SCB gets rolling on cashless push via PromptPay
SIAM Commercial Bank has launched a service that enables its customers to pay for taxi and delivery services through the bank’s link-up with the state’s PromptPay scheme.
The SCB service is operating with four partners: Grab Taxi, All Thai Taxi, Skootar and Eat Ranger.
Arak Sutivong, the bank’s chief strategy officer, said: “SCB is committed to creating products and services that meet the needs of new-generation consumers’ lifestyles via digital platforms.
“The bank also supports the Thai government’s strategy to develop a national e-payment infrastructure for the digital economy and is campaigning for cashless payments to become popular.”
The bank sees the service as raising awareness of the government’s payment scheme and the convenience for customers of doing away with cash for basic transport services.
“Customers of our alliance partners’ taxi and delivery services can pay via SCB PromptPay through the SCB Easy application, instead of using cash,” Arak said.
“This offers them a convenient and secure payment alternative. Vehicles that are part of this campaign will have an SCB PromptPay sticker visible on the front. “
The executive said more than 1,000 taxis and delivery bikes had joined the service.
“We expect the number to reach 10,000 by the end of this year and are accepting applications from interested taxi drivers at SCB branches in Bangkok and nearby areas,” Arak said.
SCB will offer promotional privileges for passengers and drivers to encourage broad take-up of the PromptPay service.
In addition to taxi and delivery services, SCB is offering a promotion to customers who link their accounts to the PromptPay service. Those who do so can make free transfers to any recipients whose accounts are also linked to PromptPay.
The promotion, which lasts until May 1, requires the transfers be made from ATM machines, the SCB Easy application or SCB Easy Net.
“There is no limit on the number of times and amounts transferred as long as they do not exceed the customer’s authorised limit,” Arak said.
“SCB will also foster awareness and understanding of SCB PromptPay by having booths with staff who can answer customer queries at over 700 SCB branches nationwide.”
For customers using SCB PromptPay only a telephone number or identification number linked to an SCB account is required.