Minicabs are a convenient way to travel between destinations, whether you’re travelling alone, as a couple or in a group. You don’t have to wait for public transport, you enjoy more privacy, and, after some wine or beer, everyone in your group can be transported home safely and avoid a road accident.
Plan your transportation beforehand
When you’ve had a long day at a busy social event, it can be tempting to jump into any cab you find so you can get home and head straight to bed. However, beware of the dangers of using unlicensed minicabs, especially if you are on you own. For example, you should never take an unlicensed cab if you are a woman travelling alone.
Choose black cabs
Everyone is advised to take licensed black cabs, which are safe and insured, meaning you won’t need to make an untraced driver claim in the unlikely event of an accident. In London, black cab drivers have a good reputation because of their ability to memorise street names in the city, which enables them to transport passengers to their destination in the fastest possible time without putting them at risk of being injured in a road traffic accident.
Check if a cab has a licence
There numerous ways to check if a taxi driver or private hire vehicle is licensed before you head out. For London, you can check the Transport for London website and visit its ‘licence checker’ section. If you are planning on using a cab to transport you to an event, choose a licensed, reputable cab company and, if possible, get the same cab company to take you home.
If you’re about to take a cab and you’re unsure if it’s licensed, check to see if there is a taxi licence number or a phone number printed on the side of the cab. If you do use an unlicensed cab, you will not be covered by insurance, which could put you at a serious disadvantage if you suffer a passenger injury and wish to make a road traffic accident claim.
How you can claim for a no-fault accident
If you have experienced an injury that was not your fault, contact Accident Advice Helpline. Our friendly lawyers process claims for all kinds of accidents, whether it’s an untraced driver compensation claim, a car crash claim, or a work accident claim. Our 100 per cent no win no fee* policy means you won’t be out of pocket if your claim is unsuccessful.
Date Published: September 30, 2014
Author: Accident Advice