FAQ Taxi with car seats

The most common Questions we get and Answers

Nice, France

Q:Do you need a car seat in a taxi in France?

A:Legally, you do not. 

France is one of the European countries that have well-developed car seat regulations. The laws require children under ten years old traveling in vehicles to be strapped to appropriate car seats in the back of the vehicle.

However, the law clearly exempts taxis, chauffeur-driven vehicles, and other vehicles used for public transportation.

Thus, when traveling in a taxi in France, you will not be in trouble with the law if a child that's with you is not restrained by a car seat. However, keep in mind that car seats make road travel safe for your kids.

Q:Do you need a car seat in a taxi in Nice?

A:Legally, you don't.

The car seat regulations in France apply all over the country, including Nice. The laws make car seats compulsory for children under ten years of age traveling in private vehicles. Taxis and other types of public transportation are exempted.

So, when vacationing in Nice and using taxis to move between its many tourist spots, you are not legally required to strap your kids in car seats or booster seats.

Q:Do taxis in Europe have car seats?

A:This is dependent on the European country.

Most European countries have car seat regulations. However, in many of these countries, the regulations do not apply to taxis. As a result, there are three distinct situations in Europe regarding car seats.

  • In some European cities, taxis come with car seats because the laws also apply to taxis. Examples include the Turkish towns of Antalya and Bodrum.

  • In some European cities, taxis are not legally required to have car seats, but knowing the importance of these safety car seats, some come with it. Examples include many cities in the UK and France (including Nice).

  • In some European countries, you'll be hard-pressed to find taxis with car seats because the laws apply to only private vehicles.

Where finding a taxi with children's safety seats is difficult, a special taxi service like Taxi Bambino is the solution you need.

Q:Can you put a baby car seat in a taxi?

A:Yes, you can.

Nice is one of those European cities where most taxi operators appreciate the usefulness of car seats. So, though the laws do not make car seats compulsory for taxis, you can install them in the cab if you come with yours.

Know that you'll be able to install your car seat at the rear of the taxi. This is because the laws applying to private vehicles do not allow car seats to be installed in the front seat of vehicles. The only exceptions include:

  • The car lacks rear seats

  • The rear seats are not equipped with seat belts for installing the car seats

  • The rear seats are occupied by children in car seats. 

Alicante, Spain

Q:Do taxis in Spain have car seats?

A:Some taxis do.

In Spain, the car seat regulations applying to taxis are somewhat unique.

Spain has regulations requiring that children under the height of 135 cm use car seats when traveling as passengers in vehicles. It is a severe offense not to. However, when it comes to taxi rides, whether the regulations apply depends on where you use the taxis. For inner-city taxi journeys, you are exempted (the rules do not apply). But for taxi road trips, the regulations apply, and you must use car seats.

However, there are no official sanctions if children travel in taxis without using car seats. For this reason, many taxis do not have car seats. But knowing that the law requires car seats for taxi road trips and that some parents request the safety seats, some taxis in Spain come with car seats.

 

Q:Can you put a baby car seat in a taxi?

A:Yes, you can.

Spain regulations require car seats in taxis used for road trips (taxis on the highways). For this reason, some taxis in Alicante come with a car seat in their trunks which they quickly fix for passengers who require it. Taxis that do not have a safety seat will allow you to fix one (if you travel with your own).

If you’d rather travel light (without your car seat), you can still make taxi rides in Alicante safe for your kids. Booking with TaxiBambino guarantees getting taxis with car seats for your trip anywhere in town. 

Q:How do you travel with a baby in a taxi?

A:If the taxi is for inner-city journeys, you are not legally required to put your baby in a car seat. You'll be able to carry babies on your lap, while older babies can ride in the rear seat of the taxi using the vehicle's seat belt. 

However, if the taxi ride will include taking any highway, you are legally required to secure the baby in a car seat. Your baby has to be in the taxi's rear seat in an appropriate car seat. The only exceptions are:

  • If the taxi does not have rear seats

  • If the rear seats do not have elements for installing a car seat

  • If children’s car seats are already on all the rear seats

How much is a private taxi from Alicante airport to Benidorm?

