Tips for staying safe when getting a cab home

Simple steps can prevent you from falling victim to crime Photo: TfL

If you use cabs to travel around, there are simple steps you can take to prevent falling victim to crime. Here is some advice from Transport for London on staying safe in minicabs.

Never get into an un-booked minicab, not even if:

  • You are approached by a driver on the street
  • It is offered to you by someone with a high vis jacket and clipboard
  • The minicabs are lined up outside a pub or a club as they are still breaking the law if they accept your fare directly without a booking (i.e. by phone) being made legally through a licensed minicab operator
  • You have flagged it down
  • The driver says his booked passenger has not turned up
  • You get in with a group of friends
  • Do not get into an unbooked minicab, it is illegal, dangerous and puts you at risk of attacks including sexual assault and robbery.

Do not risk taking an unbooked minicab

  • Always use a booked and licensed minicab, taxi, Night bus or the Tube to get home.
  • You can download Transport for London's free Cabwise app on your smartphone to book your nearest minicab or black cab. If you ahve an iPhone search Cabwise in your app store. Or click here on your Smartphone and bookmark the page.

Know the difference between a Taxi and a Minicab

Taxi (black cab)

Know the difference between a taxi and a minicab Credit: Andrew Parsons/PA Archive/Press Association Images
  • Taxis (black cabs) have a light on the front displaying the word 'TAXI'
  • Taxis can be:
  • Hailed in the street
  • Booked in advance
  • Found at marshalled ranks
  • Found at designated ranks
  • Taxi fares are displayed on the taxi metre and paid at the end of the journey

Minicab

  • While it is tempting after a night out to jump into the first 'minicab' you see, without a booking there is no record of your journey or driver.
  • No booking means you could be putting yourself in danger.
  • By booking your minicab this means your trip will be carried out by a licensed, insured driver in a licensed, insured vehicle.
  • A record of your journey, driver and vehicles will also be logged so in the event of any problems the driver can be traced.