The use of credit card processing software is not just limited to brick-and-mortar stores, but can be applicable to a variety of different payment situations. In Washington D.C., a campaign regarding the required implementation of card-reading systems in area taxis has undergone some modifications with the arrival of a new proposal calling for changes to existing plans. It is hoped that this will lead to more flexibility as operators determine the system that works best for them, while dealing with flat starting rates and surcharges that apply to all.
This proposal has the endorsement of the D.C. Taxicab Commission and if it is approved in an upcoming April hearing might be put into action as early as the end of May.
Mandatory card readers has been an ongoing issue for the city's cabs, with action having been delayed multiple times now. Even if the approval is given this Spring, taxis will have until the end of August to meet the decided-upon standards.
Much of the fine-tuning in these new regulations involves the charges designed to balance out the expense of putting card readers in every cab. The commission has floated different ideas around this in the past, and is now favoring such features as a blanket fee of $1 added to any fare that includes more than a single passenger. Starting fees will also be slightly higher than previously discussed.
By allowing cab companies to choose the type of credit processing software that's best for them, the commission has given some freedom to providers and opened up the conversation. There are many things to consider when taking on new payment equipment, especially when efforts are being made to work towards a broad set of usable standards, and companies that take care when choosing their own systems are more likely to see both higher efficiency and better customer response.