Taxi drivers should NOT be expected to offer ‘cash-back’ facility to passengers says London Mayor

London taxi drivers should not be expected to offer a ‘cash-back’ facility whilst working said the London Mayor. Sadiq Khan has ruled out the service being offered to passengers due to the risks attached carrying large sums of money.

The news comes following a question put forward by London Assembly Member Davis Kurten. He asked the Mayor who decides whether cashback is a facility that can be provided, and what mechanisms does TfL have to stop a taxi driver providing this? Khan responded by saying: “Transport for London (TfL) is responsible for the conditions of fitness for London cabs including that cabs must be fitted with an approved card payment device.  The list of approved devices and their specifications is published on TfL’s website. “Card payment devices do not currently provide for cashback and I would be concerned about taxi drivers needing to carry large sums of cash to facilitate this.” 

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