Johannesburg - Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport Ismail Vadi launched an electronic taxi fare system on Monday in Pretoria.
The department said the first phase of the e-ticket system would be introduced in February 2017 for the Johannesburg to Pretoria route.
The system allows commuters to load cash onto their issued FairPay cards through devices at kiosks and at taxi ranks. The services would eventually be expanded to retail stores. “The card-based project will be introduced on the Johannesburg, Pretoria and Mabopane (JPM) route. It was selected as the JPM Taxi Association has been involved in previous pilot projects and is experienced in dealing with the cashless system. It will then be expanded to other taxi routes, with the aim of completing a national roll out within five years,” the department said.
The e-ticketing system is owned and operated by FairPay, of which TaxiChoice - the commercial arm of the South African National Taxi Council (Santaco) - is currently the sole shareholder. Curve Group Holdings is the primary technology partner.
Taxi-Choice chairman Jonathan Msibi said the project has been developed over the last five years, and has been through various phases of testing to ensure that it was working as required.