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Eastlands matatu owners to adopt cashless fare payment

23 January 2015, 10:40 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi -Five PSV Saccos plying Nairobi's Jogoo Road route to Eastlands have partnered to ensure their vehicles adopt the cashless fare payment system by February 1, 2015 to curb the daily collection losses they have been encountering.

The Saccos owning 250 vehicles have partnered with Fibre Space Limited, a technology company, to use its cash-light electronic card 'MY1963' to end the cash payments and accelerate the government’s delayed implementation of the system.

The Saccos owners who include Ummoiner (100 matatus), Cibet (40), Compliant with (40), ROG (38) and Oma (32) claim that the government’s delay to fully implement and enforce the cashless system has compelled them to take up the initiative by targeting over 100 000 commuters from Eastlands for the cash-light cards.  

The owners have already deployed youths to issue the electronic cards free of charge to commuters and insisted that by February 1, none of their vehicles will accept cash payments from commuters.

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Fiber Space Limited General Manger, Mwakio Ngale said the matatu owners asked for partnership to fast-track the adoption of the cards following continued recording of losses.

"While the matatu owners fully understand the need for the cash-light fare system, the majority of passengers have shied away from embracing them due to limited information. With this partnership, our card activators will be at bus terminals explaining the details to passengers," said Ngale.

"The emerging trend where Matatu owners are taking it upon themselves to accelerate adoption of the cards without waiting for government directive implies that the switchover will be fast, smooth and definitely a new job creation platform," he added.

The 'MY1963' card which gives passengers loyalty points and offer fare credit facilities has created over 2 000 jobs through distribution of the cards.

The new fare payment system has also enabled both the driver and tout employed on formal salaries and get access to health benefits and credit facilities.

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