The law Child car seats in Taxis

Child car seats: the law

When a child can travel without a car seat,

A child aged 3 or older can travel in a back seat without a child car seat and without a seat belt if the vehicle doesn’t have one.

In most cases, children under 3 must always be in a child car seat.

The rules are different if:

  • the child is in a taxi or minicab,
  • the child is in a minibus, coach or van,
  • the child is on an unexpected journey, for example an emergency,
  • there’s no room for another car seat,

Taxis and minicabs (private hire vehicles).

If the driver doesn’t provide the correct child car seat, children can travel without one – but only if they travel on a rear seat:

  • and wear an adult seat belt if they’re 3 or older,
  • without a seat belt if they’re under 3.

Minibuses and vans:

Minibus or coach drivers and companies don’t have to provide child car seats.
You must provide your own if you want to make sure a child has one.


Children can travel without a child car seat or seat belt, if they’re not available.


All children must travel in rear seats (any seats behind the driver) if a child car seat or an adult seat belt isn’t fitted.

Children aged 3 or older must:

  • use a child car seat if there’s one available in a minibus
  • use an adult seat belt if child car seats are not fitted or are unsuitable


The rules for vans are the same as for cars.

Unexpected journeys

If the correct child car seat isn’t available, a child aged 3 or older can use an adult seat belt if the journey is all of the following:

  • unexpected
  • necessary
  • over a short distance

You can’t take children under 3 on an unexpected journey in a vehicle without the correct child car seat, unless both of the following apply:

  • it’s a licensed taxi or minicab,
  • the child travels on a rear seat without a seat belt.

No room for a third child car seat

Children under 3 must be in a child car seat, Child safety in taxis is essential
If there’s no room for a third child car seat in the back of the vehicle, the child must travel in the front seat with the correct child car seat.

Children aged 3 or older can sit in the back using an adult belt.

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2017 Offshore Decommissioning Conference St Andrews

The 2017 Offshore Decommissioning Conference St Andrews will take place from Monday 27 November 2017 until Wednesday 29 November 2017.

The Offshore Decommissioning Conference event by Decom North Sea and Oil & Gas UK will be held at the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews.

Starfish Taxis would be delighted to assist with your transportation needs to and from the Fairmont hotel.

Our fixed tariffs;

  • Aberdeen to the DECOM event at Fairmont              £145
  • Edinburgh airport to the DECOM event at Fairmont  £90
  • Leuchars station to the DECOM event at Fairmont   £20
  • Other locations on demand, Please fill out a contact form:
Booking inquiry form
Contact form St.Andrews taxis
Mercedes minibuses up to 8 passengers accommodating comfortably for your needs to and from 2017 Offshore Decommissioning Conference St Andrews
Mercedes minibuses up to 8 passengers accommodating comfortably for your needs to and from 2017 Offshore Decommissioning Conference St Andrews
Local St Andrews taxis and Transfers

Decommissioning presents huge but well-identified safety challenges. By contrast, the health impacts and consequences of release of hazardous materials during execution often fly “under the radar”

Useful links:
The Offshore Decommissioning Conference 2017 agenda has now been released – view the full agenda
The key objective of the conference is to bring a wide spectrum of oil and gas companies into one room; small supply chain companies, contractors and many of the large operators.
Part of the Conference, will focus on the opportunities for the offshore wind sector over the next ten years and beyond.
What will upcoming tenders offer the supply chain (short term)?
What are the trends and opportunities after 2023? While also tackling subtopics such as cost reduction, innovations, subsidy and cooperation with the oil and gas industries.

Climate change,

global trade developments and shifts in the world’s energy mix are but a few factors with significant impact. But where will the effects of climate change be felt most? And what public funds are available to pay for solutions that can protect vulnerable regions?

Digitax F2 Taxi meter Manual

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Digitax F2 taxi meter Manual
Digitax F2 taxi meter user guide

Taximeter F2 Standard F2 RTC

Basic Digitax Operations

The Digitax taximeter has five keys: OP, K1, K2, K3, K4
The taximeter has three working modes: For Hire, Hired and Stopped.

The taximeter’s working modes are selectable by pressing the OP button in the following sequence:


In any of the the above taximeter’s working modes (FOR HIRE, HIRED, STOPPED), the other four keys K1, K2, K3, K4 will exploit a different function, as described below:

For Hire





Taxi in “FOR HIRE”

When the Taxi is parked or it moves without any passengers, the driver selects the For Hire position.

Once the taxi starts the trip, the taxi driver selects the Hired position using the OP key.

K3 – Shows Date and Clock (RTC Only) K4 – Shows Year (RTC Only)

OP – Selects Hired

Taxi in “HIRED”

The “Taxi” roof sign will turn off and the taximeter starts the fare calculation by distance or time.

At the end of the trip, the taxi driver has to select the Stopped position using the OP key.

K1 – Next Tariff (if enabled)
K2 – Insert Extra No.1 (if enabled) K3 – Insert Extra No.2 (if enabled) K4 – Clear Extras

OP – Selects Stopped

Taxi in “STOPPED”
In this postion it may be possible to add

other extras to the fare (if enabled).

The taxi driver then presses OP to return to For Hire.

K1 – Insert Special Extras (if enabled) K2 – Insert Extra No.3 (if enabled)
K3 – Insert Extra No.4 (if enabled)
K4 – Add Extras to Fare

OP – Selects For Hire

Turning the Meter Off

On the 32 Block F2 and F2 RTC meters the meter can be turned off by pressing the K2 and K4 buttons at the same time. The only exception to this is on the 4 Block F2 where the K1 button will turn the meter off.
The meter can be turned on again by pressing the OP button.

