Money door on Mersey buses
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• A design for a driver's interior door, developed for o-m-o buses, is being registered by Merseyside Passenger Transport Executive. The door, at which passengers tender their fares, incorporates a pivoted cash hopper, and is already employed on the new Leyland Atlantean double-deckers currently being delivered to the undertaking.
Collection of fares has been speeded up—the driver simply checks the tendered change and sweeps it by hand down a chute into the cash hopper which is inside the door. This padlocked box holds the takings from one duty (eight hours).
Mr E. Haughton, former chief engineer of Liverpool City Transport and now manager of the Liverpool North division of the PTE, stated: "The new door was developed after talks with drivers and conductors and is a big improvement on the traditional cash bags and driver's tin box. Besides providing a method for rapidly collecting cash off the fare tray, the door is arranged with a change-giving mechanism, and there is also provision for the storage of tickets.
"The singular feature of the design is that both the tickets and the cash are all made secure by the simple insertion of a padlock, with an individual key in the driver's possession."