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Judge orders delay for taxi credit card payments in D.C.

September 11, 2012

A recent ruling means that consumers in Washington, D.C., will have to wait in order to get credit card readers inserted inside taxi cabs.

A recent ruling means that consumers in Washington, D.C., will have to wait in order to get credit card readers inserted inside taxi cabs.

The Washington Post reports that the new system, a $35 million deal struck between VeriFone Systems and the district, would be halted after a judge on the Contract Appeals Board demanded further information. Those representing the taxi industry said that the deal should be able to go forward in order to help riders have an easier way of taking part in the merchant services-related technology.

“I’m unhappy,” said Ron M. Linton, chairman of the District’s Taxicab Commission, in an interview with the newspaper. “But I have to live with the legal structure that the government had developed. . . . I don’t think [the decision to halt work] is in the best interest of the people of the District of Columbia.”

There is other news when it comes to taxi technology. The Financial Post reports that San Francisco-based Ubet Technologies created a product that allows users to pay their fare with a smartphone application.

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