With the cooperation of some taxi drivers and Lonestar Cell MTN, mobile money transaction is now available in the traffic. Subscribers can now pay their transportation fares through mobile money to the mobile money drivers whenever ridding the mobile money branded taxis.
About 10 taxis are now available to the public for mobile money transactions in the traffic. If an individual gets into one of the mobile money taxis and he or she wants to pay fare through mobile money, using mobile phones, that individual is expected to ask the driver to make available his (driver) number to start transaction or payment.
Another mobile money user in any part of the country can even pay transportation fare for another person ridding a taxi while the passenger is enroute to his or her their destination, but the transaction be concluded before the passenger gets down from the car; that is, after the less than three minute transaction, the taxi driver will receive text message, acknowledging that the passenger has paid.
According to Lonestar cell MTN Chief of Corporate Affairs, Dr. Laurence Bropleh, as soon as a passenger noticed that the vehicle her or she is ridding is mobile money branded, wants to pay through mobile money, the transaction should start immediately.
Dr. Bropleh described the process as good and helpful for those, who are quick to forget and leave their transportation home, saying, “If you forget your transportation and you got in the taxi, mobile money can rescue you by paying the driver through the mobile money, but the car should be branded with mobile money logo.”
Mobile Money Manager, Samira Tweh, said the company is targeting about hundred taxis for the transaction in the traffic but only 10 cars are currently available on the traffic. Speaking on behalf of the taxi drivers, Ivan Ferguson encouraged his colleagues to help make life easy for Liberians by making their cars available for mobile money.