It’s not very often that you see people talking about taxis and transfers. But when needed, it is very easy to arrange a transfer from one place to another. Whether you want to go from Liverpool to London or from Manchester to London, there are many companies that provide taxi services and transfers from town centres to the capital. Taxis are also available at the airport so that people can easily pick up their vehicles.
Taxis in the UK come in two types: privately owned and official. If you don’t know much about taxis, it’s a good idea to get some knowledge before deciding which one to choose. Owned taxis are generally operated by just one person so that there is a record of exactly who was driving the vehicle and for how long. Official taxis have to be licensed by the government and these have a driver who is properly checked and insured.
There are a few differences between taxis. Taxis don’t generally allow passengers to drive them. Official taxis will allow you to drive the vehicle but it will be your responsibility to hire it. Taxis are cheaper to use and they don’t have the traffic jams as well as official taxis.
For some people, driving around town is too much trouble. It’s no fun sitting in a terrible looking, tiny cab. With a taxi, you can simply jump in the driver’s seat and start moving around. It’s much more convenient than using a bus or train. Taxis also make for shorter commutes as well.
Once you’ve decided on a taxi, you need to get a number. Taxis won’t release the number unless you pay a deposit of up to 15% of the total fare. The more money you put down, the sooner the cab will be removed. In the UK, this deposit is usually taken into account with the monthly bills and you can use it towards the cab’s deposit when you book it.
When looking for a cab, you should check all the meters for authenticity. Some taxis will try to rip you off by not giving you the correct charge. The more reputable ones will keep a log of all the money you owe so you don’t end up owing more than the cab company itself. Make sure you have all the necessary documents with you such as your valid driving license, phone and credit card bills. Most taxis will accept major credit cards. However, if you pay with a debit card, make sure to get a receipt from the cashier.