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110 Million Taps Into E-Travel In 11 Months

110 Million Taps Into E-Travel In 11 Months
September 01
10:10 2018

eTransport has recorded more than 110 million successful taps in the first 11 months.

This was highlighted by the Vodafone Fiji Limited chief executive officer Pradeep Lal during a press conference at the Vodafone headquarters in Tamavua, Suva, yesterday.

Mr Lal said on an average $11 million has been spent monthly by commuters on eTransport top-ups since the rollout of the initiative in October 2017.

He said more than 100 million successful taps on the books and millions of dollars worth of top-ups were recorded per month.

“eTransport has played a major role in moving our transportation sector into the 21st century,” Mr Lal said.

“Over 1 million eTransport cards have been issued to commuters so far since the launch of the service and majority of the passengers are using their permanent cards for travel and only one per cent of the total transactions are done through disposable cards.”

Mr Lal said the Government was able to quickly disburse assistance through eTransport care in the wake of Tropical Cyclone Josie and Keni, giving affected Fijians the ability to travel to see family members and obtain relief supplies.

Mr Lal said the students continued to utilise the eTransport system to benefit from the Fijian Government’s subsidised fares to travel to school and as announced that pensioners and Fijians living with disabilities will travel for free on buses on a pre-approved limit.

“eTransport top ups can now also be made via M-PAISA giving over 550,000 customers the ability to top up anytime, anywhere on their mobile phones.

“We have also introduced the mobile agents’ at all major bus stations in the country and have set up rural agents in more remote locations bringing new business and employment opportunities to Fijians everywhere, especially for village canteens who are earning around $100 a week selling top up cards,” Mr Lal said.

He also highlighted that Vodafone Fiji Limited has invested approximately $2 million in the first phase of the vending machines which will complement the current top up options.

Mr Lal said the new feature of vending machine was to improve the ease of use for the Fijian public.

“The vending machine top ups will implement several 24-hour eTicketing self-service top up at all major bus stations.

“More value-added services through the eTicketing system will be provided in the future through smartphone-based apps for tracking buses, bus timetables, arrival times and calculation of bus fare for distance travelled to further help commuters in their daily lives,” Mr Lal said.

Edited by Epineri Vula

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