30 NOVEMBER 2009
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LONDON VISITORS should be aware that only licenced taxis (The ‘black cab’ – but they are not all black) are allowed to tout for business on the streets of the capital. Available are certificated minicabs, normally a good deal cheaper, but these must be booked in advance. A new hard-hitting campaign warning visitors and Londoners about the dangers of using freelance minicabs has been launched on TV and cinemas to coincide with the start of the holiday season. A powerful message comes across that getting into any minicab without a booking is illegal, potentially dangerous and can pose the serious risk of sexual assault. The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: "London is one of the safest big cities in the world but it is hugely important that everyone takes this message on board – minicabs that haven't been booked are illegal and a threat to your personal safety. Don't take the risk and don't let your friends do it either." www.tfl.gov.uk
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