Crème de la crème – obviously, the service rendered by the black cabs of London is just beyond excellence. Formerly known as Hackney Carriages, the London Black Cabs are appraised as the best taxi service in the globe and carries the superlative adjective terms like Big Ben or the Houses of Parliament. It’s not a cakewalk for any chauffeur to gain the coveted badges that lets them to start their services. The drivers should get themselves meticulously involved to gain proper knowledge to take up tests. Naturally, it nearly takes four years to gain the badges.
The London Black Cabs have no restrictions when it comes to the services. On the dot, it doesn’t have a pre-booking process and can pick passengers at any time on the streets. The term ‘BLACK CARS’ sometime might wrongly imply of its characteristic colour. Conversely, it can be spotted in any colours and attractive designs.
The interior structure of the Black Cabs comprise of a good space beside the driver’s seat for luggage. Of course, there’s a luggage room in the passengers’ compartment. To ensure that free movement of the vehicle, the turning circle is notably less significant when compared to other vehicles of similar size.
There are seats for three people on the back seat with two more behind it. One of the fascinating attributes that makes the passengers comfortable is the good headroom for entry and exit with a special space for the disabled people to fit in.
While the Black Cabs are considered as the higher strata for its commendable service and privileges, there came a hassling hurdle through the private mini cabs.
It’s not just the size and design that distinguishes a Black Cab from minicabs but with the cost factors.
A best illustration would be the tariff comparison between Mini and Black Cabs for commutating from London Heathrow to Capital City. The London Black Cabs cost around £70 or £80 while the mini cabs touch the average point of range between £50 & 55.
On the flip side, minicabs cannot be availed through pre-booking and this becomes a major constraint while Black Cabs can be reached at any point and time in the city. Additionally, the Black cabs have the facility to use the M4 bus lane that connects the airport with capital, which isn’t possible for the minicabs.