All black cabs to take cards

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

ALL black cabs in Birm­ing­ham will have card ma­chines by Jan­uary 2020.

The coun­cil has passed a pro­posal to make the de­vices com­pul­sory.

How­ever, the move has been pushed back by more than a year be­cause many Hack­ney Car­riage drivers will have to re­place their ve­hi­cles to be com­pli­ant with the new Clean Air Zone set to be in­tro­duced within the city ring road by Jan­uary 1, 2020.

The coun­cil said it would be un­fair for drivers to have card ma­chines fit­ted only to then have to pay up­wards of £45,000 for a new black cab which is com­pli­ant with the emis­sions thresh­old.

Mean­while, dozens of black cabs are to be fit­ted with new roof-top ad­ver­tis­ing screens, which will also pro­vide ‘crit­i­cal’ pub­lic in­for­ma­tion alerts.

As well as pro­mot­ing . busi­nesses, the signs will also be able to dis­play re­al­time break­ing news, weather, emer­gency and traf­fic ad­vice as well as post de­tails of large pub­lic events.

They will be launched in the city from Oc­to­ber 1.

How­ever, some coun­cil­lors did raise con­cerns over the na­ture of the ad­verts, whether they would be too bright and if they would dis­tract other mo­torists.

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