A proposal by Chicago’s mayor that all taxi drivers be required to accept credit and debit cards has not thrilled the city’s cabbies — who may have to pay the interchange fees, and who prefer cash — but has gladdened card industry executives who are working to make plastic more pervasive.

Mayor Richard M. Daley announced in a Jan. 31 press conference that the city’s Department of Consumer Services, which regulates taxicabs, was considering a regulation that would require all of them to have wireless payment terminals for card acceptance. He was responding to a spate of taxi driver robberies, and arguing that hacks would be safer if they carried less cash.

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