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Legislation would force taxi cabs to take plastic payments

November 24, 2011

One of the biggest headaches for some consumers is the lack of credit card terminals inside taxi cabs.

One of the biggest headaches for some consumers is the lack of credit card terminals inside taxi cabs.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the Minneapolis City Council is considering a proposal that will force all taxis to come equipped with payment terminals to process credit and debit cards. The person behind the effort to pass the new ordinance is Gary Schiff, who also supported a recent effort to loosen the liquor laws in the city.

A recent staff report obtained by the newspaper revealed that more customers wanted to pay with cards.

“The acceptance of credit/debit cards to pay taxi cab fares addresses passengers’ preferences and expectations about payment options,” Patrick Hilden, of the city’s licensing office, said in the staff report, according to the newspaper. “Individuals, whether residents or visitors traveling for business or pleasure, use credit/debit cards to account for expenses and avoid carrying excessive amounts of cash.”

Across the pond, there is other technology news when it comes to taxis. The recently introduced Hailo application, available on the Android and iOS, allows people to book the drivers’ services in advance.  

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