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Some D.C. taxi drivers say now that they've installed credit card machines in their cabs, they haven't received thousands of dollars in credit card fares.
A group of cab drivers is calling the new cab requirements discriminatory and a violation of their privacy. Five drivers have filed a class-action lawsuit against the D.C. Taxicab Commission, its chairman and the mayor.
Ninety percent of all cabs operating within the District now accept credit cards.
The D.C. taxi commission said they would consider hardship appeals on a case-by-case basis for those drivers who have not yet received waivers and won't have the equipment in time to meet the deadline.
Passengers must wait a little longer before every D.C. taxicab is equipped with credit card readers. More than half of the city's cabs will not be ready to accept cashless payments by the Sept. 1 deadline.
The D.C. Taxicab Commission, the D.C. Lottery and the D.C. Department of Transportation's Business Opportunity and Workforce Development Center — all currently located in various, privately owned Anacostia buildings — will move to the renovated 2235 Shannon Place SE once its rehabilitation is complete in roughly 12 months.
Taxicabs in the District of Columbia will be required to accept credit and debit cards by the end of August.
The D.C. Taxicab Commission says taxi and sedan service Uber is charging an automatic 20 percent tip on cab rides booked through its app or website, a practice the agency says is illegal.
The D.C. Taxicab Commission, abandoning the effort for a standardize citywide smart meter, instead will issue regulations this week requiring all District taxis to accept credit cards by March 30.
All taxicabs in the District of Columbia will be required to accept credit cards by March 30.
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