TfL has announced that all of London’s black cabs will be required to have a contactless card payment reader -- either fixed or handheld -- on board from October 31st.
Though some cabbies were quick to embrace card payments, it’s always been cash, cash, cash for the majority. So this represents a long overdue baby step in the right direction.
Unfortunately, customers will have to pay for the convenience. The minimum fare for customers paying by card will jump from £2.40 to £2.60, with that extra 20p said to cover the costs "associated with card payments". We’re not sure Uber will be especially worried.
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Oh, and from January, those card readers will have to be fixed on the passenger side of the glass. [Engadget]