Christmas party mode is in full swing, the streets are bustling with people looking to get home late at night and we all know that feeling of hanging around in the freezing cold. You want to get home quickly, easily and most importantly, safely.
Unlicensed minicabs are rife around the festive period and using one potentially puts you at risk. You have no guarantee about the background of the driver and you certainly don’t know how safe the vehicle is. That’s why GetTaxi would like to take this opportunity to remind you all of a very serious message this Christmas and New Year period:
Be sensible, be safe – never, ever use an unlicensed minicab.
If you know you’re going to be travelling home late after a night out, plan your journey home in advance, stick with friends and pay attention to your surroundings. Text a friend when your journey starts and then text them when your journey ends.
You can’t always tell if a minicab is booked or not, so take extra care and remember these simple tips to stay safe:
– The vehicle might have a licence sticker, but if you haven’t booked it with a licensed firm, it’s illegal and unsafe. All journeys with a licensed minicab must be booked through their operating office
– If a driver approaches you, or you approach them, this does not mean your ride is booked. This procedure is illegal. It means there is no record of the driver, vehicle or the journey intended. That makes it untraceable should something happen. Don’t risk it
– Just because a bouncer or someone with a clipboard has hailed you a minicab, it does not mean it’s booked. Ensure you are booking through an official office. The only cab you can hail legally is a licensed Black Taxi. If in doubt, find another solution to continue your journey
You can of course, avoid any of these issues with GetTaxi. We only work with London’s licensed Black Cabs. Your journey is recorded and there is access to a 24/7 customer care team to help you.
All our drivers are CRB checked, licensed and users get a confirmation of their taxi booking straight to their phone. We send you the vehicle registration number, driver name and their picture so you have total ease of mind, knowing you’re in safe hands. You can track your driver in the app, message them, or even give them a call if you need to.
GetTaxi also operates a Closed Door Policy. If you’re a woman travelling home alone late at night, our policy means that the driver will wait until they’ve seen you step into your house and close the door before pulling away. By simply downloading the app to your phone, you can book or even pre-book your GetTaxi home up to two weeks in advance.
Make sure you plan ahead and book now. That way you’ll stay safe and have the most amazing Christmas, just as you always intended to.
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year from everyone at GetTaxi.