London Minicabs

MINICABS ARE PRIVATE VEHICLES USED FOR CARRYING PASSENGERS. THESE ARE COVERED BY PRIVATE HIRE INSURANCE AND SINCE 2004 ARE ALSO LICENSED BY THE LONDON PUBLIC CARRIAGE OFFICE. PRIVATE HIRE MINICABS MAY ONLY PICK-UP PASSENGERS THAT  HAVE BOOKED BY PRIOR ARRANGEMENT. THIS NORMALLY MEANS YOU HAVE TELEPHONED ONE OF THE MANY MINICAB OFFICES IN LONDON. IF YOU ARE STAYING AT A HOTEL THEY WILL HAVE PHONE NUMBERS FOR LOCAL COMPANIES. WITH MINICABS THE DRIVERS DO NOT HAVE METERS AND YOU SHOULD CHECK THE APPROXIMATE AMOUNT OF THE FARE BEFORE YOU BEGIN YOUR JOURNEY. FOR AIRPORTS AND STATIONS THEY NORMALLY HAVE A SET FARE. AS A GENERAL RULE THE LONGER THE JOURNEY THE CHEAPER A MINICAB WILL BE COMPARED TO A BLACK TAXI, WHILE SHORTER JOURNEYS MAY BE CHEAPER IN A BLACK TAXI. BLACK TAXIS MAY ALSO BE MORE CONVENIENT WHEN YOU WISH TO CATCH A TAXI FROM A STREET LOCATION RATHER THAN AN ADDRESS. NEVER GET INTO A PRIVATE VEHICLE THAT ASKS YOU IF YOU WANT A TAXI OR MINICAB. THIS IS THE BIGGEST GREY AREA IN LONDON, ANY PRIVATE VEHICLE WHO TELLS YOU HE IS A TAXI IS WORKING ILLEGALLY. THE ONLY TYPE OF TAXI THAT YOU CAN BOOK THERE AND THEN IS A DISTINCTIVE LONDON BLACK CAB. THE DRIVER OF ANY LONDON BLACK TAXI WILL BE WEARING A GREEN BADGE THAT HAS  HIS NUMBER REGISTERED WITH THE PUBLIC CARRIAGE OFFICE RUN BY THE LONDON METROPOLITAN POLICE. PRIVATE HIRE DRIVERS ALSO NOW HAVE IDENTITY BADGES WHICH ARE A CREDIT CARD TYPE BADGE IN A SEE THRU PLASTIC COVER. THE PRIVATE HIRE BADGE IS TOTALLY DIFFERENT TO THE GREEN METAL BADGE OF THE LONDON TAXI DRIVER. ONLY ON THE PRIVATE HIRE BADGE IS A PHOTO OF THE DRIVER, THE PRIVATE HIRE LOGO AND THE DRIVERS LICENCE NUMBER AND NAME.

PRICES FOR MINICABS WILL DIFFER BY COMPANY, AREA AND CLASS OF VEHICLE REQUIRED. LONDON HAS A LARGE NUMBER

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