Uber has started experimenting with cash payments in South Africa.
Users will have the option to pay only cash, or enter credit card details and switch between payment methods. Drivers will check with passengers which payment method they prefer once the request for transport services is logged, and cash payments will be rounded off to the nearest R1.
“We’re looking at how we can make it easier for people to benefit from the option of taking an Uber. This experiment will aid us in identifying whether riders and driver-partners welcome the choice of paying by cash or card. As before, all trip details are electronically recorded and riders will always be able to pay by debit or credit card if they prefer,” said Alon Lits, GM of Uber sub-Sharan Africa.
In a statement, Uber indicated that the dual payment system will initially only be available to around half of its driver-partners. The cash payment facility will be available in all five cities where Uber is present: Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth.
Compiled by: Melissa Jane Cook. Source: Travel and Meetings.