Know Your Rides
To mark this year's National Personal Safety Day respected charity Suzy Lamplugh Trust issued advice on staying safe in taxis and mini-cabs.
The Know Your Rides campaign aims to raise awareness of the difference between taxis and private hire vehicles (minicabs), and how everyone can stay safe while using them.
The charity has issued a useful poster to help people. Suzy Lamplugh Trust advises anyone using public transport to plan their journey before they go out, and to share information about their journey with someone they trust.
If you're using a taxi or minicab, check that a taxi or minicab licence is displayed on the vehicle, and ask to see the driver's badge before you start your journey.
If you're using a minicab, remember it must be booked in advance.
Always trust your instincts if you feel worried or threatened, ask the driver to stop in a busy area so you can get out.