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App-connected E-Hail Taxi Services, Are They Safe?

London Black Taxis

There’s a better than average chance that by now, you’ve heard about those ‘app’ connected taxi services that are quickly becoming popular here in the UK. But the big question on everyone’s mind is “Am I safe when I use one of these services”?

If you haven’t heard about these ‘app’ connected taxi services, here’s how it works. You decide which ‘E-Hail’ service you wish to use. Examples would be Uber and Lyft. You then use a phone app to find a car that is registered with their service that is in your vicinity. That car picks you up, and takes you where you want to go, sometimes (but not always) cheaper than a black cab you would hail on the street.

Unlike traditional medallion taxi companies, or a black cab service, just about anyone can drive for Uber or the other E-Hail services. Basically, all you need is a car and a smartphone app. There’s no license check. (Ever hear of a driving job where your driver license is not checked before you start?) Didn’t think so … me neither.

There is however a downloadable video test which you will need to pass, which is just about as difficult to master as tying your shoes. After you pass, you get all your paperwork in an ‘official, for your eyes only’ email, and then you’re off.

This makes it sound just a tad easier than it really is. There are a few other things that need to be addressed before you can start on your new career. The right shirt? That one’s kinda easy, not too many wrinkles and no smell. But what about insurance?

Services like Uber require all drivers to have taxi insurance. They do provide supplemental insurance, however only when the app is on. It works like this… When the app is off, then the driver is covered by their own insurance. When the app is turned on, a low level of liability insurance kicks in. As the driver accepts a trip/fare, a higher level of coverage begins, and remains in place until the passenger exits the vehicle. Important to note is that no app is infallible. Things can and do go wrong.

Kicking in, and kicking out? What about in-between? This has of late been dubbed ‘the gap period’, This gap period is the time when the app is on, but there is no passenger in the vehicle, and has become a lightning rod for controversy for drivers, regulators, and members of the public as well.

You may be thinking … “Well, he’s got his personal car insurance, right? No problem.” Not so fast. Most personal car insurance policies have a list of exclusions, and one of them is ‘driving-for-hire’. Ouch…

Facts don’t lie. Regardless of what the different E-Hail services say about not being a Taxi Service, if you pick up passengers, at a pre-booked location, for Financial Reward, you are effectively, a private hire driver.

If you are driving around ferrying passengers as an ‘app’ driver, then you need to have commercial taxi insurance. A normal car insurance policy is not sufficient, and in all likelihood would be voided in the event you are involved in an accident while driving for an E-Hail service.

These ‘app’ services are side-stepping the established regulations and are effectively providing a hail-down service, something that only black cabs are permitted to do. Standards that are set low for entry to what has become an immediate hire market means that drivers that are untested, and not professionals, are being let loose to practice on the public.

E-Hail services promote their services to potential customers with the expectation they will be receiving first class limousine service for less than regular taxi prices. This is being done at the expense of its drivers. Because of the continued intake of new drivers by companies like Uber and its competitors, along with their price competition, the earnings of a driver are being pushed downward. Because of this, drivers are increasingly having to work longer hours in order to earn an income comparable to what they had made previously. Longer hours behind the wheel jeopardizes the safety of both drivers and their passengers. Ultimately, the only thing this can do, is add to the stress of drivers, and this will bring about poor service and poor safety in the long run.

Because the drivers are paid so very little for their time by these companies, in an attempt to cut corners is often made by sharing their phones with other drivers who are unapproved, non-licensed, and worst of all, non-insured. This tiny action can put the general public in grave risk. Cheap is not always good. It’s your choice of course, but consider this …

Black Cab drivers are self-employed and pay taxes like any other small business. You would be hard-pressed to find a Black Cab driver that does not know the London roads like the back of their hand. Each and every Black Cab driver that is pushing themselves around the roads has undergone vigorous testing on their road knowledge. This test, called The Knowledge, involves a detailed verbal conversation where the driver must tell the best route from point A to point B to point C and then back again, from any of 250,000 random locations.

A Black Cab driver is further obliged to take a driving test in order to prove that they are worthy of carrying people through busy hectic streets. This test is known as the DSA Taxi Driving test. It includes the teaching of proper techniques for both picking up and dropping off passengers safely. In addition, all Black Taxi Drivers must complete, and pass, an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) test to further ensure that they are to be trusted in the transporting of individuals.

