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Rickshaw fare can be paid thru mobile phone ‘tap’

  • Staff Correspondent
  • 9 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Now rickshaw fare can be paid through mobile phone, thanks to a new ground-breaking feature by mobile financial service (MFS) operator Trust Axiata Pay or ‘tap’.

Riders will no longer need to look for the wallet after a rickshaw ride, rather they can pay the fare using tap. Rickshaw pullers similarly need not to worry about carrying a lot of change when they receive payment on tap, said officials.

 “We want to ensure MFS benefits for everyone and at every level to make lives easier for people from all walks of life,” said Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of tap, Dewan Nazmul Hasan. 

Mentioning that tap is setting up an example by starting this service in Dhaka, he said “We want to eventually make this available for the whole country.”

 ‘tap’- a joint venture company of Trust Bank Limited, Bangladesh and Axiata Digital Services, Malaysia- launched this maiden service on Saturday as a pilot project in a ceremony in the capital's Dhanmondi area.

Managing Director and CEO of Trust Bank limited and Director of tap Humaira Azam, inaugurated the project, said a press release.

As part of the project, 300 rickshaw pullers were given ID cards with QR codes. Passengers will be able to send their fares to the driver’s wallet by scanning this code through the tap app on their phones.  Rickshaw pullers will receive Taka 10 bonus for every payment from tap, which will be added to the fares they receive. They will be able to withdraw the money from any tap agent. Besides, the passengers will also receive 10 percent cash back when they pay fare with tap. The offer will be available for 15 days, until January 22, 2022. 

Speaking on the occasion, Humaira Azam said, “We hope that this initiative will play a role in creating Digital Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.”

 “We believe this is an important initiative toward ensuring digital services through MFS.” She added.

 ‘tap’ has brought the service aiming to promote cashless and universalbanking meaning anytime-anywhere payments-transactions using mobile phones in Bangladesh.