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Boost for London taxi users as black cabs waive fees on card payments

London taxi users are already quids in following the decision by black cabs to end charging passengers fees if paying by card. Both debit and credit card users up to recently had 10% or £1 added to their bill for a journey in the city’s taxis.

All black cab drivers in London will have to accept card payments from later on this year as Transport for London (TfL) wants to make fare paying easier for passengers
All black cab drivers in London will have to accept card payments from later on this year as Transport for London (TfL) wants to make fare paying easier for passengers Image by James Barrett / CC BY-SA 2.0

Transport for London (TfL) confirmed that regardless of the method of payment, all passengers would now pay whatever amount appeared on the vehicle’s meter.  The Evening Standard reports that the move comes in advance of all black cabs being required by TfL to accept card payments from October next. Drivers will get compensation for the cost of accepting a card as the minimum fare will be increased to £2.60 – a jump of 20p.

Visitors to London will find it easier to make taxi payments with the introduction of debit and credit card payments on all black cabs by October
Visitors to London will find it easier to make taxi payments with the introduction of debit and credit card payments on all black cabs by October Image by Leonid Andronov

TfL’s chief operating officer for surface transport, Garrett Emmerson said the company is happy to reduce costs for card users. He said people use them in every walk of life and taxis accepting this payment method would be “a huge boost for Londoners, visitors and drivers.”