With the festive season underway, TfL have launched a timely campaign against the dangers of using illegal minicabs.
Operation Safer Travel at Night (STAN) got off to a flying start this week by crushing the car of an illegal minicab driver convicted earlier this year. Rasheed Kenku was arrested for touting after being caught by undercover Cab Enforcement police officers. He was fined £2000 at Stratford Magistrates Court, disqualified from driving for 8 months, had six points added to his licence and ordered to pay £350 in court costs.
Any minicab that isn’t booked through a licensed operator is dangerous and puts you at risk of attack, including sexual assault and robbery. Minicabs lined up outside pubs and clubs are breaking the law if they accept your fare without a booking being made first. Don’t approach minicab drivers and remember that any minicab driver who approaches you on the street is acting illegally. Do not get in, no matter how much Christmas spirit you may have imbibed – it’s not worth the risk. Deputy Mayor for Policing Kit Malthouse said:
‘With the festive party season underway and the nights growing colder and darker we are doing everything we can to crack down on illegal minicab touts and to warn passengers never to pick up an unbooked minicab in the street.’
Top tips for safe cabbing:
- Only black cabs can pick passengers up on the street
- To get three local cab numbers text “CAB” to 60835**
- Always book so there is a record of your journey
- Book it, check it and always sit in the back
- Visit www.tfl.gov.uk/cabwise for more information
- Report an illegal minicab here.
Update: TfL have also sent us a video of the offending car being crushed, watch it here.