London Taxi driver finds out the hard way that all the TfL owned electric taxi charging points, are charging Taxi drivers a surcharge to use their machines.
In this case the driver was being forced to pay more than double.
The price using a RFID card should have been 09p per KWh but on the TfL owned black cab only charging point, he was being charged 22p, a surcharge of 13p per KWh.
Below is Rob’s post from Facebook.
I’m a driver of an Electric LEVC TXE
After doing my research on charging and fast charging I joined the chargemaster polar plus scheme this gives me a RFID card to use up to 6500 different chargers at the reduced rate of £00.9 pence a KWh ..... this costs a monthly subscription of £7 which gives huge savings and makes it all a little more affordable
Tonight Iv pulled on to the charging point on Balham high road connected the cab and swiped my polar membership card( as it says on the screen)for it to show card unrecognised ..... strange I tried it again
I called chargemaster to see what the problem is and was told
This unit is a TFL owned charging port .... it’s designed for black taxis only and charged at 0.22 pence a kWh you can only use your debit or credit card as TFL receive a surcharge from the machine ... I have registered on the polar plus members network as a Taxi I explained .... chargemaster informed me that this is TFLs stipulation on certain charging ports put in across London’s network
So not only are we forced to buy the electric cab , forced to take credit card at cost to us , we’re now being over charged for something we didn’t want ....... ludicrous
😡😡😡😡 why should we be charged over double to charge for £65k they should be helping us this is totally derogatory to the trade and an insult !