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I booked a cab through Dial-A-Cab the night before at 11pm for the 8.45 in the morning as I had to get to a very important exam and exactly at 08.45, I receive a call that there are no cabs in the area, which meant I had to waste an extra 20 minutes in trying to find one and so got late for my exam. This company should SHUT DOWN! whats the point of booking
Dial a cab: never use this company to book cabs in advance!
Their website and booking service is a big fake: there is no booking at all at dial-a-cab. They will just give a ring to the cabs as you would have done if you hadn't booked before. There is no guarantee there will be a car waiting for you: they will just try and locate cabs in your area. If you're in very central London you are likely to get one. If not, don't dream, instead of your car you will get called with a miserable apology at best. I think there would be a way to file a collective complaint for all travelllers abused by dial-a-cab:we should group and sue them for lying and pretending having a booking service while there isn't any. You can miss flights or important meetings because of this poor, very poor company. Use minicab companies instead, anyway, Dial-a-cab will soon be put out of the market by guys like Addison Lee.
I booked dial a cab online to pick us up at 4.30am and received confirmation of booking. Cab did not turn up. Complained and received no acknowledgment, apology etc! Do not recommend themn.
My partner started labour on our first child and we called a cab. The trip should have been short: highbury and islington to UCH. As I'm a cyclist I could recognise that the driver wend through numerous side-streets in the wrong direction. Eventually we arrived at the hospital after a 20 minute journey (it should be 10) and a £17 fare. Subsequent fares on the same route (using radio cabs) cost £9. On the plus side the oh-so pleasant driver wished us good luck when we arrived. How nice of him.
I booked a cab to go from my house in Acton, West London to the Bloomsbury Theatre in central London at the end of April.
I had heard Dial A Cab were quite a good company, I had attempted to use them once before for a cash booking going from Kings Cross station to my home but was told that they did not pick up from public places... fair enough, I managed to get a cab that was from Dial A Cab outside the station anyway...
Now back to my planned journey to the Bloomsbury Theatre. I had booked the cab to pick me up on the Sunday afternoon the Wednesday before - a full FOUR DAYS before I was due to travel... around five minutes or so before the cab was due, I received a phone call to say that there were no taxis in my area, but they would get one out to me as soon as possible, so I said "Fine, I'll give you another 15 minutes"... those 15 minutes passed and the phone rang again "I'm sorry we've still not been able to get a cab in your area"... I was rather annoyed about this, particularly as I'd given them four days notice, so I cancelled both the outward and return journeys I'd booked, and fortunately my Mum was around to take me (I had wanted to save her the trouble!) so she offered to take me, so I saved myself a bit of money!
If you're in London - I'd strongly advise against Dial A Cab.. next time I need a cab, I might try one of the other well known London taxi firms... and ask them to make sure there's a cab in my area when I need it!
I have used Peckham Mini Cabs ever since I moved to the Peckham/Camberwell area in March of last year. They are cheap, reliable and very safe. I first discovered the company when I was searching for a cab firm that would take me to and from Gatwick airport for a reasonable fee. Most of the airport transfer firms charge between £50 and £70 for the trip from where I live, and I wasn't prepared to pay such an extortionate amount of money for a forty-five minute journey. I spoke to a friendly and obliging radio controller at Peckham Minicabs, and he offered me the bargain price of £30 per trip, which I was more than happy to pay. The cab turned up promptly at 4.30am and got me to the airport in plenty of time. I was so pleased with the service and cost that I tipped the driver £10, and it still saved me a decent amount of cash! Since then I have used their cabs for trips from Peckham to Canning Town (£12) the Strand (£10) and numerous little journeys around London. They have never overcharged me or failed to turn up, which has often happened in the past with other cab firms. The staff and drivers now know me by name and are always friendly, courteous and cheerful. The cars are all newish, well maintained models and so far, they have been clean and comfortable. The drivers all seem to drive very carefully and take the most direct routes available. I recommend Peckham Mini cabs for journeys in and around London, and particularly for travel to and from the London airports, as they're definitely the cheapest and best cab firm in the area. Peckham Mini Cabs can be contacted at the following address and phone numbers : 41 Peckham High Street Peckham London Greater London SE15 5EB 0207 252 5405 0207 252 5425 0207 708 1144 0207 703 7777 0207 703 0031 They offer a 24 hour sevice and account facilities for frequent users.
