Taxis Required to Accept Credit Cards by March 31

1/22/2013, 4:14 p.m.

The D.C. Taxicab Commission will issue regulations this week requiring all District taxis to accept credit cards by March 30.

However, according to reports, taxi drivers will have a choice of which credit cards they will use with a proposed smart reader system that will include an interactive screen, GPS navigation and panic buttons.

In announcing the credit card mandate on Jan. 18, the Commission indicated that it will use its regulatory authority to require upgrades to the remaining cash-only cabs that serve the city.

The mandate for drivers to accept credit cards is part of reformation efforts of the local taxi system that were approved last year.