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Taxi fare payment via Nol and credit cards

February 19, 2014

Dubai taxi passengers will now be able to pay via Nol, debit and credit cards, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) announced on Wednesday.

An extra charge of Dh2 for credit and debit cards and Dh1 for Nol cards will be levied for every transaction.

"Currently 20 taxis in Dubai are accepting cards. In two months time, another 1,000 taxis at the Dubai Airport will start accepting payments via cards. By middle 2015, we expect to roll out all taxis in Dubai with the new system to accept cards," said Yousef Al Ali, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Public Transport Agency, RTA.

RTA has joined hands with Network International, a payment solutions provider to fit General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) enabled system in all taxis.

"The way it will work is that all taxis will be fitted with a system with General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) connecting taxi meters to a central server which will immediately process the taxi fare payments," explained Bhairav Trivedi, CEO Network International.

Taxi users will also be able to pay their fares through mobile phones via an application called Near Field Communication (NFC). All that commuters will have to do is tap their mobile (not swipe) on the taxi meter and it will automatically deduct the taxi fare from their phone.

"For payment via NFC-enabled mobile phones, customers can purchase a special NFC-enabled SIM card from their mobile service provider. Once the new SIM card is placed in the phone and the account is topped up, the mobile will work just like a Nol card and can be used to make payments for taxi fare.

The NFC Nol accounts can be topped up either through the ticket counters at Dubai Metro or bus stations. The top-up can also be done online at through the unique number that will appear on mobile screens once the NFC SIM is placed in the smartphone," said Trivedi,

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Source: XPRESS (United Arab Emirates)

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