"I drive a black cab in London, so I'm really getting a kick out of some of these replies."
Cool. I use black cabs in London - the same for the replies.
"Some of you guys are very good at making it sound like you know what you are talking about. But trust me.... You don't."
I do, in fact, know exactly what it's like to use a black cab in London. Because I do, and have been doing so for more than eighteen years. You will be right in that I don't know the ins and outs of the industry, but I don't need to - I only need to say what it's like as a user. Most of the time I'm happy, but the card thing is definitely my experience and is truly irritating. I always ask up front, and the vast majority of the time I'm told the card reader is broken and that they'll drive to a cash point.
"I think you just want to make yourself sound smart, when in reality you don't know what you are talking about. This is how bad info gets passed around. If you dont know about the topic....Don't make yourself sound like you do."
I read the article. It said "...come into force from April of 2016 and by October all black cab drivers will need to have complied with the directive, which mandates the new payment methods.". Hence the comment "The difference seems to be making it mandatory". Still seems reasonably grounded as a suggestion to me, and you've not made a different one.
This is primarily a discussion board. If you know more, now's the time to post it and then your point of view is added to the discussion. Would be good to get that point of view in fact. Meanwhile, since it hasn't been added, what I have to go on is the article itself and my years of experience using cabs of all types in London.