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TFL unveils card pay plan for cabbies in Uber battle

All black-cabs could soon take card payments in a new initiative by Transport for London to help the capital's taxi drivers compete with cashless rivals Uber.

Plans to help London taxi drivers in their battle to compete with rival car-booking company Uber have been revealed by TFL Credit: PA

There is currently no requirement for taxis to accept card payments, and only around half of drivers do, despite 83% of passengers preferring the option to be able to pay by card, according to a recent survey.

TFL said it will hold a consultation with drivers and passengers, but stressed there is no intention to stop taxis accepting cash as a payment option.

Card payments have become a central part of the lives of Londoners over the past few years - something that has only increased since the introduction of contactless payment.

– TfL's taxi and private hire general manager Helen Chapman

The announcement comes just a day after the release of film capturing a bicycling London Mayor Boris Johnson in a four-letter tirade with a black-cab driver.

Crime figures fall on London's transport network

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Crime across London's transport network is at a record low, according to figures from Transport for London and British Transport Police

They say crime on London transport has fallen by 8.3 per cent - the ninth year running of falling crime rates.

It comes as TfL and London Mayor Boris Johnson are setting out their plans for policing the night time Tube services due to be introduced later this year.

They say greater numbers of police will patrol the Night Tube to ensure customers feel safe and secure.

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