Five ways to stay safe in taxis and minicabs
Licensed taxis and minicabs are a safe and flexible way of getting home after a night out. However, every month in London ten women are sexually assaulted in unlicensed taxis. Find out how to stay safe:
- Use only taxis (with the illuminated taxi sign) or licensed minicabs. Look for the green triangle license in the front and back windows of minicabs.
- Cars cruising the streets are illegal and uninsured. Book a taxi or minicab in advance using a trusted, licensed company. Always ask for the driver’s name, as well as the make and colour of the car, and confirm the driver’s details when they arrive to check that this is the taxi you ordered.
- When ordering a cab, do not let anyone overhear your name and address.
- Share a minicab or taxi with friends where possible and arrange a buddy system by calling when you get home to inform your friends that you are home safe.
- If you feel threatened at any time, trust your instincts. Ask the driver to stop in a busy area and get out of the car. If the driver refuses to stop – call the police on your mobile and alert other drivers and pedestrians by waving or calling out of the car.