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D.C. residents have to wait on taxi mobile payments

February 6, 2013

Rather than digging through backpacks, pockets and purses for bills and change, many travelers would find it much easier to whip out their cards and pay for a taxi ride via a backseat credit card terminal.

Rather than digging through backpacks, pockets and purses for bills and change, many travelers would find it much easier to whip out their cards and pay for a taxi ride via a backseat credit card terminal. This can also save some heartache and an even longer trip if the passenger doesn’t have the right amount of cash on them. Many cities are now suggesting metropolitan service providers install the technology in their vehicles.

However, residents of and travelers to Washington D.C., are going to have to wait a little longer for relief. According to The Hoya, the District of Columbia Taxicab Commission delayed a motion that would require cars operating in the city to feature the technology from their choice of vendor until March 30. The source said this happened because a recent meeting did not have a mandatory quorum. 

After March, the tools will likely be more widely available.

However, people visiting New York City might be a tad luckier. The Financial Times reported that London company Hailo will soon launch their smartphone application in the city for pedestrians to find cabs. The source said that the business has seen large success in Dublin, Boston, Toronto and Chicago thus far and will likely appeal to a large market in New York.

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