Liberian network operatoer Lonestar Cell MTN has entered an agreement with ten taxi drivers in the country to begin piloting fares with mobile money. According to reports the telecommunications company is looking to eventually expand the service to on hundred taxis.
Taxis offering the service will be branded with the mobile money logo in a move which appears to be the first of its kind in Africa.
Laurence Bropleh, chief of corporate affairs at Lonestar Cell MTN, said: “As soon as a passenger notices that the vehicle he or she is travelling in is mobile money branded and wants to pay through mobile money, the transaction should start immediately.”
The passenger simply requires the driver’s number to initiate the transaction. This means that the taxi fare can also be paid on behalf of the passenger by a friend or relative.
“If you forget your transportation and you get into the taxi, this service will come to your rescue since all you will need is your mobile phone, but the car should be branded with mobile money logo,” Bropleh said.
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