Garrett Emmerson, TfL’s Chief Operating Officer for Surface Transport, said: “We believe the acceptance of card and contactless payments will be a huge plus for both taxi drivers and their passengers. Card payments are part of everyday life in London, and people use them in every aspect of their lives. The TfL network is seeing more and more contactless payments so this would bring the taxi trade into line with other transport services in the Capital. It means that customers no longer have to check whether they have cash for a journey beforehand and will open up taxis to potential new customers.”
TfL has also committed to working with the card industry to link card payment devices directly to the taximeter in future.
Richard Koch, Head of Policy at The UK Cards Association, said: “Consumers are increasingly choosing to pay with cards as a convenient and secure alternative to cash. It’s great news for Londoners, and visitors to the Capital, that they’ll always have the option of using a debit or credit card in taxis now too. With one in ten card transactions now contactless, many passengers will also welcome the ability simply to touch and pay for their cab journey.”