may lead to some delays and frustration, especially in Jerusalem.
Source: The Yeshiva World