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Can I take my 2 year old in a taxi?

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morningpaper Fri 25-Feb-05 13:25:14

CRAP my car's broken down and dd is stuck at nursery four miles away! Can I pick her up in a taxi or can't she travel without a childseat? My childseat is stuck at the garage...

It would happen today when it's -20 degrees outside!!!

wild Fri 25-Feb-05 13:30:24

I have done this before in similar circs. Not surely what law is on this, but simply had no alternative. After all, when you take them on a bus there's no carseat. Just had ds on lap

alexsmum Fri 25-Feb-05 13:31:54

i've done this loads of times through lack of choice.either just held them on my lap or had them strapped into pushchair if it was a black cab.

coppertop Fri 25-Feb-05 13:32:24

Can you get a London-style cab? If so you could put dd in her pushchair and face the pushchair towards the back end of the taxi. It's safer than sitting on your lap.

Gwenick Fri 25-Feb-05 13:32:41

I have on rare occasions taken both my children in car without a carseat. In those 4 times I really did have NO other option. I won't deny that I felt awful guilty about it at the time but looking back it was the 'best' option available to me.

morningpaper Fri 25-Feb-05 13:33:04

No black cabs around here - middle of the country. Just dodgy old men with half-rusted fords.

Toothache Fri 25-Feb-05 13:35:28

We used to take ds home in a taxi when we did our weekly shopping. It was only 3 miles and we didn't have a car.... we just strapped him in with the seatbelt in the back. Taxi drivers didn't have a problem with it.

bran Fri 25-Feb-05 13:39:12

Could the garage give you a courtesy car and strap the car seat into that? Then you would only have to get a taxi to the garage - alternative get a taxi and go via the garage and get the child seat on the way.

Actually, re-reading your post I'm not sure how far away the garage is, only that the nursery is 4 miles away, so just ignore me if it's not an option.

morningpaper Fri 25-Feb-05 13:42:29

No chance of a courtesy car and I don't think I can remove my filthy car seat and strap it into a taxi successfully in this cold. Also I've not found a remotely polite taxi driver in this area so I don't think they will be amenable to this plan...

NotQuiteCockney Fri 25-Feb-05 13:44:54

Maybe phone a few taxi firms, some of them have their own car seats? They should be ok with you using yours, anyway - you're paying!

Alternatively, is there anyone you know at the nursery who could give your dd a lift, in return for you giving them one later?

FYI, the newer black cabs have built-in child seats that are fine for 2-year-olds. Pity there are no black cabs out near you.

catgirl Fri 25-Feb-05 13:50:23

put my ds (2.5) in a cab last weekend, with my parents, he sat in the middle seat with seat beat on. AFAIK that is the 'safest' seat - he thought it was great, but made sure everyone was straped in first!

starlover Fri 25-Feb-05 14:37:25

some of our local taxi firms will provide car seats.... ring round and see if any of yours do.

Otherwise I don't think it would be a problem, but make sure you put her in a seat belt... it is recommended over having a child on your lap!

starlover Fri 25-Feb-05 14:40:54

some of our local taxi firms will provide car seats.... ring round and see if any of yours do.

Otherwise I don't think it would be a problem, but make sure you put her in a seat belt... it is recommended over having a child on your lap!

morningpaper Fri 25-Feb-05 14:52:52

Hurray the garage has rung and fixed the problem - I'm SOOOOOOOO relieved!

But thanks for all the great advice! I will know what to do next time (hopefully there won't be one!).

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