SOUTH AFRICA’S GAUTENG PROVINCE INTRODUCES E-TICKETING FOR MINI-BUS TAXIS

Commuters in South Africa’s Gauteng Province using minibus taxis will no longer have to carry cash or worry about drivers not having enough change for them, thanks to the introduction of electronic fare collection system (e-ticket) for minibus taxis.

The card-based project, which was launched Monday at the Bosman Street Taxi Rank here, will be introduced on the Johannesburg-Pretoria-Mabopane (JPM) route.

The JPM Taxi Association was chosen to pilot this project, as it has been involved in previous pilot projects and has experience in dealing with the cashless system. The project will then be expanded to other taxi routes, with the aim of completing a national roll-out within five years.

The taxi e-ticketing system is owned and implemented by FairPay in which TaxiChoice, the commercial arm of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco), is currently the sole shareholder, with Curve Group Holdings as the primary technology partner.

The Gauteng Province Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Roads and Transport, Ismail Vadi, who attended the launch, welcomed the idea of e-ticketing for the taxi industry, saying it is a step in the right direction which will result in a single electronic system 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,” said Vadi.

The project has been under development over the last five years, and has been through various phases of testing to ensure that all the components are working as required.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK.