Most people are familiar with the frustration of waiting around for a taxi at the end of a night out, especially if it’s freezing cold or raining, but you should never put your health or safety at risk in order to get back home faster by using unregistered taxis. By getting into an unlicensed cab, you could be putting yourself at risk of road traffic accidents and other incidents, which may be incredibly dangerous and unpleasant.
The dangers of hailing an unlicensed cab
Everyone has been in a situation when it feels like getting an unlicensed cab is the only way you’re going to get home, but it’s never worth taking the risk. According to statistics, 10 women are sexually assaulted by illegal taxi drivers every month in London alone and Steve Wright, chairman of the Licensed Private Car Hire Association, believes that getting into an unregistered cab is tantamount to putting your life at risk. In recent years, schemes have been introduced to target illegal drivers and protect men and women all over the UK. Manchester now has street marshals at taxi ranks, Birmingham and Cardiff have initiatives in place and the Safer at Night campaign has made a positive difference in London.
One of the main problems with unregistered cab firms and individual taxis is that they are not regulated or insured. In reality, the driver could be anyone; somebody with no driving experience, no knowledge of the local area and even somebody who goes out with the intention to harm others. The car may also not be roadworthy, which also carries a serious risk of road accident injuries. Getting into an unlicensed taxi increases your risk of life-threatening car crash injuries caused by a collision on the road and puts your safety at risk.
How to avoid unregistered taxis
If you’re going out for the night, always book a taxi in advance. Never get into a cab which you have not booked, unless it is a registered black cab. Don’t travel alone and let somebody know that you have got your taxi and then message them to say that you got home safely. Avoid touts at taxi ranks outside clubs and contact the police if you have been approached by an illegal driver.
Making a road accident claim
If you’ve been involved in a car crash and you are thinking about claiming road traffic accident compensation, contact Accident Advice Helpline to find out more about the stress-free road accident claims process and discuss the details of your personal injury claim with a trained lawyer.
Speak with us today on 0800 689 0500, for a free initial consultation to discuss the fundamentals of your road-related accident.
Date Published: July 22, 2015
Author: Accident Advice