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Minneapolis City Council Passes Taxi Cab Credit Requirement

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This just passed in Minneapolis and I think it should hit the Northland too.  I took a cab in Minneapolis this summer and was happily surprised they took check cards or credit cards, not just cash.  As this story supports, my tip to the cab drive was a little more than if I had to pay cash so I think it’s a win for everyone over time.  Thoughts?

No cash for the ride home? No problem, as of June 1.

The Minneapolis City Council voted Friday to require taxi cabs in the city to accept credit cards starting this summer. The new ordinance, which passed on an 11-2 vote, was spearheaded by council member Gary Schiff.

Schiff expressed concerns about the number of people who are left stranded late at night because they don’t have enough cash. Opponents, including the Taxicab Drivers and Owners Association, said it would be a financial burden on taxi drivers who have to pay the bank fees.

“We should be worried about being a hospitable city that allows the easiest way possible for people to get around,” Schiff said. He added that research in other city’s shows taxi tips increase when credit cards are used.

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