santacoEngineering News reports that the SA National Taxi Council’s (Santaco’s) commercial arm TaxiChoice on Monday unveiled its new cashless e-ticketing system for minibus taxis on Monday.  

The new FairPay electronic fare collection system will be deployed to the 200,000-odd operating taxis in SA over the next three to five years, starting in February along the Johannesburg, Pretoria and Mabopane (JPM) route.  Launched at the Bosman Street Taxi Rank, in Pretoria, the e-ticketing system will allow taxi commuters to pay via smart card, or through their phone, and ultimately by debit card.  The users of the card will be provided with insurance benefits while travelling, including hospital cover, death and disability benefits, besides others.  The GPS-containing equipment installed in the taxis will also promote improved driver behaviour and safety.

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