So which would you rather ride with: an app-connected E-hail driver with no training and possibly invalid insurance or a professionally trained, vetted Black Cab driver with the right insurance to cover you in case things go wrong? Your choice.

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New Lower Tour Prices to Celebrate English Tourism Week 2017

London and English Countryside Taxi Tours, English Tourism Week 2017

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English Tourism Week: 25 March – 2 April, 2017

English Tourism Week showcases all the fantastic experiences that await you when you visit England on your next holiday.

New Lower Tour Prices

To celebrate the 2017 English Tourism Week, we are lowering the prices on our London and English Countryside Taxi Tours to give you even more reason to visit our green and pleasant land.

To see our new tour prices, please visit London Black Taxi Tours.

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Let us know if you need transportation to and from the airport or anywhere else you need to go in and around London.

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking.

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Tour London's Iconic Rock 'n' Roll Landmarks

London Rocks

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Have you always wanted to walk across Abbey Road in the footsteps of The Beatles?

Have you always wondered about the location of darkly-lit street on the cover of “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars”?

Where did Jimi Hendrix live?

And just where is Tin Pan Alley?

All this, and more, will be revealed on our Rock ‘n’ Roll Taxi Tour of London.

Hear and See London’s Rock ‘n’ Roll History

You will be treated to live commentary by your London cabbie, who is a specially trained London tour guide and an expert in London’s Rock ‘n’ Roll History

Hear the stories of these places and people that shaped the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

The British Beat

The ’60s and ’70s saw an explosion of “British Beat” music: a fusion of rock, doo wop, R&B, jazz, blues, folk, and soul.

Pioneer groups such as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and The Kinks lived and performed in London while making their mark on modern musical history.

See the places and hear the stories of these legends that shaped the history of Rock n Roll.
Abbey Road

The Fab Four

In 1963, The Beatles migrated from Liverpool to London. Visit their recording studios, film locations, homes, and hangouts – past and present

  • Abbey Road’s iconic zebra crossing (get the camera ready!)
  • Abbey Road Studios. Sign the famous wall.
  • London Palladium, where the Beatles first live TV performance took place
  • Apple Records Headquarters
  • Indica Gallery, where John met a certain avant-garde artist. Hear about the moment their eyes locked and John knew “that was it”.
  • Macca’s London pad in St. Johns Wood
  • The location of the historic Beatles ‘rooftop session’
  •  The only place the Beatles ever lived together
  • ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘Help!’ film locations
  • and more

Even more…

On your tour, you will see other monumental London landmarks and hear the stories about
Rolling Stones

  • Carnaby Street – the centre of 60s culture
  • Denmark Street – Europe’s best music street
  • The Rolling Stones
  • The Who
  • Elton John
  • Jimmy Hendrix
  • David Bowie
  • Pink Floyd
  • and other Rock legends. The list is endless.

Here’s a Taster of the places and stories that await you

Did you know that Keith Moon and Mama Cass died in the same flat?  The London Mayfair flat was owned by their mutual friend, singer-songwriter Harry Nilsson.  Visit this posh London neighbourhood and hear the unfortunate tale.

Can you name the “50 Moments that Changed the History of Rock and Roll”?  One such moment was the night in London when instrument demolition became an intricate part of The Who’s live performances. We’ll tell you the story!

Visit London’s “Tin Pan Alley” – Europe’s best music street.  Rock and Roll history was made here.  As early as the 1920s, a niche musical community developed here, which still remains today.  In this friendly and atmospheric street, there’s always music wafting from basements, shop windows and balconies.

Ziggy Stardust

The disturbing “space invader” cover for David Bowie’s 1972 album, “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars”, was photographed in an ordinary backstreet of London.  This small side-street  has for many Bowie fans the same significance as Abbey Road or Jim Morrison’s grave in Paris.  We’ll take you there!

Who do you fancy?

Who are your Rock heroes?  Beatles all the way?  Or would you like less Beatles and more Stones?  Let us know who your Rock heroes (or heroines!) are, and we will do our best to design the perfect tour for you.

