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All black cabs will accept card and contactless payments from Monday

By Hayley Spencer

Thanks to contactless cards, oyster and Apple Pay, it's easy to squander our hard-earned money without ever visiting a cash machine. And now cabs have finally caught up with our demand for frivolous spending. Thanks to Sadiq Khan's Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan, all cabs will accept card and contactless payments as of Monday.

Many black cabs have carried card machines for years, but until now there's been no regulation, making it optional for cabbies.

'While many black cab drivers already provide the service, it’s important that Londoners know for certain that they won’t have to run to the cash machine before they start their journey,' said the Mayor. 'Our black cabs provide a unique and invaluable service for Londoners and guaranteed card payment will be good for our black cab industry, and good for passengers across London.'

Finally, you won't have to take a detour to the cash point when you realise the pocket change in your wallet won't cover your cab. Thanks, Sadiq!

In other cool London transport news, this animated tube map shows the busiest times on the tube.

Also, the Knowledge might become a formal qualification.

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