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Government to reintroduce cashless matatu fare system to curb spread of COVID-19

Government to reintroduction cashless matatu fare system to curb spread of COVID-19

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) is now seeking a bid to reintroduce the use of “no cash” on matatu fare after the programme was introduced in November 2014 and later flopped.

The bid has been sought to see the spread of the coronavirus which has caused worldwide devastation is suppressed as Kenya mulls opening the economy after a three-month COVID-19 curfew.

According to the authority’s Director-General George Njao, the cashless system which the bidders have been called upon for the tender will be mandatory payment for all Public Service Vehicles (PSVs).

“The cashless system will also provide a platform for the development of an effective contact tracing application to support the government effort to address the coronavirus pandemic.” Said Njao

The cashless fare collection was introduced with an expectation to tame employee fraud by Matatu operators and it was to allow matatu owners to tract revenues in real time.

According to a local daily report, firms are expected to submit their bids before June 16 and should the scheme sail through, the system would be expected to ease the monitoring of COVID-19 infections.

The sector which accounts for an annual revenue worth Ksh420 billion was first piloted in November 2014 but faced opposition from the matatu operators who cried foul over government’s interest to monitor their personal earnings.

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