Londoners are to be asked for their views on making all Taxi drivers accept payment via debit and credit card.
Although some drivers already accept cards, many choose not to because they’re reluctant to increase overheads by paying for the installation and running costs for card terminals.
In July, Transport for London bosses unveiled proposals to make card acceptance mandatory – a measure they say offers benefits both to passengers and drivers.
Under TfL’s plans, the current surcharge levied when paying by card would be axed with the average cost of a card transaction included in the standard fare, meaning passengers would pay the same amount regardless of their payment method.
Earlier this week the TfL board approved a request to hold a public consultation on the proposal which TfL’s in-house polling suggests is backed by around 90% of Taxi users.
A TfL spokesman said the consultation was likely to take place next year.