Yes TfL has started letting you bus it even if you have only one penny's worth of credit. And sure, if you're lucky enough to have a contactless debit card, you're probably fine. But let's face it: at some point, most of us are going to want to get a night bus, having run into negative Oyster balance. And then what, eh?
A spring is certainly present in a lot of Londoners steps right now. They're pleased to hear that they can party all night and take multiple methods of transport home rather than dashing for the last tube or trying to find where that night bus goes from. However, there are so many issues with this idea.
Public transport is an essential part of the infrastructure of any civilised society and therefore if disabled people are to achieve full equality as contributing citizens, it is important that public transport is as accessible as it can be, and by this I do not just mean wheelchair access but also a whole range of features so that transport is accessible to a wide range of people with differing impairments.
To avoid disruption to day-to-day operations and ensure workers don't have to endure further travel misery on sweltering trains and packed motorways, there is a compelling argument for equipping them with remote access and web conferencing technologies that will help them remain productive even if they cannot get into work.
I travelled in to my local city recently. Not a big deal, given I live only 11 miles from the centre. Except now I can't walk even 100 metres in one go. So when I had two days' notice of a meeting I wanted to attend, it took more planning than a perusal of time tables and more effort than a half-mile stroll.