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Kenya Commercial Bank And Kenya Bus Services Partner To Introduce Abiria Card

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The Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) and the Kenya Bus Service (KBS) have partnered to introduce the Abiria card into all busses operated by KBS. This is a new cashless payment debit card that will make it easier for commuters to pay their  fares on KBS operated busses. On top of allowing commuters to pay their fares, the cards can be used for other banking services such as mobile banking, credit card facilities and agency banking in all KCB branches and agents.

“They have options to load their cards through the more than 7,000 KCB agents, KCB mobile banking, as well as all KCB ATMs and branches,” said KCB’s Managing Director Samuel Malone. The company also said that it had plans to roll out over 3 million cards in the next couple of weeks.

According to KBS’s website “Abiria Card is powered by TapToPay Ltd (a subsidiary of Advanced Card Systems (ACS) based in Hong Kong). TapToPay has partnered with local investors, a local bank and a local mobile service provider to offer an Automatic Fare Collection (AFC) solution for passenger transport operators. Kenya Bus Service Management Ltd has been chosen to pilot its entry in Kenya.

TapToPay operates across many countries worldwide where it offers End-to-end solutions in Malaysia, Philippines and Colombia. In Africa, TapToPay is in Nigeria. While in East Africa, TapToPay AFC solutions are now in Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda.”

This means that KBS will have to part with some money when using this service but the good news is that this cost will not be pushed down consumers who will not spend extra when using the card.

KBS has confirmed that over 260 of its buses have been fitted with the card readers waiting for the July 1st date when they will go live. July 1, 2014 is the deadline set by the Government directing all PSV’s to embrace cashless payments. This move is aimed at stopping corruption in the sector as it will be easier for the Matatu owners to control their money.

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