Select For Hire position.
Press K1 and K3 together.
The signs “FOR HIRE” and “STOPPED” are lit up.

The big display shows the Day number on the left, and the Month number on on the right.
The small display shows the Time in Hours and Minutes.

Day Month

How to set Time and Date (RTC Version only)

Press K1 to set the Day number.
Press K2 to set the Month number.
Press K3 to set the Hour number (24 hour clock). Press K4 to set the Minute number.

Press OP to set the Year.
Press K1 to increase the Year number. Press K2 to decrease the Year number.

Hour Minutes

Please Note: The ability to set the time and date may have been disabled depending on the setup of the meter.

How to Convert the Local Currency into Euros and Vice Versa

(if enabled)

In Hired and Stopped modes press the K3 key to toggle from the local currency to Euros and vice versa.

Memory Functions

The taximeter records and keeps data in 2 memory blocks, each divided into 7 sections. Block 1 can be read and erased freely, Block 2 can only be read. The memory sections correspond to:

Index 1 – Total Number of Trips
Index 2 – Total Units
Index 3 – Total Miles in Hired/Stopped Index 4 – Total Miles
Index 5 – Hours in Waiting Time
Index 6 – Income by the Fare
Index 7 – Income by the Extras

Memory Data

Memory Block
Memory Index


How to Read the Memory Content

  1. Select the For Hire position.
  2. Press K2 and K1 together
  3. The “FOR HIRE” sign will start blinking and the extras display will show the memoryindex.
  4. K2 increases the index number.
  5. K1 decreases the index number.
  6. K3 toggle between Block 1 and Block 2.
  7. Press OP to end the memory reading and return to For Hire.How to Print the Memory Content(if a printer is attached)
  1. Select the For Hire position.
  2. Press K2 and K1 together
  3. The “FOR HIRE” sign will start blinking and the extras display will show the memoryindex.
  4. Reach the memory index 5 by pressing the K2 key.
  5. Reaching location 5, press the K4 key to print out the content of both Block 1 and Block2. The “FOR HIRE” sign will stop blinking and the printer will start.
  6. Press OP to end the printing procedure and go back to the For Hire position.How to Erase the Memory Content
  1. Select the For Hire position.
  2. Press K2 and K1 together
  3. The “For Hire” sign will start blinking .
  4. Reach the memory index 6 by pressing the K2 button
  5. Press K4. This will erase Block 1’s content and, if a printer is attached, will print outMemory Block 1 and 2.

VIP – Celebrity transfer

VIP transfer

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It will be our incentive to take best best care of all travel and VIP transfer needs.
Basic services such as travel reservations, dinner reservations, housekeeping and dry cleaning services are included in all programs.

Being a VIP affords the luxury of having every conceivable request met through our international connections and resources.

At your disposal:

  • Coordination of special requests while traveling.
    Itinerary planning of all VIP, business and leisure travel.
  • Discrete meet and greet at the Edinburgh, Dundee and Glasgow International Airports.
  • Pick up and luggage handling.
  • Services and Mercedes Vito tourer MPV 24hrs.
  • Reservations and referrals to most Golf Courses.

Where time is crucial the VIP executive is provided with our very best assistance and local knowledge of the St Andrews Areas.
We can further save time by handling all your logistics and travel arrangements.
With all necessary discretion, we can work with your staff to make certain all your requests are met.

  • Leisure and business travel arrangements.
  • Private luxury VIP transfer.
  • Suggestions for the best restaurants and hotels

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THC driving laws UK

THC driving laws UK

For THC driving prosecution does not have to prove that a person’s driving was impaired or a level of intoxication was reached, simply that the drugs were present in the system.

Having more than 2µg of Delta-9-tetrahydrocannibinol, or THC driving, per 100ml of blood is considered a positive test, and is likely to lead to prosecution.
A swab of saliva or sweat at the roadside, and if a positive test gets recorded then the driver will be taken to the police station for an evidential test.
The evidential test will consist of a blood sample being taken for analysis.

  • Minimum penalty for THC driving is a 12-month disqualification from driving.
  • Maximum £5,000 fine and up to six months in prison.
  • More serious charges may also be brought if you were found to have caused an accident, caused injury, or caused damage to property AND tested positive for cannabis.

There is much debate over how much cannabis will put someone in excess of the prescribed limit, as well as how long it will remain in the system for the purpose of saliva testing.
Most groups agree that any intentional use is likely to mean that a person is over the limit for at least a period of 10 hours, in the case of saliva roadside testing.
Heavy users are more likely to be over the limit for a longer period of time.
It is worth noting that, as with alcohol consumption, cannabis is metabolised at different rates in different people, so it is impossible to accurately make any predictions.

Any level of cannabis use is illegal, and the safest option is to avoid its consumption altogether.

There are very few people that have a legitimate, medicinal prescription for cannabis,
If you test positive at the roadside, you should have a medical defence that you can call on in court as long as you can produce a valid prescription.

Cannabis is detectable by saliva testing

Just like blood testing, saliva testing detects the presence of parent drugs and not their inactive metabolites. This results in a shorter window of detection for cannabis by saliva testing. Delta 9 THC is the parent compound.

If saliva samples are tested in a lab:

  • The detection level can be as low as 0.5 ng/mL (up to 72 hours after intake) and if an onsite instant saliva drug test is used, the cut off level is generally 50 ng/mL
    (up to 12 hours after intake).

Eight prescription drugs have been included in the list of drugs to be tested by police, with limits set above typically prescribed levels. As well as these prescription drugs, the list also includes eight illegal narcotics, notably cocaine and cannabis which are known to impair reactions and functions.