London's Cashless Push May See Cabbies Forced to Take Cards

By Gary Cutlack on at

London's black cab drivers may soon have a new worry, with Transport for London considering launching a consultation on the idea of making all cabbies take payments by card.

Currently, the decision to take cards or not rests with each driver. Around half of London's official cabs take cards, but half don't -- claiming there's quite a cost involved in setting up a mobile debit card till in their vehicles. If the consultation goes ahead and is agreed, all of London's black cabs could be made to accept cards by 2016. [Standard]