Credit Cards Machines Finally Coming to Miami Taxis

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If you want to hail a cab in Miami, you better make sure you have lots of cash on hand, because there's no guarantee the cab will accept credit cards. Despite most major cities requiring taxis to accept plastic, Miami cab drivers have been a hold out. Until now.

The Miami-Dade County Commission overwhelmingly approved a new law today that would require cab drivers to update technologies in their vehicles, which would include card readers.

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The mandates breaks down like this:

  • SunPasses must be installed in all cabs in the next six months.
  • Cab owners have two years to install credit card machines.
  • Within 30 months, all cabs must include GPS devices and backseat security cameras.

Going forwards all cabs put on the road cannot be more than three years old when they enter service, and cabs must be replaced by the time they're six-years old.

Drivers who wish to pick up passengers at either the airport or PortMiami must also now abide by a dress code of collard shirts, dark trousers or a skirt and closed-toed shoes. The new law also clarifies that drivers are expected to open the door for their passengers and put luggage in the trunk.

Drivers qualified under the "ambassador cab" program will be the only cabs allowed to pick up passengers at the airport and port. However, all drivers can drop off passengers in those locations.

Despite opposition from some drivers, the measure passed overwhelming 10-1 with Commissioner Jean Monestime being the only "no" vote.

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HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

"Collard shirts?"

Any relation to collard greens?

Betty Perez
Betty Perez

Geez New York cabs had that years ago

Justin Richards
Justin Richards

Yes even though they will be installed im sure the machines will be "conveniently" not working.

pod_nt
pod_nt topcommenter

Sean and Brad make valid points. What is the deal for them actually being functional? I know in New York a cab can only be sans machine for a week before the medallion owner is assessed a fine. 


That being said, it's about time. I did a lot of traveling around the US and Canada a few years back and even the backwater cities had mandatory credit card machines in their cabs. 


Also, will it be similar to the cabs in Vegas where if you use the credit card machine, you get a $3.00 service charge tacked on to it, as well? 


The tech isn't a big deal anymore. You don't need a bulky Verifone system, several companies make taxi-specific payment apps for both iPhones and Android devices. 

Brad Knoefler
Brad Knoefler

Its about time these guys got into the 20th century..

Erin Ralls
Erin Ralls

Hopefully we'll see some pink mustaches on the road soon.

Alex LaPorta
Alex LaPorta

Will the new credit card systems somehow stop cabbies from driving like maniacs? Will Miami streets ever be safe from them?

Sean Drake
Sean Drake

However, Mandate does not say Credit Card Machine must be functioning at all times... installing and working are two separate things.

Donthatetheplayer
Donthatetheplayer

oh yeah its only the cabbies you describe and they are also the only ones that dont use their signals are you a jaywalker lol ?

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