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Minneapolis taxis will accept credit card

January 17, 2012

Taxis in Minneapolis will be forced to accept credit cards in the coming months after the city council approved a new merchant services measure.

Taxis in Minneapolis will be forced to accept credit cards in the coming months after the city council approved a new merchant services measure.

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports the local government voted by an 11-2 margin to require city cabs to put in electronic payment processors that will allow people to pay by credit card. Part of the reason for the measure is so that people without cash wouldn’t be caught in the middle of the night if they needed a taxi.   

Gustavo Morelos, owner of a cab company, said that fewer people were using cash these days.

“People like to use the credit cards,” Morelos told the source. “Like today, for example, I got four credit cards. No cash, just cards. So I’ve got no cash in my pockets.”

Those who voted against the regulations said that the decision should be left up to the businesses themselves. In an interview with the newspaper, council member Meg Ruthill said that she didn’t think the government had a “right to legislate” the process.

In Chicago, where the industry has similar requirements, drivers are hoping to pass a measure that would charge riders $1.50 per ride when using cards.

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