Thursday 20 February, 2020

Privately owned public transport group promises cashless system soon

Edgeton Newman

Edgeton Newman

Over 20,000 taxi operators are reportedly gearing up to use the online Zypps platform to process all their commuter transactions under a 20-year agreement that has been reached between the Transport Operators Development Sustainable Service (TODSS) and Zyleck Jamaica Limited.

The entities are promising that Jamaicans will soon begin to see a major change in taxi services locally, primarily in the way rides are scheduled and paid for, along with better service delivery, as TODSS members are preparing for full integration of the online Zypps platform to manage all the daily transactions of the operators, including to bring more real-time visibility into the operations for improved security and safety.

In a statement, the stakeholder groups said with the online system, commuters (Zypps riders) will need to book their rides ahead of time either on the Zypps App or through the Zypps call centre or service agents across the country.

Commuters will be able purchase the service using the Zypps prepaid card and/or their debit cards. Customers will also be able to acquire and reload Zypps prepaid cards at all Paymaster locations throughout the country.

The agreement between Zyleck Jamaica Limited (Zypps) and TODSS is said to provide a sustainable technological solution to address the current national transportation challenges. The partnership is projected to enables both entities to be strategically equipped to address their roles in the public transportation sector, including the matter of population growth.

In relation to the agreement, head of Zyleck Jamaica Limited, Melissa Bonnick Anderson, said: “The partnership is structured to bring about order, safety, efficiency and sustainable development toward promoting commerce and growing revenue for transport operators.”

She emphasised that the system being introduced is a transportation marketplace that all operators can be a part of, without feeling disenfranchised.

“It has the intelligence built in with the ability to also collect separate tiered revenue streams from visitors to the island, who use the marketplace for scheduled rides,” she indicated.

Melissa Anderson Bonnick

President of TODSS, Egeton Newman, said the union between TODSS and Zyleck is supportive of the Ministry of Transport’s push to solve the immediate challenges within the sector.

“We will be emphasising this technological approach to solve the problems (transport issues and challenges facing Jamaica) consistent with the Government’s 2030 vision for Jamaica. A focus of this technological approach is to make road safety a priority and responsibility for all, while allowing all operators to earn a more decent income stream at lower cost on a more equitable basis,” said Newman.

In support of the Government’s transport regulations, traffic management and infrastructure administrative costs, the Zyleck/TODSS agreement is said to also have made provision for fees that will be remitted to the Government in support of a co-sponsored research project behind the initiative.

Furthermore, the statement said, under the agreement, transport operators are presented with an opportunity to work less and earn more through guaranteed rides throughout the work window.

Additionally, transport companies have the earning potential of a five per cent commission off each ride when the current manual radio dispatching system that is used by such operators is replaced with Zyleck’s Android tablets equipped with the necessary data connectivity for automated dispatching.

Zyleck also offers drivers the opportunity to become part owners of the Zypps transportation marketplace, with a 10 per cent stake in the platform as part of their membership benefit within the TODSS network.

Under the agreement, drivers will have autonomy to choose their designated start and end times, and to decide on their specified routes.

TODSS, with the support from Zyleck Jamaica, officially launched its 2020 National Road Safety Awareness Campaign Agenda on Sunday, January 19, at the Mountain View New Testament Church of God in Kingston.

Zyleck is a technology company that provides on-demand transport mobility services to improve business engagement more efficiently and predictively.

Zyleck also builds transportation financial services and e-commerce partnerships with organisations that have a need to create a more effective business model for today and tomorrow’s world.

The parent company is said to have patent-pending technology in over 30 countries, operating under the ‘Zypps’ brand.

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