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Boris Johnson warns revellers to book a minicab before heading home

PUBLISHED: 07:00 26 November 2009 | UPDATED: 15:17 05 October 2010

PARTY-GOERS are being warned about the dangers of using minicabs that have not been booked in the run-up to the festive season. Transport for London and the Met Police have launched a TV campaign to warn those who are partying over Christmas that gettin

PARTY-GOERS are being warned about the dangers of using minicabs that have not been booked in the run-up to the festive season.

Transport for London and the Met Police have launched a TV campaign to warn those who are partying over Christmas that getting into any minicab without booking is illegal, potentially dangerous and could lead to a sex attack.

The campaign is part of the Mayor of London's Safer Travel at Night initiative which was launched three years ago.

Boris Johnson said: "It is hugely important that everyone takes this message on board.

"Don't take the risk and don't let your friends do it either."

TFL are warning that even if the minicab holds a TfL licence, to tout for business on the street or to carry out a journey that has not been booked through a licensed operator is illegal.

Only licensed black cabs can be hailed in the street or picked up at a rank without a booking.

Passengers can text the word cab to 60835 to get a phone number for a licensed minicab company.

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