Gauteng provincial government is set to finalize plans to introduce minibus taxi fees that will further pave way for a one-card transport pay system.
This new introduction would end the era of riding shotgun taxi, change calculations, and bring in an improved electronic payment for minibus taxi fares.
The new system which is expected to storm Johannesburg, Pretoria and Mabopane (JPM) route in February 2017, will offer improved methods of payment by allowing commuters to use the FairPay card to pay for their public taxi trips.
The JPM Taxi Association has helped spearhead the pilot cashless system on the JPM route, with plans for it to be expanded to other taxi routes, with the aim of completing a national roll-out within five years, news24 reported.
The newly introduced FairPay card will work hand-in-hand with the October Transport Month campaign, “Modernization of Public Transport in Gauteng”.
Deputy Managing Director of TaxiChoice, Thulani Qwabe revealed that no less than sixty-eight percent of South Africans make use of taxis as a means of transport, hence Taxichoice has decided to roll out the FairPay card over this means of transport.”
“We will work towards rolling out the One-card transport pay system called FairPay card across all methods of public transport, but we’re first looking to have it active for taxis across SA”.
Speaking further on the awaited one-card transport pay system, Jothan Msibi, Chairperson of TaxiChoice said, the transport system has been well tested and approved and is “fully compliant with all laws and regulations, as well as requirements of all the parties involved. We are ready for the roll out.”
“It is safer and more secure because commuters will no longer have to carry cash, or worry about whether the taxi driver will have enough change for them,” he added.
Like many south Africans, MEC for Roads and Transport of Gauteng, Ismail Vadi welcomed the new idea of an e-ticket for the taxi industry saying the introduction is a good step in the right direction that will result in a single electronic for public transport in Gauteng.
“The standard that must be strived for is ‘One Province–One Ticket’ in line with the national electronic fare collection regulations,” he added.
Jothan Msibi, however, explained that in terms of South African regulations, commuters have to use a fully-compliant EMV bank card.
“So even though it’s starting off as a taxi fare collection card, it can evolve so that commuters can use it for transactions just like a debit card,” he added, pointing out that the card technology will enable the provisioning of new services, for example, reduced fares for pensioners and people with disabilities, in the future.