How Gauteng’s cashless minibus taxi fare works

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Cii Radio| Sabera Sheik Essop| 20 October 2016| 18 Muharram 1438

Digital payments of minibus taxi fares are set to be rolled out to the industry across Gauteng from next year.

The card-based project – which is backed by the Gauteng provincial government and headed up by the TaxiChoice Association – will be introduced to the Johannesburg, Pretoria and Mabopane (JPM) route.

The new method of collection will involve commuters using what looks like a regular bank card or quick response (QR) code to pay for their taxi fare. The taxi digital fare collection system is owned and being implemented by FairPay.

TaxiChoice – the commercial arm of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) – is currently the sole shareholder in FairPay, with Curve Group Holdings as the technology partner.

The first phase which is the JPM route is set to be rolled out in February 2017, whereby commuters will be able to load their FairPay cards via point of sale (POS) devices and via kiosks at taxi ranks.

These services are also planned to be available in selected retail stores.

Source : tech24