How to travel in taxis and private hire vehicles safely in the U.K. If you have had a bad experience or want to avoid one just read on. It gives inside knowledge on how to avoid being the victim of rogue taxi drivers and what you can do if you are a victim. The most important thing is avoid being a victim of rogue drivers at all costs, a few simple tips and tricks can help keep you and your family safe. |
Walsall is a located in the heart of the West Midlands, South of Stafford and west of Tamworth. It has a decent night life attracting two thousand plus people every weekend. After a few drinks both men and women can become more courageous, but don't let this effect your judgement when catching a taxi from Walsall late at night. Walsall has a high number of rogue drivers posing as taxi drivers, getting into one of these rogue taxis can have a devastating effect on victims, we have all read horrid stories about rogue drivers over the years here are a few points that will reduce the potential of becoming a victim.
All taxis in Walsall and private hire vehicles in Walsall are marked, they are distinctive yellow plates located on the back, side and front windscreen.
If in doubt ask a taxi marshal in Walsall, these can be found located on Bradford Street, Walsall and Bridge Street, Walsall.
Never travel alone - organise beforehand to avoid travelling alone.
Agree the price before hand or make sure the taxi has a working meter.
Never jump into a private hire vehicle unless it is pre booked.
For added safety text one of your friends/family the vehicles taxi / private hire plate number, if there is any problem you have a record of the driver/ vehicle that took you.
Walsall taxi firms cannot refuse to pick you up just because you're going a short journey. If this occurs take down the plate number and phone Walsall licensing on 01922 653 581. Here is a Walsall taxi company that specialise in short hops Yellow Walsall taxis (you can call them on 01922 64 64 64).
When catching taxis make sure you know the difference between black cabs and private hire vehicles, black cabs can be flagged down from the street, private hire vehicles have to be pre booked. A general rule is that black cabs charge more that private hire vehicles.
The metre fitted to the black cab must be used at all times from point of pickup to point of final destination.
Black cab ranks in Walsall and the number that rank there Bridge Street Walsall 10 Bradford Street Walsall 8 Walsall Train Station 6
All Private Hire Operators should have the facility to carry guide dogs/working dogs, when required to do so by a member of the public at no extra charge. If one refuses you due to your disability take note of the driver's plate number and report it to Walsall licensing, Walsall licensing has actively taken a strong stance against this.
Charanjit Mannu is the owner of west midlands leading taxi and private hire company, for more tips and advice on how not to be a victim to rogue drivers visit www.yellow-taxi.co.uk.
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