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AG launches Taxi EFTPOS service


May 23, 2019 06:25:43 PM

AG launches Taxi EFTPOS service Fiji today introduced its first ever Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale (EFTPOS) service for the taxi industry.

Samabula based Evergreen Taxis and Tours becomes the first taxi company to render this service with two of its taxis being used for the initial stages of the programme.

While launching the initiative at ANZ House in Suva this morning, Attorney-General and Economy Minister Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum said the Fijian Government is focused on increasing the number of electronic transactions in the country.

“It provides not only convenience to everyday consumers but also helps the financial system. Whatever the fare you would want to pay through your card, you can pay on the machine even if the fare is $3 as there is no minimum,” he said.

“The service is convenient and easier for consumers and this also means that the business transactions have been reduced. For example, you have e-ticketing now; previously the bus companies had to take a lot of money to the bank, count all the coins and deposit the money to their account. Now, that money is directly deposited into the account.”

“Similarly, Everyday Taxis have installed the POS which basically means that whatever the fare is, you could pay it using your ATM card. Even if you travel for $2 you can still pay using your card,” he said.

He has urged more taxi companies to install this service as it also reduces theft.

“It’s not only convenient for the customers but also taxi drivers and owners as this will reduce theft and stealing. At the moment there will be some who want to steal from taxi drivers because they have cash.”

“When a taxi driver launches the POS, it reduces the threat of theft and stealing. This will also increase safety for taxi drivers. In the 2018-2019 National Budget, we had allocated some funds to subsidise some e-machines. The cost of a POS machine is $500 Australian and 50 percent of this is funded by the Government.”

ANZ Fiji Country Head Saud Miniam said taxi drivers have been trained how to use the machine.

“The taxi drivers are well trained and they should tackle passenger issues, for example they know what steps to take when a passenger has been overcharged, or when the machine is down and not working or any other related dramas.”

“Other drivers who intend to use the POS service will also undergo the same training which is very simple and the machine itself is user friendly.”

Mr. Miniam acknowledged Government and Eveready Taxis and Tours for allowing ANZ to be part of the pioneer programme.

By Nacanieli Tuilevuka

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