Ho Chi Minh City started piloting cashless payment system on public buses on March 8.
Public Transport Management and Operation Centre under the city Department of Transport has officially launched the system with the Zion Company and Vietnam Thuong Tin Commercial Bank (Vietbank) as project partners.
Passengers can buy Unipass card or install ZaloPay on their mobile phones to use the QR code to buy bus tickets. A passenger can only use the card to pay once for each bus. Passengers will have to go to transaction points to buy the UniPass.
Students account for 50% of the total bus passengers and must also go to transaction points to have discount cards made. When getting on the bus, they will not have to show their student cards since the information about their schools or universities will be added to the system when the cards are made.
Tran Chi Trung, head of Public Transport Management and Operation Centre, said they would pilot the system in one year and in two phases. The first phase will be operated by Zion Company on nine routes and 141 buses. The second phase will start in July by Vietbank with seven routes and 139 buses.
After that, they will expand the project to other buses, the waterway buses, the metro line and other means of public transports in the future.
“One of the most important factors is to be able to build and apply this technology to the public transport system,” Trung said.
Tran Quang Lam, deputy director of the Department of Transport, said they would hold a quarterly review meeting to address any issues.