Fawry, Egypt’s leading nationwide Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment (EBPP) platform, announced today its launch of a new payment service that will enable customers to pay their traffic fines directly via the Fawry network of payment channels. The new service, which is made possible by an agreement signed with the Public Prosecution, marks yet another innovative way that Egypt’s EBPP leader is making convenient and efficient payment services readily available to government bodies and the public.
The service, which will initially be launched in the Cairo and Giza governorates and gradually be rolled out nationwide, works as follows: owners of all vehicle types – private cars, taxis, trucks, and motorcycles – use their national ID to inquire about pending fines and are subsequently provided with their name, the vehicle licence plate number, the number of fines and the total value that needs to be paid, which they can in turn pay directly through the Fawry channels. Once the customer has successfully completed their payment, the General Prosecutor’s system will be updated to reflect that the payment has been made, and the fine certificate will be printed, delivered to the relevant traffic unit and attached to the driver’s file within three days of payment completion.
“Our new vehicle fine payment service is another great example of how Fawry is making payment-related services more convenient and efficient for both Egyptian government authorities and the public,” said Ashraf Sabry, CEO of Fawry. “From a consumer side, vehicle owners will be empowered with the freedom to quickly and easily pay their fines at thousands of locations in the Fawry network, thus removing the need to wait in long lines at traffic units.
“From a governmental perspective, the new service will allow the Public Prosecution and traffic units to better serve the public by providing them with faster, more efficient payment options. The streamlining of payments offered by Fawry can be adopted by other governmental bodies, and we at Fawry urge them to do so that both they and the wider public can further reap the benefits of the Fawry EBPP model,” he added.
The service will first be available to 1.7m of the 6m registered vehicles in Cairo and Giza, and will subsequently be offered to the 6m registered vehicles across Egypt once the service is offered nationwide. In addition to paying their vehicle fines, users can continue to pay for the fees and taxes for their driver’s licence via Fawry channels, a service that was launched in February of this year.
Fawry is a bi-lingual Arabic-English platform that provides a convenient and secure one-stop-shop for electronic bill payment services to the public, and connects consumers, merchants, governments and financial institutions via a consolidated gateway for the straight-through processing of electronic bill (“e-bill”) presentment and payment through multiple payment channels, including online payments, mobile wallet and Point of Sale (POS) machines that are available 24/7. The network processes more than one million daily transactions, worth EGP 4bn (around $571m) annually.
The platform allows consumers from across all socio-economic strata in more than 300 cities and suburbs across Egypt to pay for their bills online, on mobile and at more than 40,000 points of presence across the nation, including 15 banks and 4,200 ATMs; 1,300 Egypt Post branches; and 35,000 retailers, comprising of pharmacies, supermarkets and convenience stores.