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

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest London transportation news

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
[Photograph by Bluebella]

Commuters at the newly-refurbished Tottenham Court Road Tube station got a surprise when a gang of underwear models turned the platform into a catwalk.

Monday, March 2, 2015
The world's first diesel electric hybrid double decker bus launched in London in 2007. The new purely electric vehicles, which have yet to be ordered, will start running in south London in September (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

London’s first all-electric bus route will start running in south London in September.

Monday, March 2, 2015
Jubilee is a real black cat, not just covered in Tube dust [Photograph from BCDH]

A stray cat who lived in Acton Town Tube station has finally found a new home - and it’s not even in Zone 6.

Monday, March 2, 2015
Getting home from a night out might be trickier if the Saturday night strikes go ahead

Members of the RMT union are set to strike on Saturday evening in the latest industrial action over the sacking of a colleague who failed breath alcohol tests.

Monday, March 2, 2015
The scene at St Pancras station following the death of a person on the Eurostar track (Pic: @VinnieLo)

There are severe delays and cancellations on the Eurostar today after a person was killed on the tracks in Kent.

Friday, February 27, 2015
The Tube worker was sacked beacsue London Underground said her condition was 'too risky' (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

London Underground has been accused of adopting 19th century values after a tube worker was sacked simply because she had epilepsy, according to MPs.

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

The Cabin In The Woods filmmaker is being linked to the latest big screen outing of everyone’s favourite web-slinger.

Read more

The Hunger Games actress could be in the frame for a film version of Lynsey Addario’s memoirs.

Read more

The former Oasis star will join Portishead and Alt-J at the Suffolk music, comedy and arts event.

Read more

Promoted content

A look at one of our previous Design Fairs

Chelsea Old Town Hall will be the venue for the renowned Desire Fair from 6-8 March 2015. This stunning mixed media jewellery and silversmithing event where visitors can purchase direct from contemporary designer makers selected from the best in the UK is an event not to be missed.

Take our quiz and find out!

A survey conducted last year revealed that Britain is the fourth sexiest country in the world, with the UK sex toy industry worth an estimated £250 million a year.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Police have released the video as they work to track down Alan Cartwright’s attackers.

Ten of the wealthiest women in the world, according to Forbes.

Five additional arrests have been made by police after discovery.

Quirky London