Canberra's mobile transport app MyBus 2.0 has stopped accepting bitcoin payments following poor traction with the digital currency.
During the same period, he said, the number of non-bitcoin transactions amounted to 3,226.
Speaking to CoinDesk, the director spoke of the transport network's incapability to deal with digital top ups, noting how they took up to five business days to clear.
Having realised the impracticalities of the system, Bouguettaya said that his team tried to find a way of "hacking" the MyWay card, so that consumers could store their bitcoin balance – or wallet address – on it. However, the ACT Government, the local authority running the top-up scheme advised them that proceeding in such a way would be illegal.
"They [the ACT Government] told us that a third party contractor actually owns the cards, meaning they couldn't make changes we suggested without their approval," said the director.
He added: "We spoke to the third party, and they made it quite clear they were not interested."
Bitcoin in Australia
However, it is not all bad news for bitcoiners in the country. In February, Coin Loft, an Australian exchange, said it had been officially exempt from charing Goods and Services Tax (GST) on local bitcoin sales.
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