Black Cabs and Card Payments (2)

MQT on 2015-09-16
Session date: 
September 16, 2015
Question By: 
Murad Qureshi
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What steps are you taking to ensure a greater diversity of payment methods are available for those using black cabs?


Answer for Black Cabs and Card Payments (2)

Answer for Black Cabs and Card Payments (2)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London taxis are the envy of the world. It is right that they keep pace with modern society and accept a variety of payment methods to suit the needs of their passengers. Currently there is no 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

As part of a major step to improve taxi fare payments, TfL recently consulted on whether passengers should be able to pay for their journeys in black taxis by card, contactless and Apple Pay. The consultation proposals were endorsed by senior taxi trade representatives and card providers.

Discussions between TfL and card payment providers are ongoing to ensure the best deal for drivers and passengers. The 1,100 responses to the consultation are being analysed and the TfL Board will take a final decision later in the year.