minicabit launches nationwide Private Hire Taxi booking app with O2 investment
Service can make it easier and more affordable for visitors to venues to book minicabs
London 16th May 2013 – O2, the UK mobile operator, has invested in minicabit to launch the first nationwide minicab booking app for smartphones.
minicabit (www.minicabit.com) enables price comparison, booking and payment of cab journeys across the UK, for both local and long distance trips. By uniquely including quotes from licensed Private Hire Taxi operators beyond the user’s local area, minicabit’s comparison engine can save customers up to 30% off the cost of their trip.
As a result of opening up the market to more customers, minicabit’s network of over 100 fleets across the UK can service virtually any length of trip. Now, with O2’s investment, minicabit has launched the first smartphone app for booking such trips around the UK.
Geoff Symonds, Director of Transport Strategy at AEG Europe, said: “The O2 in London has been working with minicabit for well over a year. We have welcomed its ‘network approach’ which has allowed us to work with our favoured minicab operators all under the minicabit brand for our customers. It has been great to see customers even 100 miles away use the minicabit website to attend our events, a benefit of its wide network. Initiatives such as minicabit’s offer with O2 Priority Moments, as well as its new mobile app, now provides another viable transport option for our customers travelling to our venue.”
The app will come pre installed on O2 iPhone, Android app coming soon.
SOMETHING LTPH's LEGAL TEAM SEEM TO BE IGNORING!
LONDON CAB ACT 1968 sec4.
4 Prohibition of the display of certain signs or notices on, and the issue of certain advertisements in connection with, private hire-cars.
(1)There shall not, in the metropolitan police district or the City of London, be displayed on any private hire-car any sign or notice—
(a)which consists of or includes the word “taxi” or “cab”, whether in the singular or plural and whether alone or as part of another word; or
(b)which consists of the words “for hire”, or the form or wording of which is in any other way such as to suggest that the vehicle on which it is displayed is presently available to take up any passenger wishing to hire it, or would be so available if not already hired.
(a)indicating that motor vehicles can be hired on application to a specified address or telephone number, being the address or telephone number of premises in the metropolitan police district or the City of London; or
(b)on or near any such premises indicating that motor vehicles can be hired at those premises,shall include the word “taxi” or “cab”, whether in the singular or plural and whether alone or as part of another word, unless the vehicles offered for hire are licensed cabs or the advertisement makes it clear that they are not.