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Taxis get Square in DC

Washington, D.C. has taken a step to assistance a city’s taxis sojourn applicable and contest with ride-hailing apps like Uber and Lyft. As of Aug 31, 2017, all cab drivers in a city will have to make a switch from a aged meters we all know and hatred to new digital meters with payments powered by Square.

By a finish of a summer, all cab drivers will be means to appropriate your label a same approach internal coffee shops and food carts do, with a Square reader plugged into a smartphone or tablet. The city’s Department of For-Hire Vehicles (DFHV) has authorized a few scale apps already that drivers can select to use. Like ride-hailing apps, a new meters will concede for energetic pricing for passengers who accost a cab from a curb.

Passengers will get transport estimates, GPS track tracking and electronic receipts, only like we would with Uber or Lyft. You won’t have a credit label stored in a app, though. You’ll have to swipe, daub or drop your label or phone to compensate a transport regulating Square when a float is concluded. You’ll also be means to tip a motorist regulating a app, a same approach we do when we compensate with Square only about anywhere.

Washington, D.C. is a initial city to transition to all digital meters, so it will be engaging to see if a preference creates a hole in a arise of float hailing-services there.

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