This depends on whether the ride is by day or night and whether the taxi will wait for you.

Alicante is one of those European cities with different rates for taxi rides during the day (07:00 - 21:00) and at night (21:00 - 07:00). The rates are:

  • Base fare (includes the first 2km: €4.00

  • Price per km: €1.06 (in the day), €1.22 (at night)

  • Airport surcharge: €4.25

  • Taxi waiting (for an hour): €20 

Benidorm is about 60km northeast of Alicante Airport. Thus, the 44 minutes drive will cost you about €70 during the day and about €79.00 at night. If the taxi will have to wait for you for up to an hour, the fare increases by €20.00.

Ibiza, Spain

Q:Do taxis in Spain have car seats?

A:Some taxis do.

Spanish car seat regulations do not require taxis for inner-city rides to have car seats for children passengers. But the laws require them for taxis that'll take highways. However, there are no official sanctions for taxis that default.

As a result, many taxis in Spain, including Ibiza, do not come with car seats. However, a few do, but they are hard to come by. The best way to get a taxi with a car seat is to book a taxi beforehand and request a car seat. Interestingly, with a service like Taxi Bambino, you are guaranteed a taxi with car seats for your rides on all Ibiza roads.

 

Q:Do you need a car seat in a taxi?

A:The law in Spain requires that you use car seats for your children if your taxi rides include fast highways. But when your taxi ride is on roads within Ibiza, you are not legally required to use car seats.

However, the safety of your children (and not compliance with laws) should be the overarching reason for using car seats. Considering that accidents on inner-city roads could be as tragic as those on fast highways, you'll need a car seat in taxis everywhere you go. 

 

Q:Are there taxis in Ibiza?

A:Yes, there are.

There are taxis on the Spanish Island of Ibiza. Whether you are in Ibiza Town or the smaller towns on the Island, you'll find taxis for moving around. In fact, not only are there taxis in Ibiza, taxi rides are among the most popular ways of getting around on the Island.

Apart from the regular taxis, some popular ride-sharing services also operate on the Island. For example, you can reserve a taxi ride with Uber in Ibiza.

 

Q:How do I get a taxi in Ibiza?

A:While taxis are the most popular option for moving around in Ibiza, getting a taxi on the Island can be challenging.

This is because, unlike in most European cities, you cannot hail a taxi on the street. Even when a taxi has the green light on top showing that it is empty and ready to take passengers, it will not pull over when you hail it on the street.

The ways you can quickly get a taxi in Ibiza are:

  • Walk to a taxi rank. Taxi ranks are all over the Island. You'll find them outside the airport, bus stations, major hotels, beaches, and most tourist spots.

  • Call a radio taxi company. If you call a radio taxi company, a taxi will come and pick you up, no matter where you are in Ibiza and no matter the time.

  • Book via Taxi Bambino. If you want a taxi with a car seat so that the ride around Ibiza is safe for your little ones, Taxi Bambino is the service to use.

Valencia and Seville, Spain

A:Do taxis in Spain have child seats?

A few taxis have car seats.

In Spain, it is a serious offense not to put children (under 12 years or less than 135 cm) in car seats when traveling with you in vehicles.

However, this law does not apply to taxis, except if their route includes fast highways. Worse still, taxis that use highways are generally not sanctioned if they do not use car seats for children passengers.

Thus, many taxis in Valencia, Seville, and other Spanish cities do not have car seats. Only a few taxis come with car seats. 

 

Q:Can you put a baby car seat in a taxi?

A:Yes, you can.

Though the car seat laws are not strongly enforced when it comes to taxis and other forms of public transportation, they are when it comes to private cars.

Generally, taxi operators and passengers appreciate the usefulness of car seats. For this reason, a few taxis come with car seats that they readily fix for passengers who need them, while those that do not have car seats will allow you to fix your own if you come with it.

