About 3000 taxis will be equipped with electronic fare collection in Kwazulu Natal.

JSE-listed DigiCore Holdings, owner of Ctrack, has concluded an agreement with Translog Management, which will see the roll-out of its Tap-I-Fare electronic fare collection solution into the taxis over the next two years.

The project will initially target all taxis and commuters within the Grange & Westgate, Ridge Park, Buffer, KwaNyamazane, Alexandra Road Extension, Richmond Crest, Pelham, France and Napierville areas and commenced yesterday (2 July 2012). Once the system has been refined, it will be rolled-out across the District of uMgungundlovu.

The uMgungundlovu Regional Taxi Council, with its 40 Taxi Associations, collectively owns 3 700 taxis and transports more than 500 000 people daily. Their system is currently cash-based, with the result that checks and balances regarding vehicle condition, driver behaviour and passenger safety have been difficult to manage, monitor and enforce, say taxi owners.

Boy Zondi, regional chairman of the Taxi Council, says: “The time has come for our commuters and citizens to see our taxis as a safe, affordable, convenient and eco-friendly means of commuting. The taxi industry has grown over the years, and we as the District of uMgungundlovu are proud to be among the first in the country to embark on a project that will see the implementation of controls and rewards for good driving behaviour within the taxi industry.”

Pierre Bruwer, MD of Tap-I-Fare, DigiCore’s associate company, states: “The DigiCore group is very pleased and proud to be part of this exciting initiative with Translog and commends the executive team at Translog and the regional taxi council for the bold initiative.

“Our technology, Tap-I-Fare powered by Ctrack, enables and supports the convenience and safety factors around electronic fare collection for both the owner and commuter. We expect to make similar announcements in other provinces in the very near future. Having partnered with Absa and MasterCard obviously makes things so much easier for us, in providing the transit industry with a solution that meets all government and legislative requirements,” says Bruwer.