Don't risk taking an unbooked minicab ---- Always use a booked and licensed minicab, or taxi to get home.
- After a night out it's tempting to jump in the first 'minicab' you see, but without a booking there’s no record of your journey or driver, and you could be putting yourself in danger.
-- WHAT IS A BOOKED MINICAB? -- It is one that you or a friend has booked It guarantees that your trip will be carried out by a licensed, insured driver in a licensed, insured vehicle It also means that a record is kept of your journey, your driver and the vehicle used so, in the event of any problems the driver can be traced.
-- MINICAB SAFETY TIPS -- Only London taxis (black cabs) can pick up customers on the street. If a minicab driver approaches you, it is illegal (even if their vehicle carries the blue Transport for London sticker). Any minicab journey that is not booked is illegal, uninsured and unsafe.
It is a criminal offense for drivers and operators to allow journeys to be made that have not been booked with a licensed operator over the phone or directly through their office. The reason why booking is so important is that your journey will be in a licensed vehicle with a licensed driver. In addition, you can be certain that a record will be kept of your journey, your driver and the vehicle used. In the event of any problems, the driver can be traced. Deciding to risk taking an illegal cab after a night out can be extremely dangerous.
Unlawful cab drivers pose serious risks to the traveling public and can be a cover for some of the most serious crimes in London including sexual violence against women and robbery. Even when booking a licensed minicab, be sure to give the operator your name and ask for details of the driver and car. When the minicab arrives, check that it is the correct vehicle and ask the driver to confirm their name and your destination.
Safety tips taking from TFL London Taxi Safety Campaign - and about website.