Travelling by taxi is a safe method of public transport.
Here are a few suggestions you should consider when choosing to ride in a cab:
- Phone for a taxi in preference to hailing one. All booking details are kept by taxi companies;
- You are entitled to choose the taxi/taxi driver of your preference. If a driver makes you feel uncomfortable at any time, you are within your rights to select another taxi;
- Sit wherever you feel most comfortable. This may mean traveling in the back seat of the taxi;
- Specify to the driver the route you wish to take to reach your destination.
- Take note of the taxi company and fleet number. This will help in identifying the taxi if required.
- Stay alert to your surroundings and limit your conversation to general topics;
- If you don't want your home address known, stop a few houses away from your destination.
If the driver harasses you when travelling in a taxi your options include:
- Ask the driver to stop. You may choose to make up an excuse to do so;
- Leave the taxi when it stops at a traffic sign or lights;
- Call out to someone on the street to attract attention and seek assistance;
- Read out the fleet number and advise the driver you will report him/her if they don't stop;
- Trust and act on your instincts, do whatever you believe will best preserve your safety.