Transport for London
Only licensed taxis (black cabs) can pick up passengers on the street. Any minicab driver who picks up customers without a booking is acting illegally. This includes minicabs lined up outside pubs and clubs.
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. Follow these steps for the
safest way to get a minicab.
Book your minicab with a licensed minicab operator by phone, email or in a minicab office and also agree your fare in advance.
Make sure the driver can confirm your name and destination before you get in the car, and check the driver's photo ID.
Always sit in the back seat, and carry your mobile phone in case of an emergency.
Taxis (black cabs) have a light on the front displaying the word 'TAXI'.
Taxi fares are displayed on the taxi meter and paid at the end of the journey. Taxi sharing schemes also help passengers going to the same place.
Use our Findaride service to search for licensed minicab offices and other private hire operators in your area.
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