Motorists aiming to use the Nairobi Expressway on a trial basis from Saturday, May 14 will not be allowed to pay to use the road through mobile money platforms during the first days of its operations.
Moja Expressway, a subsidiary of China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), will operate the road for the next 27 years and use the revenue collected from toll fees to recoup the money spent to build it.
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Officials at the firm revealed that the decision to delay the rollout of mobile money payments was because the transactions would increase traffic congestion, especially at the tolling points. This leaves motorists with two options, to pay to use the road through cash or through electronic cards.
“No mobile money payment at the moment. It is still in consideration. It will be there in the future,” a Moja Expressway spokesperson told the Business Daily.
The delay is expected to limit motorists who wish to use the road without paying for it via cash or cards. Millions of Kenyans use mobile money transactions to pay for goods and services every day.
However, the company has moved to woo more motorists into using the road by rolling out a discount system to increase card payments for motorists that will load their cards with a minimum of Ksh2,000 in toll points.
Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) deputy director for corporate communication Samwel Kumba said motorists using Electronic Toll Cards (ETC) on the road will get a five per cent discount every time they load their cards with the aforementioned amount.
Road users planning to use Manual Toll Cards (MTC) will get a two per cent discount when they load a minimum of Ksh2,000 in points on their cards. Kumba added that the discount would be applicable for as long as motorists use the road for the time being.
Moja is offering motorists three modes of payment: electronic toll collection (ETC), manual toll collection (MTC), and cash. Drivers will need to bring with them a copy of their vehicle logbooks on top of their national ID cards for safety as well as proof of ownership and to make sure that the car matches with the On-Board Unit (OBU), which cannot be transferred to another vehicle.
The ETC service allows toll points to be electronically deducted through the pre-installed OBU, offering a nonstop road service. With the ETC card, motorists would need to pay a service charge of Ksh1,000 and then buy toll points of at least Ksh2,000, which will be deducted whenever they use the road but are only valid for one year.
The other option for motorists is the Ksh5,000 ETC card which would allow them to escape paying a service fee and all the money will be used as toll points, which will also be deducted whenever they use the road but are only valid for one year.
Applying For Toll Card Online
An online platform is available for motorists who want the card and are advised to visit the nairobiexpressway(dot)ke and create an account for either an individual account or corporate.
Applicants will be required to register using an ID number or a valid passport number. Other requirements include the creation of a password and a valid mobile phone number for verification.
Upon creating an account, a verification code will be sent to the mobile number used in the registration. After entering the verification code, users will be directed to the application portal.
For the card, users are advised to pick Apply for a new MTC card. The applicant will then be required to enter the email address and a postal address as well as attach a copy of the ID/ Passport used in registration.
They will then pick a collection centre, that is, Nairobi Expressway Plaza at City Cabanas along Mombasa Road.