Today has seen outages on the O2 network, the O2 website has the following Service Status inormation.
Normally a mobile telephone network outage would not affect a Taxi drivers daily life, but since October 2016 London Taxis have been compelled to accept card payments.
A lot of these card payment systems use the O2 network for their data connections, so an outage affects taxi drivers being able to accept card payments.
TFL have posted a Tweet stating that they are aware of the data outage on the O2 Network affecting some mobile payment devices and affected drivers should advise customers before accepting a fare and offer to take them to a ATM so that they can pay by cash.
The piece of advice that is considered unbelievable is that TFL state that “Under no circumstances should drivers use an alternative, non-fixed card payment device.”