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No M-Pesa payments for Expressway use as the company reveals discounts

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No M-Pesa payments for Expressway use as the company reveals discounts


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Nairobi Expressway along Waiyaki way, Westlands in this photo taken on April 16, 2022. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NMG

Summary

  • Officials told Business Daily The decision to delay M-Pesa payments was due to the fact that cash transactions were perceived as fast and “M-Pesa payment would result in traffic jams at toll plazas”.
  • Millions of Kenyans pay for most services through mobile money service, and the delay in including it in the payment options will limit motorists who want to use the road without using cash or cards.
  • The company has unveiled a discount system to increase card payments for motorists who want to load their cards with a minimum of Sh2,000 in toll points as part of a plan to woo more users on the road.

Motorists seeking to use the Nairobi Expressway from this Saturday will not be allowed to pay via M-Pesa in the early days of its operation, limiting their options to cash and electronic cards.

Officials told Business Daily The decision to delay M-Pesa payments was due to the fact that cash transactions were perceived as fast and “M-Pesa payment would result in traffic jams at toll plazas”.

“No M-Pesa payment at this time. It is still under consideration. It will be there in the future, ”said a spokesman for Moja Expressway, a subsidiary of China Road and Bridge Corporation, which built the road. Business Daily.

Millions of Kenyans pay for most services through mobile money service, and the delay in including it in the payment options will limit motorists who want to use the road without using cash or cards.

The company has unveiled a discount system to increase card payments for motorists who want to load their cards with a minimum of Sh2,000 in toll points as part of a plan to woo more users on the road.

Kenya National Highway Authority Deputy Director of Corporate Communications Samwel Kumba said motorists using electronic toll cards on the road will receive a five per cent discount every time they load their card with Sh2,000 points.

Road users who plan to use manual payment cards will receive a two percent discount when they load a minimum of Sh2,000 in points on their card.

“The discount on both electronic and manual payment cards applies as long as you use the road at least until further notice. However, you must load your card with a minimum of Sh2,000 points, “said Mr Kumba Business Daily inquiry on Tuesday.

Motorists either have the option of registering to use a manual payment system or install an automatic payment system, which will allow them to get through the payment facilities faster.

Those who use manual debit cards must have a national identity card (ID) to sign up for the card, which will cost Sh300 for installation service fee and at least Sh1.000 must be loaded into points.

Users of electronic payment cards will be required to present an ID and logbook of the vehicle being registered and pay an installation fee of 1,000 Sh and a minimum of 2,000 Sh to be loaded on the card.

Motorists in the same category who plan to use the road when it will be open for public use from Saturday, and who load their points with Sh5,000 in toll, do not pay an installation service fee.

“Road users can also pay cash to use the road depending on the size of the vehicle,” he said.

The Sh88 billion highway will be opened this month depending on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s calendar. It connects Mlolongo with the Nairobi-Nakuru Motorway via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

Motorists will pay between Sh120-Sh1.800, up from the previous rates of between Sh100-Sh1.550 to use the road.

The government last month raised taxes to mitigate the Chinese investor financing the road against currency losses in the wake of the shilling weakening to record lows against the dollar.

The new exchange rates are based on dollar trading in December last year, which was Sh113.14 up from Sh103.79 in 2020.

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