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Black cabs will soon accept cards and contactless payments (but prices are going up)

Isabelle Aron

London's black cabs are finally being pulled into the twenty-first century as TfL has announced that from October 2016, all London taxis will be required to accept debit and credit cards, as well as contactless payments. TfL has negotiated with credit card providers to bring down the cost of drivers accepting card payments, which means passengers won't have to pay any extra transaction fees. But we will have to make up some of the shortfall, with minimum fare costs rising 20p to £2.40. Although if you're prepared to shell out for a black cab in the first place, an extra 20p shouldn't exactly break the bank. 

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And did you know the black cab has been voted the most iconic London transport design?

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