Those Were the Days, My Friend

Our tour will transport you back to the days we thought would never end.  Though the years have rushed by us, in our hearts the dreams are still the same.  Relive those days with us and join us for the best Rock ‘N’ Roll tour in London.

Price

Tour Length

Tour time:  3 hours

However, more time can be arranged. Just let us know.

After Tour Nibbles

Sticky Fingers CafeIf you want to stay in the groove, we can recommend one of London’s Rock ‘n’ Roll cafes, including

Hard Rock Cafe

Bill Wyman’s Sticky Fingers Cafe

Ace Cafe London

Wheel Chair Accessible

All taxis are wheelchair accessible. Please mention at time of booking if you have an electric wheelchair,  as we will ensure that you have a slightly larger taxi.

Pickups

Take a Rock 'n' Roll tour during your London flight layover

We will pick you up and drop you off at any Central London location,  inclusive in the price.
No need to take public transport across town just to start your tour! We will greet you at your door and see you safely back again.

Flight Layover Tours

If you have a long flight layover and would like a tour of London or the English countryside,  we can pick you up at the airport and deliver you back in time for your departing flight.  An extra fare for the airport pick-up and return will apply,  so please mention this at the time of booking.

To Book your London Rock n Roll Tour:

www.londonblacktaxitours.net

We are also a full-service London Black Taxi company:

www.londonblacktaxis.net

+44 (0)203 00 44 953

Let us know if you need transportation to and from the airport or anywhere else you need to go in and around London.

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking.

Need Advice?

Which tour to take? Which tour company to use? Our Why Book With Us page might help you decide.

Additional Price Information

No administration fees, credit card fees, or taxes will be added to the Tour Price.

Pick-ups and drop-offs within Central London are included in the Tour Price.

Pick-ups and drop-offs outside of Central London will incur an additional meter fare, which will be subject to our very reasonable administration/booking fee (Please read our lovely Terms and Conditions.). Any questions, just ask!

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Working with Grasshopper Films

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In February, we worked with Grasshopper Films in their production of this Japanese tourism video. About half way through the video, you can see our Black Fairway taxi and our driver Jon doing his best Karate move!

London Taxis Film Production
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We are also a full-service Licensed London Black Taxi Service
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Filming with Jess Glynne at the NCS Music Awards

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On the 29th of March 2016, we assisted in the filming of Jess Glynne’s surprise entrance to the NCS Music Awards. Our driver Terry escorted Jess to the Camden Roundhouse while her film crew caught it all on camera.

London Taxis Film Production
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Terry Meets His Hero Evander Holyfield

Terry with Evander Holyfield

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You never know who you are going to meet when you are driving the streets of London! Our driver Terry had a dream come true when his day resulted in meeting his hero Evander Holyfield, the renowed American heavyweight boxer.  Looking good, Terry!

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Our Taxi Marshals Help at The Gherkin

London Taxi Marshals

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Last evening, we provided our Taxi Marshal services to CL Events for a corporate event at The Gherkin.

London Taxi Marshals

Our Taxi Marshals Howard and Barry organised a queue of waiting taxis and assisted departing guests to ensure their safe ride home.

London Taxi Marshals

There was an excellent flow of waiting taxis. Good work.
–Alison, CL Events, February 2016

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Our Taxi Marshal Service

You can book our Taxi Marshals online or phone +44 (0)203 00 44 953

You want to look after your guests even after they leave your event venue. Don’t spoil your perfect event by letting your honoured guests struggle to find safe transportation. Our Taxi Marshal Service can help get your guests home safely and efficiently.

Ahead of the event, we publicise your event to all of our drivers, as well as to all other major London Black Taxi circuits. There is a vast Twitter network of London taxi drivers, and we publicise your event via that network, as well as via Facebook and other social media.

During the event, at least one Taxi Marshal will position himself on the nearest main road and flag down any passing taxis and direct them to your venue.

At least one other Taxi Marshal will then organise your guests into the waiting taxis. If guests wish to share a taxi, the Taxi Share Scheme enables the Marshals to place up to 5 or 6 passengers in the same taxi, thus reducing waiting times and allowing the guests to share the fare.

Your guests will pay for their taxi fares in cash. Our fees do not include the cost of the actual taxi fare.

