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If you are planning a night out in Cambridge, it’s always a good idea to keep some money for your trip back in case you need a taxi.  Always book a taxi with a reputable firm (ask your Porters’ Lodge for their recommendations) and keep the number in your mobile contacts. 

Some firms (such as Panther or Cam Cab) offer a booking app where you can pay by credit card so it might be a good idea to add this to your phone so you can order and pay for a taxi if you run out of cash.  It’s a good idea, particularly if you are new to Cambridge, to keep a note of your full address and postcode to help with directions home.  Never accept a lift from an unlicensed taxi (often the ones who approach you in the street directly).  Cambridge has a huge number of licensed taxis and you are unlikely to have to wait too long for one, even in the middle of the night.  It is not worth risking your safety by getting in to a car you don’t know is licensed correctly. Night-time taxi ranks are located at: Sidney Street (outside Boots) and Market Hill.

As a Cambridge student, you can also approach any Cambridge College’s Porters’ Lodge if you cannot get home safely, and the Porters can call you a taxi back to your College.  You can then pay for this later.  Alternatively, if you cannot reach another College easily or safely, you can take a taxi to the Porters’ Lodge of your College and they can pay your fare, charging it back to you later.  Some Colleges also have shared taxi arrangements if you cannot get back to College late at night, for example Newnham and Pembroke so do check with your Porters’ Lodge for more information about what might be available to you.  It is a good idea to keep your Porters’ Lodge’s telephone number in your phone as well, or you can find it on your College website.

Tips for safe use of Taxis

  • Try and share a cab if possible
  • Always sit in the back rather than the front
  • Check that the taxi is licensed (it will have plates on the back displaying the Cambridge council licensing details) and that the driver’s badge photo matches his or her appearance.
  • Take a picture of the licence details/number plates on your phone and send it to a friend (genuine drivers won’t be offended if you do this and it might deter opportunist offenders)
  • Ensure that your phone is charged and keep it with you and accessible in the taxi. You may wish to have an emergency number that you can call if needed.
  • You can request a female driver from some taxi firms if you are female and travelling alone and would prefer this.  Request this at the time of booking.

With thanks to Murray Edwards College for the tips above.

 

Our Disability Resource centre provides a list of accessible taxi firms