My younger brother had just arrived from India stopping by for few days on his way to Canada. He got immigration visa for Canada. So I thought whilst he is here, I will take him to Frankfurt in Germany. Why? I just thought, it might be one of the good places to visit. Whilst I was on Dooyoo, I noticed a banner of Travelselect one of the travel agencies. I clicked on the banner and checked their prices on flights to Frankfurt. Selected the dates I wanted to go and return. Within no time, it came back with lots of flights available. I selected the appropriate flight and paid by credit card. I made sure the sight was secured. Within a few days time, I had received my tickets. The only minus point is that this flight I selected was departing from Stansted airport which is a bit far away from where I live – Harrow. That too I didn’t mind, as the tickets were really cheap. It only costed me £72.00 for a return ticket to Frankfurt. The problem started when I had arranged for a taxi to go Stansted at 7.00 is with Fleet Taxi. I confirmed with the manager how much it would cost me for the trip and he said about 40-45 pounds. Now the thing is I thought that I had rung Fleetline Taxi Service. This is the taxi service that we usually use. I didn’t check on my mobile phone if there was another number. I just thought that the number I was ringing was Fleetline. Anyway we were ready by 7.00 am to leave. But there was no sign of the Taxi. So I asked my wife to ring the Fleetline and ask on what is going on? She rang them up and they said that there was no booking for 7.00 am. But he was ready to send someone ASAP. Then the bell rings saying that it was the taxi. We were just about to lock the front door and our doorbell rang again saying it was the taxi driver. We came out with our luggage. And to my amazement I saw two taxi drivers. Yes one from the Fleetline Taxi
and the other from Fleet Taxi. My wife was panicking because she thought that we might not make it in time for the flight. There we were trying to sort out which driver to choose. Both of the taxi drivers started arguing. One said that the lady that is my wife always uses their service. The other was a youngster and you could tell that he was not gonna give up that easily. He seemed a bit stubborn and argumative. He said that he had come all the way from Luton to Harrow. It was such a cock up that my wife getting embarrassed. She wanted to choose Fleetline but as I had booked with Fleet taxi, it is fair to go with them. So in the end the taxi driver from our usual source was very nice and understanding. I thought he was going to charge me for calling him over. But no he didn’t even charge a penny. I could see my wife apologising to this guy again and again. We got to the airport in time. When I asked the Taxi driver how much? Can you guess how much he said? The scum bag told me £67.00. I nearly freaked out. What? He said that is the normal charge. Again he started arguing with me. I am like please stop it, not again early in the morning. I just didn’t want to create any agro. In the end I paid him what he asked for. The main reason why I am writing this is that I can warn you of some of the Taxi drivers. From my experience, I would like to advise you that make sure you confirm how much it is going to cost you for the fare before you jump in to the taxi. Beware!
Why is it that when you book a taxi from some firms they turn up on time (sometimes a little early) and some firms turn up late or not at all with no explanation when they finally get there? One firm which I personally will not use again in Bristol is Bedminster Down Taxis. They have turned up late on several occasions and not at all at least once. Being a woman and out with my younger brother I expected to have a reliable service but was left waiting for 15 minutes at 1am on the corner of a street because the club we were visiting had closed. I would advise anyone thinking of using this firm to think again
The world famous 'black cab' is known across the world is very distinctive around London. Although I do not live in London, I am a regular visitor to the city and have used cabs on numerous occasions, and I would highly recommend them. What makes Hackney cabs special compared to your local mini cab firm is that all drivers have had to complete 'The Knowledge' before they are allowed to become a London taxi driver. This basically means that each driver has to memorise and learn all of the streets in London off by heart - quite a daunting task. Once a driver has passed the knowledge they should be able to get to any location in London without even looking at a map!! However, although I have found this to be the case when travelling in the city centre - drivers do not always knoe the exact loacton of some smaller streets on the outskirts of London and may need some directing. There are hundreds of cabs across the city meaning there is no need to book one, instead when you want one stick your arm out by a road and a taxi will soon stop for you - a lot more convienient than a bus or tube whihc you have to wait for. All London taxis have meters on them and the fare is calculated both in terms of the distance driven and the time it has taken to do so. One problem I usually find with this is that I am quite often paying for sitting in a traffic jam for ten minutes during the rush hour despite not moving. Although expensive, black cabs are a lot better than other forms of transport in London. They are very private, uncrowded and relaxing aswell as being very safe. To visitors to the city they can also be more interesting as it allows you to see some of the tourist sights around London which you would not see on a crowded bus or on the underground
In comparison to Taxi's in other major cities, especially New York, London Black cabs are a dream! If you are really in a rush, have loads of shopping , or just fancy being a bit flamboyant - take a cab! Easy to find, just hold your hand out, tell the driver where you want to go, and you're off. It takes a lot of hard graft to become a london cabbie and these guy's sure know their way around - unlike most minicab drivers, who are usually complete rip-off merchants. The black cabs are always clean, have loads of leg room and the drivers are usually very friendly. In fact you won't be able to get a word in with some of them!