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Nilsa Serrano, a representative of AAA Taxi and Tours, testifies before the Rules and Judiciary Committee on Friday, voicing her opposition to a bill that would require taxi drivers to implement an electronic payment system.

ST. THOMAS — Requiring taxi drivers to accept credit cards, or some type of electronic payment, instead of just “cash,” has caused a rift between lawmakers bent on modernizing the local tourism product and drivers wanting to be left alone.

On Friday, members of the Senate Rules and Judiciary Committee voted 3-2 in favor of advancing Bill 33-0044 to the full body. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Kurt Vialet, requires the V.I. Taxi Cab Commission to implement an electronic payment system for all 3,000 of its taxi operators.

— Contact A.J. Rao at 340-714-9104 or email ajrao@dailynews.vi.