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TfL “currently considering a range of further signage options” to improve safety in London’s minicabs

26 Jul 2019


London’s transport regulators are “currently considering a range of further signage options” to help improve safety in minicab vehicles said Mayor Sadiq Khan.

The announcement came following a question put to the London Mayor, as part of the recent Mayor’s Question Time, at City Hall.

Assembly Member David Kurten queried whether the the Mayor would restore the words ‘Pre-Booked Only’, to signage on the capital’s 90,209 minicabs.

Sadiq Khan said: “Currently private hire vehicles must have licence discs displayed on the front and rear windscreens. They show: the TfL licence number, licence expiry date, vehicle's registration number, and the number of passengers the vehicle is allowed to carry.

“Sometimes, private hire vehicles will have an additional pre-booked sticker on display. This is optional and should not be taken as proof that it is a licensed vehicle.

“Transport for London is currently considering a range of further signage options following its consultation, ‘Improving Safety in Private Hire Vehicles’. These could potentially include messages such as ‘pre-booked only’ or ‘no booking, no ride’.”

The ‘Improving Safety in Private Hire Vehicles’ consultation ended in May 2018 and put forward eight proposals to help improve standards within the private hire industry.

Some of the more prominent proposals put forward over a year ago include:


  • Introduction an advanced driving assessment for all new PHV drivers

  • New mandatory signage displaying contact information introduced in PHVs

  • Increase the visibility of PHVs

  • PHV driver’s ID card to be displayed on the nearside of the PHV on the front windscreen in the top corner

So far, none of the eight proposals have been implemented. 

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