Britons adhere to a strict code of ‘taxi etiquette’ – including never eating food in a taxi


Taxi passengers don’t eat food in a cab out of politeness, and almost half like to chat with the driver along the way.

Polite Brits follow a set of unwritten rules when traveling in a taxi

Millions of Britons abide by a strict code of ‘taxi etiquette’ including never eating food, having cash on hand – and asking drivers to stop if they’re about to vomit.

A study of 2,000 taxi riders found that one in four never complains about the fare, while 15 percent don’t think it’s polite to ask for the radio station to be changed.

However, after spending so long away from taxis and nightlife, four in ten adults admit to feeling “anxious” about taking one for the first time.

For a tenth of those surveyed, it’s been so long since they drove somewhere, they can’t even remember the last time they did.

And 46% fear they forgot the correct label when using taxis.

Taxi etiquette is not to jump in front of someone who is already waiting for a taxi


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The research was commissioned by The Taxi Center, whose spokesperson said: “Until 18 months ago, getting in a taxi was as natural as walking down the street.

“But after such a long time, it’s no surprise that many have forgotten about the weird little rituals and bits of etiquette around a cab ride.

“All you want from a taxi service is for everyone – including the passengers and the driver – to feel comfortable and get where they’re going.

“That’s why it’s important to remind the nation of the little ways they can do their part to make the trip as smooth as possible. “

The study also found that 39% of adults are eager to use more taxis as the world reopens, and 68% say they regularly tip their drivers.

However, safe measures against Covid, like paying by card, mean 66% will be less likely to tip.

On a six mile trip, Brits would tip an average of £ 1.40 – and more than half tend to leave a higher percentage of tip if it is a longer trip.

However, a quarter of passengers think it is unfair that drivers expect a tip on top of the ticket price, according to data from OnePoll.

It also appeared that seven in ten adults had no desire to become taxi drivers themselves, with 58% of them feeling that they would have no hope of mastering “The Knowledge” – knowing almost every neighborhood. of London by heart.

Passengers also make sure they have cash with them so the driver doesn’t have to stop at an ATM


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As a result, 46% of those surveyed have grown to appreciate taxis and their drivers more in the last 18 months of closure.

And despite Britons’ reputation for being alone, four in ten adults prefer chatting with their driver along the way – more than those who would like quiet driving.

The Taxi Center spokesperson added: “Absence makes the heart more affectionate, and this has turned out to be the case for Brits who take taxis.

“It was also nice to see from the results that the British prefer a conversation with their driver rather than sitting in silence.

“It shows that the journey is not just about going from A to B, but also has a human side.”


  1. Never eat food
  2. Have cash on hand for the driver so they don’t have to stop at an ATM
  3. Do not try to open the doors until the taxi is stopped
  4. Don’t jump in a taxi that stops if there was already someone waiting for it
  5. Tell the driver well in advance if you want to make more than one stop
  6. Make conversation with the driver
  7. Know the postal code of where you are going
  8. Don’t open a window without checking in with all the other passengers – and the driver
  9. Never complain about the price
  10. If you come home from a party, tell them if you feel sick so they can stop

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