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    A & B Taxis Offices Child Seat Policy

    Which magazine have surveyed more than 1,600 parents with children up to the age of five and asked whether they thought you could be fined for not using a car seat in a taxi.  37% thought you could be fined, another 37% thought this statement was false, while 26% said they didn't’t know. 
  • The law on child car seats – The answer is if your cab firm can’t provide a car seat, current child car seat law states that in a licensed taxi or a minicab (private hire vehicles) a child can only travel without a car seat if he or she sits on a rear seat.
  • Children older than three can travel using the adult seat belt.
  • Children under three can travel without using a seat belt.
  • If you have a child under three years of age, some expert's feel the best option is to sit the child next to you on their own seat (if they are able to) rather than holding them on your lap. This is because in the event of a serious crash your body weight may crush the child. Which magazine states they advise using a car seat wherever possible and that passengers should check with your taxi firm when booking that it has one. When booking a taxi for your airport run, or any other journey, ask what car seats are available for your journey, or think about taking your own if you can. 

    A&B Taxis conditions for children on long journeys.

  • Having explained this and reading several sites shown below that give the exact regulation, we as a company made the decision a while ago that although the letter of the law might be acceptable to some firms, from a pure safety point this conpany adheres to UK law that dictates - - -

    A child must use a child car seat until they're 12-years-old or 135cm tall, whichever comes first. ... They must travel in the rear and wear an adult seat belt if they're over the age of three. Children under three should travel without a seat belt".

    There is a risk on all journeys even local low speed runs, but we believe this is not the same as traveling at high speeds for long duration on motorways. Low speed impacts are more survivable than high speed.  An unrestrained child in that car could be seriously hurt, or inflict injury to other people in the vehicle,  and as a company we would not want to be responsible for that.
  • Because we had a large number of drivers that showed considerable concern as to the child, other passengers and  driver safety, and our risk evaluation of having an unrestrained child in the vehicle in the case of even a minor accident, we deemed it irresponsible not to have a condition in place.   
  • From a driver's point of view, yes they are within their rights to take the children as the law dictates but other drivers may not feel they want to take on that responsibility. We have to think of what would we do with our own children,  would you feel comfortable allowing your own child/baby to travel unsecured even in your own vehicle. Yes, some parents will have to be educated that most road user consumer advice bodies agree the child should always be adequately restrained.
  • We do not believe babies should be carried by the parent and especially the totally unacceptable idea of putting the seat belt round the mother and child at the same time should not be allowed.

  • We would like to ask that all parents please assist us with thier childs safety, and make sure they are carried in the correct seats.

    However A & B Taxis aceept no responsibilty for customers child seats when left in the care of the driver or the office staff.

    We must also caution that drivers have the right to refuse to accept responsibilty for customers child seats at anytime unless the customer made the request at the time of booking, or subsequent contact with the office prior to commencement of the journey.

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  • Any changes we may make to our Child Seat policy in the future will be posted on this page.

    As an advisary we acknowlegde that under Current legislation a child can travel without a child car seat in some circumstances.

  • Taxis and minicabs (private hire vehicles) If the driver doesn’t provide the correct child car seat, children can travel without one - but only if they travel on a rear seat: wear a adult seat belt if they’re 3 or older - without a seat belt if they’re under 3

  • Minibuses, coaches and vans Minibus or coach drivers and companies don’t have to provide child car seats. You must provide your own if you want to make sure a child has one.

  • Coaches Children can travel without a child car seat or seat belt, if they’re not available.

  • Minibuses, all children must travel in rear seats (any seats behind the driver) if a child car seat or an adult seat belt isn’t fitted.

  • Children aged 3 or older must: use a child car seat if there’s one available in a minibus use an adult seat belt if child car seats are not fitted or are unsuitable

    Vans - The rules for vans are the same as for cars.

  • Unexpected journeys If the correct child car seat isn’t available, a child aged 3 or older can use an adult seat belt if the journey is all of the following: unexpected necessary over a short distance You can’t take children under 3 on an unexpected journey in a vehicle without the correct child car seat, unless both of the following apply: it’s a licensed taxi or minicab the child travels on a rear seat without a seat belt

    No room for a third child car seat Children under 3 must be in a child car seat. If there’s no room for a third child car seat in the back of the vehicle, the child must travel in the front seat with the correct child car seat.

    Children aged 3 or older can sit in the back using an adult belt.

  • Vehicles without seat belts Children under 3 must be in a child car seat. If there’s no seat belt, they can’t travel.

  • A child aged 3 or older can travel in a back seat without a child car seat and without a seat belt if the vehicle doesn’t have one.

  • Unaccompanied children Policy
  • The company does not allow any unaccompanied minors of less than 11 years of age to travel alone in any of our vehicles.
  • When making a booking for any unaccompanied child between 11 and 15 the customer must inform us that an unaccompanied child will be travelling. The company does not accept any additional responsibility for any child who travels unaccompanied in a Passenger Vehicle.

    Home to school transports
  • The company will not carry unaccompanied children of infant school age 5-7
  • The company reserves the right to refuse to carry unaccompanied children of Junior school age 8-13, without prior arrangement with the company management team.
  • Many schools in the area have gate closure times to prevent parents dropping on the school property. The company will not transport children between the age of 8 -13 to a school where the drop cannot be made on the school property, drivers will not park outside schools and walk children in to a responsible adult.
  • Drivers are not permitted to physically, guide, hold or restrain children which could create a control issue.
  • How did the company arrive at this policy, there are no real guidelines?
  • Is there a minimum age when your child should be allowed out alone, not really !
  • Most authorities on the subject suggest that at eight years-old the vast majority of parents
  • allow them to walk to school and friends alone, It is accepted that at this age a child can hold a conversation with an adult and can ask questions if there are any problems.

    Please Note: This policy above does not apply to contracts undertaken on behalf of Essex County Council or Social services when requested by email.