Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Take a ride in a London Taxi

No trip to London is complete without a ride in a London taxi! Classically they were black cabs, but today they also come decorated in a dazzling palette of colours these days. Every Black Cab driver must complete the 'knowledge' which is a rigorous test of London route and a comprensive knowledge of theatre, hotels, embassies, and points of interest. To complete the knowledge takes 3-5 years. Therefore your Black Cab driver is a highly trained individual. They are renowned for the chat and banter so if you have any questions about London then ask them.

The London taxi is a fasinating story that goes back to the 1700's. London Taxi Story

Black cabs can be hailed in the street or at designated ranks situated in prominent places, including many mainline rail, Tube and bus stations. They can also be booked by telephone.

If the yellow TAXI sign at the front is illuminated, the cab is available for hire. Black cabs are legally obliged to take on any job for journeys up to 12 miles (20 miles for cabs at the Heathrow Airport taxi ranks), or up to one hour duration.

London Cabs Fares and Tips
Fares are metered, and there is a minimum charge of £2.20. Black cabs are licensed to carry up to five people (six in the special Metrocabs and Mercedes Vitos) plus luggage. There are no additional charges for extra passengers or items of luggage.

There is a £2.40 charge when you take a black cab from Heathrow Airport and also a £2 charge when you book a black cab by telephone.

Many black cabs accept payment by credit or debit card but check with the driver before the trip starts. If you pay by card there is an additional charge of a maximum of £1 or 12.5% of the metered fare, whichever is greater.

You can tip taxi drivers as much as you like, but most people round up to the nearest pound.

London Black Cab Accessibility
All black cabs are wheelchair accessible and carry assistance dogs at no charge. Most taxis have a variety of additional aids for travellers, including:
Swivel seat
Intermediate step
Seat sight patches
Large coloured grab handles
Induction loop

Stay Safe in London
Unbooked minicabs are illegal. You may be approached by minicab drivers seeking passengers or offering a service; avoid these at all costs as these are unsafe, unlicensed, uninsured and illegal and you put yourself in danger if you use these services.

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