Transport for London has this week announced that London’s black cabs will be getting support for contactless payments from next year, allowing users to grab a taxi and pay for it quickly.

In order to get this into effect their will be a slight rise in the basic fair that customers will have to pay for these taxis, with a raise of 20p on the minimum that people will have to pay to cover to costs of the transaction when using contactless payments.

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, said the following about the news:

`This is great news for the millions of people who use London’s world famous black cabs. This move will boost business for cabbies and bring the trade into the 21st century by enabling quicker and more convenient journeys for customers.’

Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer for Surface Transport, added:

`This is a very positive change for taxi drivers and for our customers. London is increasingly a cashless city, with people using cards to pay for all aspects of their daily life – including transport. We are seeing more and more people use contactless payments on our network, and mandating card payments in taxis will mean customers no longer have to consider how they might pay for a journey before getting into a taxi. It will also benefit drivers, who will see their services opened up to potential new business.’

Alongside the introduction of contactless payments, London’s black cabs will also get support for regular credit and debit card payments, making its way to the taxis from October 2016.

You can find out more about the news at the source link below.

Source: Transport for London

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