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D.C. Taxis to Take Credit Cards by Aug. 31

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — 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 approved the requirement on Wednesday. It’s part of a broad package of reforms to the taxi industry that city government leaders have been pushing.

The implementation of the credit-card requirement has been beset by a series of delays. But the commission says the rules requiring installation of the credit-card readers will take effect on May 31. Drivers will then have three months to comply.

Fares will increase slightly to offset the cost to drivers of installing the new equipment.

WNEW’s Kevin Rincon contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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