The City of Cape Town has this week started testing the use of card payment facilities at its motor vehicle registration office at the Civic Centre.
Since it started on Monday, the City processed more than 100 transactions from debit and credit cards.
John Maytham spoke to Ald. Ian Neilson, Executive Deputy Mayor, to find out how the piloting period went.
Nielson says the decision to not have this facilities before, was due to very high banking fees. He says after doing their calculations they discovered that the City could lose about R60 million a year.
According to Nielson the City has now found a way to overcome the high banking fees hurdle and it is now ready to implement it.
We are piloting it this week at the Cape Town Civic Centre and its working very well. We will then roll it out to the rest of motor vehicle offices.— Ald. Ian Neilson, Executive Deputy Mayor
For the piloting period, the card payment facility is only available for motorists who are renewing their car licenses. Nielson says they are hoping to have the card payment facilities implemented to all their motor vehicle offices in four months.
Listen to the full conversation below: