With the festive season upon us, people across the country will celebrating with a boozy night out - but a Daybreak investigation has revealed that many women are still taking shocking risks by getting into unlicensed minicabs to get home.
It's estimated that there are as many as 30,000 unlicensed minicab drivers operating in Britain and recent figures show that in London alone, two women are sexually assaulted every week by minicab drivers.
Daybreak rigged an ordinary car with hidden cameras, and took it into Birmingham City Centre to see whether anyone would choose to travel home in an illegal taxi.
How to stay safe when using minicabs
- Never approach a minicab on the street or accept a fare - they are acting illegally, even if they are licensed by TfL
- Only black cabs can pick passengers up on the street without a booking
- When travelling by minicab always book it with a licensed operator
- When it arrives check it's for you by getting the driver to confirm your booking details and check the driver's photo identification
- To get three local cab numbers text CAB to 60835 (Texts charged at 35p per enquiry plus standard text message rate. Roaming rates apply to overseas networks. Visit tfl.gov.uk/cabwise for more information)