Dear PoPville – What’s the Status on Credit Card Readers in Taxi Cabs? And What’s up with the New Signs?

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“Dear PoPville,

Does anyone know the status of the deadline for cabs to have credit card readers? I thought it was October 1. Was that extended? I have seen a lot of cabs without them. How about the new signs on top of the car?”

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From the DC Taxi Commission on Sept. 27th:

“Although no extension of the deadline was granted, DCTC did agree to review the specific hardship circumstances provided only through DC Drivers United for Equal Rights to determine if any relief would be warranted.

DCTC is projecting about 5,100 taxis will be equipped with MTS by October 1; which represents 80 percent of the active fleet.”

For those who’ve taken taxis recently – did yours have a credit car reader?

About the new signs up top from the DC Taxi Commission:

“All licensed DC taxicabs are required to have the new standardized dome light installed by November 1, 2013. Vehicles found not in compliance will be impounded. An owner whose vehicle is impounded for failure to have a dome light will be required to pay all fees and costs associated with impoundment. The new standardized dome light will display the Public Vehicle Identification Number (PVIN) which is a combination of one letter and three numbers. See below for the list of approved installation companies to order and schedule installation of the new standardized dome light and answers to several frequently asked questions regarding the PVIN as it relates to the new standardized dome light.”

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