Oyster Cards in Taxis

By Rob Bartlett

The entire London transport network runs on Oyster Cards - they're quick, convenient and simple to use. So why can't black cabs accept Oyster? Surely someone can invent a way to link an oyster reader with the metre?

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  1. Andrew says:

    I agree! Would make my life so much simpler!

  2. ryszon says:

    That the best idea, would be very helpful :)

  3. Rob Bartlett says:

    Thanks guys – Glad you like it. Anyone know if it would be easy to do technically?

  4. RPT says:

    Seems like a good idea, how about Oyster Cards for major cities in the UK? I live in Liverpool and this wouldn’t be a bad idea at least I don’t think so.

  5. Judith says:

    I like it how in NYC you can just pay with your touch and go card (I know it’s not an oyster but pretty much plastic), it’s dead easy and so quick!!!

  6. Raj says:

    Following from Judith’s idea, Visa et al are introducing touch payments for amounts up to £20 i.e. no PIN or signature needed. Or wait a few months and you should be able to pay with your mobile as many smart phones will have ‘near field communications’ for this kind of transaction.

  7. Daniel says:

    only use full in london but could be used all over uk if they allow oyster cards to be used

  8. James says:

    The cabs are not owned by TFL (transport for London) and so if this was implemented then TFL would have to transfer the deducted amount to every individual taxi driver.

  9. John says:

    Seesh use your debit card, the taxi fare from the station to my house is £18 on a black cab or £2.00 on the bus, I know which one I would use !

  10. Qwox says:

    it’ll never happen, suddenly all of the cabbies would have to declare they actually make more than minimum wage

  11. Sean says:

    The technology for paying by touch card has existed for the best part of 2 decades now, the oystercard system is a copy of the octopus card in Hong Kong which has operated since around 1990 – you can also use the same card to pay for your newspaper or snacks amongst other things at participating stores. Why has this not become the new way to pay for almost anything? Well if you lost of had your card stolen, losing a small amount of funds is bad enough, but no one wants to have large amounts of money on a card that’s not pin protected, if you then start issuing pins to Oystercards then you may as well pay by debit/credit cards which most cabs accept already anyway.

    Don’t think you’ve really thought this idea through very well….. sorry!

  12. Sean says:

    The technology for paying by touch card has existed for the best part of 2 decades now, the oystercard system is a copy of the octopus card in Hong Kong which has operated since around 1990 – you can also use the same card to pay for your newspaper or snacks amongst other things at participating stores.
    Why has this not become the new way to pay for almost anything? Well if you lost or had your card stolen, losing a small amount of funds is bad enough, but no one wants to have large amounts of money on a card that’s not pin protected, if you then start issuing pins to Oystercards then you may as well pay by debit/credit cards which most cabs accept already anyway.

    Don’t think you’ve really thought this idea through very well….. sorry!

  13. Khairul says:

    I share the same thought as James.

  14. Alice says:

    I think I would feel safer with this as well because fraudulent taxi drivers would have to get registered to TFL. Might discorage them a little or make it harder to opperate? I like the idea anyhow :)

  15. Daniel says:

    Well WYMero are already looking in to this for us, they say its a good idea for other buses as well lets hope it goes well

  16. Jamie says:

    Hi All

    As a London Taxi Driver (Black Cab) i can confirm that we as Taxi drivers are not adverse to the idea of accepting Oyster Cards, in fact the idea was banded about a few years ago but the problem is that TfL only see us as part of the Public Transport Network when it suits them like when they made us all become wheelchair accessible to compensate for the inadequate buses and tubes.

    Also to answer another members comment all Londdon Taxi Drivers are registered with TfL, we have to be as they are our licensing authority.

    I agree the idea of accepting Oyster cards in London Taxis would be very convenient for those that have them and would also bring in extra revenue for our trade.

    Hopefully one day.

  17. Carl Fletcher says:

    How about paying for taxis with SMS? That should def be easy to implement?

  18. Peter Clark says:

    Great idea

  19. David says:

    They want to make money and with oysters they will make less of course everyone would like it cheaper but look at it from there view they also want to earn a decent living they have families to feed you can say why don’t they make items in shops cheaper.

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