Travellers warned over minicab dangers this Christmas

10:35 19 November 2012

Partygoers are advised to only take black cabs. File picture: PA Wire

Partygoers are advised to only take black cabs. File picture: PA Wire

PA Wire/Press Association Images

Police and transport bosses have started their annual campaign reminding partygoers of the perils of taking illegal minicabs over Christmas.

The campaign, which will appear in cinemas, print and online. will also highlight the launch of the new Cabwise mobile phone app, which provide people with the chance to book a licensed cab home.

Cab related sex assaults have dropped by more than a quarter in the last two years, Transport for London said.

Officers will again patrol the capital’s most popular nightspots throughout the festive period and posters will be put up.

Steve Burton, TfL’s director of community safety, enforcement and policing, said: “Many people who travel in the capital still think that picking up a minicab displaying a TfL licence in the window is legal - but it’s not.

“Only black cabs can be picked up off the streets, all minicabs need to be pre-booked through a licensed operator and any minicab that picks someone up off the street is acting illegally.

Chief Superintendent Sultan Taylor, of Safer Transport Command, said: “After a night out it can be tempting to jump into the first minicab you see, but by doing this, you could be putting yourself at risk.

“All minicabs must be booked in advance, even if they are displaying a TfL licence.”

For more information, visit www.tfl.gov.uk/cabwise

Latest London transportation news

Friday, May 27, 2016
A Bakerloo Line carriage (Photo: Peter Skuce)

There is currently no service on the Bakerloo Line between Piccadilly Circus and Queens Park after a man was hit by a train at Edgware Road.

Friday, May 27, 2016
(Image: TfL)

TfL have updated the Tube map, so now the humble tram can finally take its rightful place alongside its Underground brethren.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Here's how the shiny new trains look on the outside (Photo: Thameslink)

Spacious new Thameslink trains have been revealed – and you can see inside them here.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
The Night Tube map showing which services will run all night

Just 24 hours after the Night Tube launch date was finally officially announced, London Underground maintenance and engineering workers have voted to go on strike in a continued dispute over pay and staffing levels.

Monday, May 23, 2016
The girl was struck by a train at Catford Bridge station (	Photo: Sunil060902)

A schoolgirl was hit by a train at Catford Bridge during this morning’s rush hour.

Monday, May 23, 2016
The road by the station has been blocked off by the police (Photo: Chris @Southern_Trax)

Southeastern trains were unable to run on the Woolwich line this afternoon when an unidentified object sparked a security alert at Erith station.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Win a BMW 1 series

There are fewer cars currently on the market more stylish and exciting than the BMW. Known all over the world as one of the best car manufacturers, the BMW is renowned for sleek designs and fantastic high quality workmanship.

Read more
Kindle 7 inch tablet

Are you looking for a brand new gadget to help you stay connected on the go and make that long journey home a bit more entertaining? Look no further. MyOffers is giving you the chance to win 1 of 50 Kindle Fire 7” Display Tablets! That’s 50 times more chances to win, so hurry up and enter our competition today and you could be one of our lucky winners!

Read more

Latest Tech News

Transport