Cabbies are getting bigger tips thanks to their new credit-card machines, according to statistics obtained by The Post.
Both the Taxi and Limousine Commission and a drivers union said cash transactions on average result in a 10 to 15 percent tip for drivers.
But credit-card customers are bigger spenders. They gave an average 16 percent tip during three weeks in December.
Still, some drivers complain that their tips are getting wiped out because they are charged up to 5 percent for credit transactions.
“A beggar has no choice,” said cabby Gabriele Edet, 72, when asked what he thought about the credit-card fee.
“Drivers lose 5 percent of their income on every ride when credit cards are used,” said Bhairavi Desai of the Taxi Workers Alliance.
The figures, provided by the TLC, show customers who used plastic paid an average $14.99 for a cab ride and left a $2.36 tip.
The average cash fare was $10.13, not including tip, over the same 18-day period last month. There were no data on the average tip for cash customers.
The last of the city’s 13,237 cabs was fitted two months ago – against the wishes of many drivers – with new equipment including credit-card machines and GPS technology that provide the TLC with data.
The program, officials said, provides a better understanding of when fares should increase – and when they shouldn’t.
Officials also analyzed the number of pickups for the first 10 minutes of every hour on a randomly selected day, Friday, Dec. 5.
The most pickups that day were made between 7 p.m. and 7:10 p.m., when riders hailed 6,082 cabs.
JFK Airport is the top pickup spot at almost any time of the day, according to the TLC, followed by other predictable spots like La Guardia Airport and the taxi stands at Penn and Grand Central stations.
Excluding those sites, the busiest pickup location in the first week of November – with 3,480 – was 18 Ninth Ave., near the Hotel Gansevoort in the Meatpacking District.
The highest fare collected since the high-tech equipment was installed was $329 for a 2½-hour haul from West 51st St. to Mount Vernon in Westchester. Passengers pay double for rides to Nassau and Westchester counties.
The longest ride was a 226-minute multiple-stop jaunt from Third Street and First Avenue to 30 Park Place – racking up a $115.70 tab.
Additional reporting by Stephen Nessen