Every taxi driver must accept card and contactless payments and provide printed receipts for those payments upon request.
All taxis must have a fully working TfL-approved fixed card payment device fitted within the passenger compartment - a handheld payment device will not meet the licensing requirements. Any taxi found not to meet the requirement will be issued with an unfit notice, which will remain in place until the requirement is fulfilled and the vehicle is presented for inspection.
All taxis must also display the taxi contactless and card acceptance signs:
There are no exemptions from the card payment mandate, including the requirement that a card payment terminal must be fitted within the passenger compartment.
We currently have 16 card payment providers with approved systems that meet the new card payment requirements. Ten of these are approved for use in the new LEVC TX eCity taxi.
Card payment provider
Approved for TX eCity?
|Cab:app Ltd||Miura M010||cabapp.io||07508 550 211||Yes|
|Cabvision Network Ltd||Ingenico IPP220
|www.cabvision.com||020 7655 6970||Yes|
|CMT UK Ltd||CMT FREEdom Solution||www.cmt.london||020 7183 1894||Yes|
|ComCab||VeriFone VX820||www.comcablondon.com||020 8962 1800||Yes|
|Curb Mobility Ltd||
|www.gocurb.com||0333 666 1000||Yes|
|Dial a Cab||Ingenico IPP350||www.dialacab.co.uk||020 7251 0581||Yes|
|Farepay Ltd||Miura M010||www.farepay.co.uk||020 3369 9691||No|
|ingenico.co.uk||020 3702 1500||No|
|iZettle||Miura M010||www.izettle.com||07885 294 841||Yes|
|MyTaxi||SumUp Air||www.mytaxi.com||020 3936 0890||No|
|Payataxi||Miura M010||www.payataxi.com||0333 123 1243||Yes|
|SumUp (formerly Payleven)
||Miura M010||www.sumup.co.uk/payleven||0203 510 9457||No|
|PayPal||Miura M010||www.paypal.com||0800 358 7911||Yes|
|www.mtdata-uk.com||0844 800 8772||No|
|Taxiworld Ltd||Taxiworld FREEdom Solution||www.taxiworld.co.uk||020 8885 8666||Yes|
|The Payment House||
|www.thepaymenthouse.com||07454 545 542||
Taxi drivers must have the facility to offer a printed receipt on demand, in accordance with our Electronic Payment Guidance.
If you know of a card payment device that has not been approved by TfL, but which you would like to use, please ask the company to contact TfL as it may be possible for us to approve their device.
The TfL Board agreed that passengers should be able to pay by card, including contactless, at its meeting on 3 February 2016 and from 31 October 2016 all licensed taxi drivers have been required to accept credit and debit card payments. As of 1 January 2017, all card payment devices were required to be securely fitted in the passenger compartment.
Payments through apps such as HailoPay etc. are permitted if a passenger has access to the app via their own phone or device. Drivers must not enter card details into their own phone or device to process a payment.
Drivers are not expected to leave their cab should a problem with payment arise and they do not feel safe to do so.
Should a problem occur, our advice to drivers is:
If a passenger refuses to pay and an amicable agreement cannot be found, drivers should consider contacting the police.
All taxi drivers must check that the card payment device is fully working before starting work.
If a taxi driver experiences any problems with their card payment device they should contact the provider of the card payment system as soon as possible in order to report the problem and rectify the issue.
If you rent a taxi then you must immediately report the problem to the proprietor so they can report this to the card payment device company and arrange for the device to be fixed or replaced, and provide you with a replacement taxi if necessary.
When reporting a problem, the card payment device company should be asked to provide:
This information must then be produced if you are stopped by a TfL Compliance Officer before the card payment device has been fixed or replaced.
If you experience any problems with your card payment device outside of office hours you should follow the same steps as above.
Since 13 January 2018 it has been an offence for companies, including private hire operators, to charge their customers a surcharge, or extra, because they are paying by credit or debit card.
Information about this change to the law can be found on the government's website.
Complaints about being charged more when paying by debit or credit card should be reported to your local Trading Standards office.