At the moment you need to have a credit card to use Uber.
But now Uber has decided to target the market of people who want to use Uber who don’t have credit cards.
Uber CEO Alon Lits says the introduction of a cash payment option has proved successful where Uber have implemented it globally.
At the point of sign up, riders will have an option to pay with cash or card. So it's just about making Uber accessible to more people.— Alon Lits, Uber SA CEO
It is still an option to pay by card. There will be a smaller percentage of trips in cash.— Alon Lits, Uber SA CEO
One of the strengths of the Uber system up until now has been that it doesn’t use cash, and that there is no cash for someone to steal. But Lits says they have taken security into account, making provisions for drivers to offload cash.
It is important to note that drivers all have smart phones with them at all times. that is a device worth a couple of thousand rand. And at no point are they going to be handling huge amounts of cash.— Alon Lits, Uber SA CEO
We are also working on a partnership with FNB, where drivers will be able to go to the closest ATM and deposit cash if they feel unsafe or if the amount they have is large.
This article first appeared on 702 : Cards only Uber now introducing cash payments