Posted on September 22, 2016
Well, the simple and short answer to that question is no ! Below is how the UK law stands at the time of writing this;
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 car seat, children can travel without one – but only if they travel on a rear seat: and wear an adult seat belt if they’re 3 or older without a seat belt if they’re under 3. So as you can see we do not need to carry child or baby seats and this is not because we are not safety conscious because believe me we most certainly are. What it comes down to is simply a matter of practicality and space. Because of all of the different sizes of seats and booster seats involved where are we supposed to store them all?
A typical pick up for a saloon car taxi during the day is often from a supermarket to a home address. Lets say that it is a mother with three children between the ages of 8 and 2. This means that a driver with a saloon car would have to carry at all times 3 baby seats and 3 booster seats. Where ? It follows that the larger 8 seat taxis would have to carry up to 7 baby seats and 7 booster seats. As you can see this is just impossible unless you put them all in a trailer and tow it behind the cab. I’m sure you would agree that this is totally impractical.
Nowadays most modern pushchairs have a detachable cot that serves as a baby seat and I feel sure that most drivers would not refuse a request for you to use it. I have been doing this job now for 24 years and I personally do not know of any drivers who would say no to such a request.
Also if you are advance booking a taxi always ask if the company can provide seats. A lot of firms do nowadays.
I hope this has shed some insight into why we as taxis ie: hackney carriages do not have them on board with us.