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NEW YORK — The march of payments from cash to cards in NY Taxicabs has not been entirely peaceful or without opposition.

Beginning Jan. 23, undercover inspectors from the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission fanned out across New York as part of Operation: Secret Rider. The inspectors were tasked with operating in much the same way as “secret shoppers” do in retail stores, only with the power to levy fines for violations, including the refusal to accept a credit or debit card as payment for the fare.


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