As the country gears to reopen amidst the coronavirus pandemic, the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has announced that it may ban the use of cash for matatu fares.
This ban will be effected in a bid to stem the spread of the coronavirus. According to a report that appeared in the Business Daily on Wednesday, the NTSA has already advertised for “bids inviting tech companies to install mobile software and web applications for the nearly 2 00,000 matatus in the country.”
Apparently, the tender notice says that NTSA will introduce the mandatory use of cashless payments for all Public Service Vehicles (PSVs). “The cashless system will also provide a platform for development of an effective contact tracing application to support the government effort in addressing the coronavirus pandemic.”
The system will also be deployed as a measure to ease contact tracing. “Interested applicants who may wish to register as service providers for the provision of contact tracing (passenger manifest) with a payment gateway service must submit their proposals on or before June 16,” the tender advert by the National Transport and Safety Authority said.
The authority has previously attempted to introduce cashless fare payment systems in the matatu industry to no avail.