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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:30 pm 
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forcing all cars to take credit cards that'll go down well

As the aftermath of the latest Uber revelations rumble on , Guildford is having its own discussions on the future of taxi and private hire vehicles.

Guildford Borough Council heard recommendations from licensing team leader, Mike Smith, on plans for all taxi and private hire vehicles to be card payment equipped by April 1 2019.


The latest requirement for Guildford drivers follows the poorly received policy adopted by the council in December 2015 which implemented the turquoise re-branding.

Mr Smith laid out various benefits to the new policy and said: "Since the approval of the last policy things have moved on quite significantly in the taxi world."

The benefits of introducing card enabled payment mentioned by Mr Smith included:

Not having to queue at a cash point in order to get money to pay for a taxi.

Less dispute over how to split a fare. eh :doubt:

If there is less requirement for drivers to carry cash, they become less of a target for crime.

There would be a financial impact for drivers at a coast of around £500 per year to supply a suitable card payment device which would be required to accept Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards, accept contactless payments and provide a receipt.

Mr Smith suggested that it would be very easy to break this cost down into each individual fare to ensure that no direct cost is incurred by the drivers.

A typical card transaction costs roughly 1% of the total fare, meaning that if you're journey cost you £10, a 10p transaction fee would be taken by the device provider. REALLY :shock:

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edders23 wrote:
forcing all cars to take credit cards that'll go down well

As the aftermath of the latest Uber revelations rumble on , Guildford is having its own discussions on the future of taxi and private hire vehicles.

Guildford Borough Council heard recommendations from licensing team leader, Mike Smith, on plans for all taxi and private hire vehicles to be card payment equipped by April 1 2019.


The latest requirement for Guildford drivers follows the poorly received policy adopted by the council in December 2015 which implemented the turquoise re-branding.

Mr Smith laid out various benefits to the new policy and said: "Since the approval of the last policy things have moved on quite significantly in the taxi world."

The benefits of introducing card enabled payment mentioned by Mr Smith included:

Not having to queue at a cash point in order to get money to pay for a taxi.

Less dispute over how to split a fare. eh :doubt:

If there is less requirement for drivers to carry cash, they become less of a target for crime.

There would be a financial impact for drivers at a coast of around £500 per year to supply a suitable card payment device which would be required to accept Visa and Mastercard credit and debit cards, accept contactless payments and provide a receipt.

Mr Smith suggested that it would be very easy to break this cost down into each individual fare to ensure that no direct cost is incurred by the drivers.

A typical card transaction costs roughly 1% of the total fare, meaning that if you're journey cost you £10, a 10p transaction fee would be taken by the device provider. REALLY :shock:


Another idiot licensing officer trying to force his view onto a legitimate business,WHERE does it state in any TAXI or Private hire licensing Act that a Council can dictate or legislate on how to pay.
It has always been the service providers right to demand how the user pays and by what method.


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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:06 pm 
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they should take the council to court, I mean they were so successful last time - viewtopic.php?f=2&t=30250

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:45 pm 
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they should take the council to court, I mean they were so successful last time - http://taxi-driver.co.uk/phpBB2/viewtop ... =2&t=30250


If My punters want to Pay in US dollars and I'm happy with that then that's fine, I'll just exchange it and declare it as I would any other income....but no one can make me accept only cards and nor can anyone in the UK demand that you must accept Credit card payments if you do not want to...as long as you give a receipt if requested then any form of legitimate payment is fine.


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Less dispute over how to split a fare.

Really? :-k

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edders23 wrote:
If there is less requirement for drivers to carry cash, they become less of a target for crime.

Biggest growth of any crime currently is cyber crime.

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Sussex wrote:
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If there is less requirement for drivers to carry cash, they become less of a target for crime.

Biggest growth of any crime currently is cyber crime.


What happens if you accept a contactless payment from a stolen card?
Are you the one is going to be out of pocket from a chargeback?


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This is all about giving the banks and tax man control over us

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:09 am 
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Compulsory in London for about a year now, for black cabs at least.

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/201 ... om-october

Suspect it will gradually happen across the country, although probably more for HCs than private hire at the early stages.

Reading between the lines regarding London, seems it was supported strongly by the trade, who probably considered the threat from Uber to be an important consideration.

Official information here:

https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/media/press ... -from-mond

https://tfl.gov.uk/info-for/taxis-and-p ... d-payments


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:15 am 
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Sussex wrote:
edders23 wrote:
Less dispute over how to split a fare.

Really? :-k


Could just see four students each wanting to pay their share by separate credit card :roll:


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:32 pm 
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StuartW wrote:
Sussex wrote:
edders23 wrote:
Less dispute over how to split a fare.

Really? :-k


Could just see four students each wanting to pay their share by separate credit card :roll:
Happened to me £6 fare two young uns.
Both handed me their cards 'can you take £3 off each ?' - err, no. Either one pays the full amount or you can both go to the cashpoint WE ARE PARKED 10 FEET FROM !

Ohh it's ok we'll just give you the cash !!!! :roll: #-o


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