In the UK you have the choice of two kinds of taxis. The first being what is called the Hackney Carriage and then there is the minicab. Today Hackney Carriages are more commonly known as Black Cabs or London Taxis but in the old days these were horse drawn carriages that people would hail in the street to catch the driver’s attention. Black cabs have a yellow light which when turned on means they do not have any passengers and can be flagged down by anyone in the street. If you don’t see a light on they then cab has passengers in it. They run on meters which are turned on the moment a passenger gets into the taxi. Mini cabs are different all together because you cannot hail them down in the street. You need to pre-book a minicab by telephone or you can do it online these days. The charge of a minicab depends on how far you are going because they normally charge passengers by the mile. Both types of taxis, whether a minicab or Hackney Carriages are licensed taxis which means that the drivers must display ID cards when they are driving their cabs. There are minicab firms all over the country as well as Hackney carriage ranks that are found in many towns. Anyone visiting Shoreham and who needs to find a taxi should check out the internet and just Google the words ‘Shoreham taxi’ or ‘taxi Shoreham by Sea’ and this should bring up a list of companies in that part of the country.
Evening out with friends coming up? Party? Going out for a meal at a restaurant? Along with arranging when and where you are going to meet , you should be reaching for the phone and calling one of Shoreham´s taxi firms to book your taxi there and back. Noone is suggesting that you are going to get drunk on your evening out, but with the drink drive limits set pretty low, the risk of even a couple of pints or glasses of wine and driving home is not worth taking. If you think seriously about how you will cope if you loose your license, you will see a taxi as a necessity not a luxury.
In fact, per booked, a taxi is often cheaper than you may think and if shared with several fiends, picked up on route perhaps, it is often cheaper per head than public transport.
It is certainly more convenient, door to door with no problems parking either. Of course there may be special reasons why getting a taxi in Shoreham is the only sensible option. If you have mobility problems, booking a weekly trip to the supermarket with the same friendly firm will make an otherwise daunting task a pleasure to look forward to. There is some thing really reassuring for the single or elderly passenger to use the same firm and same driver for all their trips , who will know their particular needs.
If you are going away on holiday, or even taking a trip up to London, booking a taxi to take you to the station or airport and collect you on your return, will save so much hassle worrying about parking or late night buses, that it will add enormously to the pleasure of the occasion.
Finally, of course, there is the serious matter of personal safety to be considered if your journey is at night, when booking or calling a registered and licensed taxi firm is the only sensible option.
There are plenty of occasions when driving is simply not much fun. There are other times when it is not safe, or advisable, or there is a better option. Public transport can be great, if it goes where you want to go that is! So a good option for non-drivers and, ‘not on this occasion’ drivers, is to take a taxi.
A taxi is great for an evening out when no one wants to be the designated driver. If a group of you travel together the cost will be fairly modest, and you will all be able to enjoy the evening and return home safely. Safety is a big factor if you are going out, or returning alone at night, particularly if you are young, or vulnerable, or a woman out on her own.
It is wise to plan ahead if you can so you can make an arrangement with friends to stay together and travel together. There are many firms offering taxis in Shoreham, and elsewhere. So check these out, and consider making a regular booking with a firm you like. Many firms will also take you further afield. This can useful for airport journeys, or longer trips. Airport parking is expensive, and you will then have to get from the car park to the terminal. So why not cut out the hassle and let the taxi drop you at the departure gate, and pick you up on your return?
Taking a taxi home after the New Year celebrations is sensible for a number of reasons.
First, it means that you can enjoy the evening without having to worry about drinking too much, and without having to designate a driver for the evening.
Secondly, it means that you can get home at any time of the night, without having to worry about when the last train, bus, or tube is.
You can either book a taxi in Shoreham in advance, or go to a taxi rank. Either way, it is important to be sure that you are getting in a registered taxi.
Getting a taxi home in the New Year is also safer than using public transport, especially if you are travelling home alone on an evening when there will be a lot of people about who have been out drinking.
If you share a taxi home with friends it can also work out fairly cheap, and a lot of taxi companies do not add on a premium at this time of year for travelling after midnight, as they do at other times of the year.
Booking a taxi to take you home also means that your friends and family will know what time to expect you home.
A New Year taxi is a safe and sensible way to see in the New Year.
Are you anticipating that familiar argument this Christmas…whose turn is it to drive? It can really put the dampers on a party or night out knowing that you can´t enjoy even a couple of drinks safely and have got to stay alert for the drive home.
Comfort is a prime consideration too. You could resort to public transport, but then you are going to have to contend with waits in the cold, buses which fail to arrive and trains which are often overcrowded or finish early. What´s more you still have to get to and from the bus stop and station. Ladies amongst you will have to try and keep hairstyles and shoes unruffled and dry as well and who wants to arrive at the party, club, pub or restaurant, weighed down with coats , hats and gloves?
There is also the question of safety to consider. If you book with a registered taxi firm you know you will get there and back safely. You will be delivered door to door with complete peace of mind and at a time which suits you.
A taxi is always worth consideration on cost too. Take off fuel costs and parking costs and they are very attractive, especially if you get together with others .Taxi firms in Shoreham will happily pick up and set down from several addresses so that you can share the cost .
And finally? Well, why not indulge yourself with a touch of luxury with your own chauffeur for a little while, especially at Christmas.