18 May 2016
Action for Cabbies wholly supports and agrees that all taxis should accept credit cards and that passengers are able to pay fares by cards as well as cash; what we do not support is the ban on transaction surcharges and the surcharges being levied against drivers.
If card payments become as popular as TfL suggest they will be, TfL’s ban is likely to cause annual losses to the taxi industry of over £9m a year, losses the industry can ill afford when it is under unprecedented competition from minicabs.
Therefore, Action for Cabbies has funded a claim brought by driver, Mr James Thomas, for a judicial review of TfL’s decision to ban drivers from passing on transaction fees to passengers where they are paying by card.
The claim was formally served on TfL yesterday, 17 May 2016.
It is our view – and the view of Rosenblatt (Jim’s lawyers) - that TfL’s ban is both unfair and irrational.
A much fairer solution, and one supported by the majority of all respondents during TfL’s 2015 consultation, would have been for TfL to have allowed drivers to charge a surcharge which reflects their transaction fees, but no more than these fees incurred by the driver.
We very much hope that Jim’s claim will encourage TfL to review its decision and adopt this fairer solution.
Thankyou for your continued support, Stronger together.