Vientiane Capital State Bus Enterprise (VSCBE,) which operates Vientiane City Bus Service, is implementing a cashless electronic payment system for some of its routes in the capital.
Passengers on the Airport line and ITECC line are now able to pay for their journey via the LDB trust service, a QR code payment system developed by Lao Development Bank.
Payments can also be made with VISA, MasterCard, UnionPay and JCB, according to images of the service revealed by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Laos.
If it is successful, other banks will join the movement to provide the cashless payment services for the bus users, said JICA.
JICA has closely worked with the country’s Ministry of Public Works and Transport, Department of Public Works and Transport and Vientiane Capital to enhance the capacity of VSCBE as well as to promote public bus ridership in Vientiane.
In particular, they focused on improving the corporate management system, bus operation service and transportation policy on public bus service.
VSCBE currently operates 14 city routes, of which 11 are urban, as well as six provincial routes and four international routes to Thailand.
As of June 2017, the total number of employees and workers of VCSBE stood at 242, and 133 of them were drivers.