A consultation has been launched to ask whether passengers should always have the option of paying for their journeys in London's iconic 'black' taxis by card - making it even easier for anyone to jump into a cab and travel around the Capital. The London taxi trade has long been envied as a world-leading service. TfL and trade representatives are working together to maintain that reputation by trying to make it as easy and convenient as possible to use.
The proposal was endorsed at a meeting last month between TfL, the Deputy Mayor for Transport Isabel Dedring, senior taxi trade representatives and card providers. Subject to the outcome of TfL's consultation, all agreed to work together to find a payment solution that will work for both drivers and customers.
The consultation is another step in TfL's continuing efforts, together with trade representatives, to modernise the industry and ensure that black cabs remain an essential part of life for people living in, working in or visiting London. Currently there isn't a requirement for taxis to accept card payments, and only around half of drivers do, despite a recent survey suggesting that 83% of passengers would like to be able to pay by card.
The consultation seeks views on whether card payments should be accepted, giving passengers an alternative to cash. There is no intention to stop taxis accepting cash payments or for taxis to become cashless.