The Gauteng Department of Transport plans to introduce a cashless, eticket payment system to be used in minibus taxis.
This is according to MEC for Transport, Ismail Vadi, who announced this as part of the province’s Transport Month initiatives.
“The date is the 17th of October [and the system will be introduced] in Tshwane. The pilot studies have been done, the testing has been done and I think we can begin to launch the concept,” Vadi told 702 Talk Radio’s John Robbie this morning.
“We are moving towards a cashless payment system already in the taxi industry; it’s a major innovation and I think it will add value to people’s lives, including taxi operators,” he added.
When asked about whether or not the taxi industry will welcome this system, Vadi said if they can prove the system’s benefits, the industry will accept it. According to studies on cashless payments, operators could bring in 30% more earnings every day.
“The cashless payment system, I think, will have added benefits,” Vadi said, “and the moment the operators and commuters see the practical benefit of it, because then you don’t have to carry change with you…I think the system will come alive.”