 

Q:How do you travel with a baby in a taxi?

A:Because of how the car seat laws apply in Spain, how you travel with your baby depends on the roads your taxi takes. 

Taxis on inner-city roads are not required to have car seats for children, so you'll be okay with the law if you carry your baby on your lap. However, taxis on fast highways must have car seats for children, so you'll need to strap your baby to an infant car seat when on any major highway in Valencia or Seville.

When you have your baby's safety in mind, you'll always use car seats. The car seats should be installed on the rear seat of the vehicle. 

Mexico city

Q:Do taxis in Mexico have car seats?

A:No, they do not.

Mexico has not caught up with its European counterparts in terms of car seat regulations. There are no car seat regulations in the United Mexican States.

With no obligation to carry child passengers in car seats, and with people not concerned about these safety seats as they do in some other parts of the world, taxis in Mexico do not come with car seats.

You'll be hard-pressed to find child passengers in private vehicles strapped to safety car seats, even more so in taxis. 

Q:Can you put a baby car seat in a taxi?

A:Yes, you can.

While Mexico is not known for enacting or enforcing car seat regulations, it doesn't mean that you cannot use these children's safety seats in the country.

If you come to Mexico city with your car seat, taxi drivers will allow (and even help) you to install it in the vehicle. 

 

Q:How do you travel with a baby in a taxi?

A:In Mexico, there are no laws making car seats compulsory. The authorities allow you to carry your baby however you choose.

You can carry your baby on your lap or secure them using the taxi's seat belt. However, neither of these options is safe for children in the event of a collision. 

So though the law does not require it, when traveling with your baby in a taxi, let the child be strapped in a car seat on the vehicle's rear seat. 

 

Q:Can you rent a car seat in Mexico?

A:Yes, you can.

Mexico does not have mandatory car seat regulations, but there is an incredible car seat rental market because of the growing appreciation for these safety seats.

You'll be able to rent car seats in Mexico City and other popular tourist cities in the country, such as Cancun, Riviera Maya, Playa del Carmen, Puerto Vallarta, etc.

However, car seat availability is not guaranteed. You may get to a rental office and not find an appropriate car seat available.

So, planning to rent a car seat when in Mexico does not guarantee safely riding with your child. Instead, what guarantees safe taxi rides with your kids is a service like Taxi Bambino that'll direct you to taxis with car seats anywhere in Mexico.

 

Merida, Mexico

Q:Do you need a car seat in a taxi in Mexico?

A:Legally, you don't.

When in Merida, or any other Mexican city, the laws do not require you to use a car seat for child passengers in your company. It doesn't matter that it is your private vehicle, a rental, or a taxi. You won't be in trouble with the law if you do not put your child in a safety car seat.

However, concern for the safety of your kids will require you to use car seats. It's no longer news that car seats better keep children safe when there's a crash.

 

Q:Does a baby have to be in a car seat in a taxi?

A:Legally, they don't.

The country has no laws making car seats compulsory for children passengers in vehicles. So, if compliance with regulations is what drives you, your baby does not have to be in a car seat when riding with you in a taxi.

However, compliance with laws should never be the factor that drives you to use car seats. Instead, the driving factor should be the safety of your kid. If that's the case, your baby needs to be in a car seat for every taxi ride.

 

Q:How do you travel with a baby in a taxi?

A:Mexico has no laws making car seats mandatory. This means that the authorities allow parents to travel with their babies however they choose.

So, you may choose to travel with your babies in a taxi by carrying them on your lap. You may also choose to use the adult seat belt of the cab to secure older children. However, these options will not be good for the safety of your babies.

The responsible way of traveling with your baby in a taxi will be to put the baby in an appropriate infant car seat. Visit Taxi Bambino to help you arrange a taxi with a car seat in

Merida, Mexico.

Q:Does a baby need a car seat in Mexico?

A:There are no laws requiring it.

Mexico does not have laws requiring that children be carried in infant car seats or booster seats. So, legally, babies do not need car seats in Mexico.

