Safer Travel at Night

Plenary on 2006-12-06
Session date: 
December 6, 2006
Question By: 
Jennette Arnold OBE
Labour Group
Asked Of: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)


TfL's excellent work in partnership with the Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police on Safer Travel at Night has rightly been recognised with an international award. What actions have been taken to step up the campaign around the Christmas and New Year period?


Answer for Safer Travel at Night

Answer for Safer Travel at Night

Answered By: 
Peter Hendy (Commissioner, Transport for London)

As in previous years, December will see various activities including:

- distribution of literature and posters promoting the CABWISE text service, allowing users to text the word HOME to 60835 (60TFL) and get numbers for two local licensed 24 hour minicab operators plus the Taxi One-Number sent to their mobile phone - screening of a new TV ad highlighting the dangers posed by illegal cab drivers - extension of the late night marshalled taxi and private hire schemes that operate across the Capital - a range of cab enforcement activities

This December will also see the launch of a new website featuring all the information on CABWISE, and advice on how to travel safely at night. Emails promoting CABWISE will be widely circulated amongst Londoners.

In addition to the existing schemes in Cranbourn Street, Bromley Town centre, Croydon Town Centre and Liverpool Street Station, there is a new marshalled taxi rank in Kingston Town Centre to cope with the high demand over the festive period.

TOCU has a heavy schedule of anti-touting enforcement activity planned for the lead up to Christmas, to deter and detect illegal minicab drivers. Activities will include daily patrols in the West End, covert anti-touting operations and high visibility enforcement exercises at various hotspots across London. TOCU will carry out a number of operations to clamp down on unsafe vehicles, and other taxi and private hire offences.

Since the campaign started in 2002, sexual assaults in illegal minicabs have fallen from an average of 18 to 10 a month. There has been a reduction in the usage of illegal cabs by women from 19 per cent in September 2003 to four per cent in February 2006.