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Can your child travel alone in a taxi?

Taxis are a great mode of transport. As adults, they allow us to drink and get home safely, or pick us up after a long day at work and deliver us home without us having to use much energy. Taxis are great for adults, but what if your child needs to grab a taxi? What are the rules and regulations regarding a child travelling alone in a taxi?

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At what age can a child travel alone in a taxi?

Though there is no specific age limit for a child to ride alone in the taxi, there are some limitations you need to be aware of. For example, it is illegal, for a child under 135cm or 12 years old to travel without the appropriate booster or car seat. In taxis, they can’t travel in the front seat, without these extra measures. In the back seat it is advised, but not strictly enforced.

If you call ahead, your taxi company might provide you with these child restraints, but it is always best to provide your own during travel.

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Advice for parents sending their child alone in a taxi

If you do need to send your child to a destination alone in a taxi, then you will want to:

It is also important to note that you are responsible for your child in a taxi, not the taxi driver. Their job is to get to their destination safely. Only let your child travel alone in a taxi if you can trust them to behave for the duration of the journey, otherwise, accidents can happen.

Depending on the length or location of this taxi trip, you might also want to consider getting children's travel insurance. This would be particularly important if, for example, you are in a foreign country. In all circumstances, you should have arranged drop-off and pick-up for your child, so that the only time they are alone is in the taxi.


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