MTA approves measure requiring credit card equipment in SF cabs 

San Francisco cab-goers will no longer be forced to scrounge up a few bucks to hitch a ride, as a new resolution was approved Tuesday requiring all cabs to accept credit cards as a form of payment.

The overwhelming majority of city cabs accept credit cards already, but Tuesday’s decision — passed by the Municipal Transportation Agency’s Board of Directors — assures that all taxis will have to comply by the measure.

A stipulation that the credit card transaction fees be paid by the cab companies (and not the drivers) was also included in the measure approved Tuesday.

Since 2002, when taxis began installing credit card equipments in their vehicles, passengers have increasingly turned to plastic to pay for their rides.

The MTA, which oversees taxi operations in The City, is now considering a 75-cent surcharge to offset the high level of credit card transactions fees.

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