Miami taxi cabs to get technology update

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MIAMI (AP) - Taxi cabs in Miami will be getting an overdue technology update.

Miami-Dade County commissioners voted Tuesday in favor of requiring all cabs to accept credit cards, install SunPass transponders, GPS devices and digital security cameras.

The Miami Herald reports drivers have two years to adopt credit card machines.

Only one commissioner voted against the changes. Commissioner Jean Monestime said he was not convinced the cost of improvements won't come out of drivers' pockets.

In a separate vote, commissioners established new requirements for picking up passengers at Miami International Airport and PortMiami. The changes include a dress code for drivers and a special decal for drivers participating in the "ambassador cab" program.

Drivers without the decal will be able to drop off but not pick up passengers at the ports.

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