If you are a taxi driver running your own business then it is quite likely that a larger percentage of customers pay for their taxi fare by cash. However, an increasing number of people may choose to pay you by using a debit or credit card.
This form of payment could prove beneficial to you at the moment in view of the current COVID-19 pandemic that we are still in. This is because, if someone has had the virus and hands you cash, you could have coronavirus passed to you via the notes or coins. If you had permitted them to pay you by card they could have passed their debit card over the card reader thus reducing the possibility of you catching the illness.
Another benefit in being able to accept card payments is that you don’t have to spend time popping into the bank to pay the cash into your account as the monies will be in your bank current account quite quickly. Therefore, you could spend more time driving customers and increasing your revenue.
Another benefit is from a security point of view. If you carry hundreds of pounds in cash in your taxi then you are more likely to have it stolen whereas if you accept card payments this is not going to happen.
Using a card reader to take payments may encourage more people to use your taxi service. This would no doubt result in your takings increasing; that, in the current economic climate, is something that you will definitely welcome.
Obviously, there will no doubt be a price to you in using a card reader to process Hull taxi fares but hopefully the potential benefits will outweigh this additional expense. There are a number of providers of such a payment system so you may wish to do some research before deciding which company to utilise the services of.