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Minicab safety

A few things to consider

Minicab operators are now licensed and cannot stop in public places to offer their services. They can only legally carry passengers who have booked them in advance. Illegal and unlicensed minicabs can be dangerous - passengers don't know who they are getting in with or what the driver's motives are.

Top tips

  • carry the telephone number of a known and trusted minicab company
  • always pre-book a car through a licensed minicab office
  • when booking, ask for the car and driver details and ensure the driver knows what name it was booked under
  • ensure that the car ordered is the one that arrives
  • sit in the rear of the vehicle and carry a mobile phone and a personal safety alarm
  • if you feel threatened, ask the driver to stop in a busy area and get out
  • personal safety alarms are designed to shock and disorientate an attacker, giving vital seconds to get away - they are compact and very loud, so that they can be carried discreetly in a pocket or palm of your hand