After your relocation to London, you will find that taking a taxi can be the fastest and most convenient way of travelling from a station to your London apartment, or for taking you home safely at night. If you share a cab with other people, it is not always more expensive than other types of public transport. Taking a taxi or minicab is another inexpensive way of getting around this city.
Your relocation agents will try to find you a new apartment close to one of the tube or train lines for your weekly commute, but if you’re out over a weekend or in the evening, catching a cab is not only safer, but they run 24 hours a day so you don’t have to worry about making the last train home.
A licensed taxi, which is regulated by the local government, can be found at a taxi rank or can be hailed while on the road by raising your hand towards the driver. A taxi is not authorised to stop when carrying other passengers or in an unsafe position. They are also not allowed to stop on roads with red lines painted on the edge.
The other option is taking a minicab, which is a form of private hire car. It is a legitimate form of transport and must be licensed by local authorities. It looks from the outside like an ordinary unmarked car. Even though most minicab companies are reliable and safe, one can never be too careful. A minicab can be ordered by telephone, email or by visiting the minicab’s office, the primary requirement being an advanced booking. A minicab driver cannot make random stops; this will affect your personal risk and the vehicle insurance.
If you will be leaving the pub late, taking a long trip, attending a late night function or even travelling in the early hours of morning, it is advisable to book a minicab to ensure safe passage home. Your personal safety is important so do ensure that at all times you exhibit necessary caution. Getting from place to place after your international relocation to London need not be a challenge but it is firmly established that public transportation is by far the most economical. So when you are on the move around London remember that taxis and minicabs are another way to get you there faster.