In recent months, we have provided Taxi Marshal services to

Cl Events for an event at the Gherkin

GSP Events for an event at Gilgamesh

Hi Mike
Please thank the taxi marshals for their help at the event at Gilgamesh last night. They were brilliant
Have a great Xmas and look forward to working with you next year.
Sarah, GSP Events Ltd

Jack Morton Worldwide for an event at the Cutty Sark

Blue Strawberry Events for a wedding event at  the Louise Blouin Foundation

Citi Bank for an event at the Imperial War Museum in aid of City Veterans Network

Your Taxi Marshals did a great job. I would definitely recommend you and will use your services for next year’s event.

Tornabuoni Art for an event at the Italian Embassy

Informa Events for an event at the National Maritime Museum

Studio Design UK for an open-air event in London’s East End

Hi Mike, Thanks again for arranging the Taxi Marshals for our event. It all went perfectly.
Thanks again
Chris, Studio Design UK

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Filming with Citywire and Taxi Cab Tenner, Episode 6

Citywire, Taxi Cab Tenner

Photo courtesy Citywire

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In 2015, we were hired by Citywire to provide taxis for filming a series of videos called “Taxi Cab Tenner”.

Citywire provides news, information and insight for professional fund buyers working in the global asset management industry. In their “Taxi Cab Tenner” video series, reporter Jon Yarker interviews top financial managers. The interviews start when the taxi meter starts running, and the interview ends when the taxi meter reaches £10.

In the sixth in the series of short interviews with leading figures in wealth management, Jonathan Yarker chats with Nick Hungerford, co-founder and chief executive at Nutmeg.

You can view all the Taxi Cab Tenner videos and stories here.

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Hunt Down Your Vintage Treasures This Winter

Wimbledon

Style never goes out of fashion. Well-crafted objects, bespoke garments and original jewellery have much more charm than uninspiring knock-offs at the sales; now is the time to hunt them down.

Winter is the perfect season for car boot sales and a trip to vintage clothes shops. It’s tempting to sit in bed and search for online vintage clothing but trust us, doing it in person is great!

You won’t have to fight the crowds to find the perfect piece and you can feel extra virtuous for getting up early – reward yourself with a hot chocolate in a cosy cafe whilst reviewing your bargains. You can’t do that with online vintage clothing.

If you’re in London, cheer up a boring weekend by having a day rummaging through some vintage clothes shops and cut-price vintage stalls.  Online vintage clothing is one thing, but vintage clothes shops, car boot sales and flea markets are one of the most fulfilling ways to spend a day browsing and picking up some thrifty finds.

Where to go, what to look for, you ask?

Battersea and Wimbledon are probably the best-known car boot sales in London:

  • Battersea [www.batterseaboot.com, every Sunday 1:30-5pm, entry 50p]
  • Wimbledon [Wimbledon Stadium, Plough Lane, SW17 0BL, entry 7am, £2 for the first hour, 50p after]

Equally great boot sales are:

  • Dulwich Hamlet Football Club in East Dulwich [Sundays, entry 11 am, 50p, Edgar Kail Way, SE22 8BD]
  • Old Kent Road [Sundays, entry 8am, 50p, Hornshay Street, SE15 1HB]
  • Hayes Street Farm [entry 6am, 50p, 239 Hayes Lane, BR2 7LB]
  • Princes May School in Stoke Newington [Every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday from 9am-2pm, entry £3, N16 8DF]

Please check that your planned destination will be open before setting off! Even vintage clothes shops are sometimes closed unexpectedly, unlike the online vintage clothing option.

A dedicated bargain hunter will resort to researching online vintage clothing blogs for the best local vintage clothes shops or online vintage clothing specialists.

Ready to go? Print the map, get some cash, and loosely plan your target for the day. Car boot sales and vintage clothes shops are awash with ideas for interior designers, hipsters and smart fashion-savvy folk, but remain rigorous and informed with your selection.

If you’re looking for vintage fashion finds in vintage clothes shops or online vintage clothing stores, follow your instinct and style. It’s useful to know that you can get the musty smell out of fabric – be it a dress, cushion, or a lovely set of linen napkins – with some baking soda or cat litter. Most good vintage clothes shops or online vintage clothing shops will have dry cleaned their clothes already, but you never know! That old book smell, which most people find pleasing but some are allergic to, can be expelled by dusting the pages with cornstarch.

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