How to be Taxi Safe

As the beginning of term approaches, you might be thinking about the nights out to come. Here’s a quick reminder on how to be vigilant, when going to and from your destination.

What is the different between a taxi and a private hire?

A taxi can be hired immediately from a taxi rank or by hailing. A private hire must be pre-booked through a licensed operator.

Make sure your taxi or private hire is legal

Using unlicensed taxis puts you at risk as licensed vehicles are regularly tested and are required to meet minimum standards set by the local authority as well as the correct insurance. In addition to this, drivers are tested and checked for medical and criminal issues before being granted a licence.

How do I know if the driver and vehicle are licensed?

A licensed vehicle will normally display a licence plate on the front or rear of the vehicle. The plate will include the licensing authority, licence number and the vehicle registration number. The driver should display an identity badge including the licensing authority and driver licence number. If you can’t see either of these then ask to see them.

Staying safe

  • Make a note of the licence plate and driver’s licence number. If you feel uneasy text both to a friend.
  • Sit in the back of the vehicle.
  • Keep your mobile phone where it is accessible.

Do not use the taxi if:

  • The driver appears to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • The driver does not seem to know the local area.
  • The vehicle appears to be too old or in a state of disrepair.
  • You are uneasy for any reason.


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