NTSA assures no stringent measures to implement cashless system
02 July 2014, 09:11
Nairobi – The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has assured matatu operators that there will be no stringent measures in the implementation of cashless fare system by public service vehicles (PSVs).
The NTSA Director General, Francis Meja said the electronic fare payment system will be approached in a holistic manner of implementation through amicable consultations between the government and matatu owners.
“NTSA will not conduct crackdown or arrests for non-compliance to the cashless system regulations but we will engage all stakeholders for full implementation in various phases,” said Meja.
“The implementation of the cashless system has taken effect as from July 1 and despite experiencing a few challenges. We will be flexible to allow transition process without suspending it,” he added.
Meja said public awareness campaign to educate the public on how to use the cashless fare system will be widely conducted and appealed to the media to assist in informing people regarding the new electronic payment system.
“This cashless system will benefit commuters by limiting the cumbersome cash exchange service with conductors, help investors get benefits from their electronic systems and reduce corruption cases to some extend involving traffic police officers,” stated Meja.
He asserted that parents will have to acquire cashless cards and loaded with money for their children to commute either to school or anywhere.
Making payment for commuting by the prepaid electronic card will either be through the chip or dab system and that the gadget reading the card will also allow payments using other selected bank ATMs.
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