It will have a yellow 'Taxi' light on top, it will display a 'Hackney Carriage' licence on the back and inside the driver's licence should be displayed as well as a fare chart. Also if you get it from the taxi rank at the station only legal taxis are allowed.
To be honest it would be difficult to find an illegal taxi by accident.
Thank you for your response. I feel better prepared now to select a safe taxi.
Only "black cabs" can pick up on the street or at railway stations. They are usually the 'iconic' London taxi design, though a few other shapes such as the "metro cab" and converted Mercedes Sprinter van are also legal.
If a vehicle looks like an ordinary saloon car (or people carrier), and you didn't pre-book it to come and collect you, then it isn't a legal taxi.
To further help - at all major stations there will be a taxi rank where all the legal taxis wait.
> Only "black cabs" can pick up on the street or at railway stations <
Mini-cabs can also pick up at these places if they have been pre-booked.
<<How does one know if the taxi they select at Victoria Station is a legal black taxi?.>
If you select one from the taxi rank where the queue is its 100% it will be a legal one.
I haven't heard of any illegal black cabs as they are quite tightly controlled. . Rule of thumb is that if someone approaches you and asks if you want a taxi (and you haven't ordered one) they are more likely to be illegal.
You'll know it's legal by the very high fare :-}
<<Only "black cabs" can pick up on the street or at railway stations. >>
And just so you know... the "black cabs" aren't always just black in color. Many are different colors with advertising on them. So don't let that put you off. They can still be legal and pink or orange or red and advertising vodaphone or British Airways. : )
if you are out and about and flag down a cab,same rules apply.