Taxi industry offers over 1,000 free rides to military vets for Remembrance Sunday

Today's tenth anniversary of Poppy Cabs will see over 1,000 free taxi rides provided to Remembrance Sunday Veterans.

London’s cabbies will offer free fares to military service veterans making their way to today's remembrance events at the Cenotaph.

In 2019, its tenth year, Poppy Cabs, driven by proud London Taxi Drivers, will again make it much easier for veterans and especially those veterans using wheelchairs, to plan their travel and to attend the Remembrance Service.

Funded entirely by the taxi drivers, this is seen as one of the highlights of the taxi year when drivers make a special effort to pay back the debt owed to our military veterans.

Mike Hughes, Independent Coordinator Poppy Cabs and London Taxi Driver, said: “The Poppy Cabs service is an integral part of Remembrance Sunday, involving hundreds of proud London taxi drivers coming together to support our country’s veterans.

“In recent years over 5,000 veterans have used the free service and this initiative perfectly demonstrates the amazing spirit and generosity of kind-hearted London cabbies.” 

This year also marks the first year of the Poppy Cabs initiative entering Edinburgh.

On social media a spokesperson said: “We are finally up and running! 2019 is our first year providing free fares to our Veterans to get to the Remembrance Day service. We hope we with support we can provide this every year”

Just like the service in London, taxi drivers will volunteer to take part by identifying themselves to veterans using poppy signage in their windscreen.

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