However, responsible parents know that car seats ensure the safety of their children. Thus, when planning a Mexico family vacation, make arrangements for a safe taxi with car seats via Taxi Bambino

Las Vegas, USA

Q:Do you need a car seat in a taxi in Vegas?

A:Legally, you don't.

Nevada has laws requiring child restraints (car seats) for kids under six years old or weighing 60 lbs or less. However, these laws do not apply to means of public transportation such as taxis, school buses, or emergency vehicles. Thus, a car seat is not legally required in a taxi in Las Vegas.

However, knowing that car seats keep children safe in crashes, you'll always strap your kids to these safety seats whenever you take taxi rides in Vegas. 

 

Q:Can you get an Uber with a car seat in Las Vegas?

A:Yes, you can.

Know that the law that makes car seats compulsory in Nevada exempts only public means of transportation. The laws specifically mention taxis as amongst the exempted public means of transportation.

However, it does not specifically mention Uber. Secondly, ride-sharing services (like Uber) are not public means of transportation. So, it would seem that the car seat laws also apply to Uber.

Thankfully, you can book Uber rides in Las Vegas that come with a car seat. This requires you to book the UberX services and select the car seat option.

Keep in mind that booking Uber with a car seat comes with a $10 surcharge, and only one car seat is provided per car.

 

Q:Can kids ride taxis in Vegas?

A:Yes, in Las Vegas, kids can ride as passengers in taxis.

While Las Vegas has laws that make car seats compulsory when traveling with kids, these laws do not apply to taxi rides.

So, taxi operators will not argue with you if you choose to ride with your kids without using car seats. However, this is a dangerous practice. Though the law does not require it, they should be securely strapped in car seats when riding in taxis.

 

Q:Can you put a baby car seat in a taxi?

A:Yes, you can. 

Las Vegas is a city with a very informed population. So, though existing laws do not require car seats in taxis, many passengers require them.

As a result, taxi operators generally have no problem allowing passengers to install car seats in their vehicles. You can come to Las Vegas with your car seat and install it in your taxi before hitting the roads with your kids. 

You can also book a taxi and request a car seat. Wherever you are in Las Vegas, Taxi Bambino will help you arrange a car seat to haul you and your kids around safely.

 

Dallas, USA

Q:Do you need a car seat in a taxi in Dallas? 

A:Legally, you don't.

As it is in virtually all U.S. states, there are car seat laws in Texas. The regulations require all children under eight years old to be in an appropriate child safety seat system when riding as passengers in vehicles. However, the laws do not apply to taxis and other vehicles for hire.

Thus, you are not legally required to use a car seat in a taxi in Texas. However, the safety of your child (and not compliance with laws) should be the overriding factor when it comes to needing a car seat. If that's the case, you'll need a car seat in a taxi in Texas.  

 

Q:Can you put a baby car seat in a taxi?

A:Yes, you can.

The car seat regulations in Texas exempt taxis, but this does not mean that you cannot choose to put your baby in a car seat when riding together in taxis. In fact, that is the responsible thing to do, considering that car seats keep children safe when there is a crash. 

If you request it, Taxi drivers in Texas and other Dallas cities will allow you to install a child safety seat in their vehicle so that your little one can ride safely. Though taxis generally do not have car seats, you can arrange for a taxi to come with a car seat and install it for your little one. Taxi Bambino is the number one service for arranging taxis with car seats.

 

Q:How do you travel with a baby in a taxi?

A:Legally, this is up to you.

Texas has very clear laws regarding using safe car seats when traveling with kids in vehicles. However, the regulations exempt taxis. Thus, how you travel with your baby in a taxi is up to you.

Some people would simply carry the child on their laps. Others would use the adult seat belts in the taxi. However, these are not safe and amount to putting the child's life at risk. The more responsible option will be putting the baby in a rear-facing infant car seat on the rear seat of the taxi.

 

Q:What is the law on child seats in taxis?

A:The law on child car seats exempts taxis, so there is no legal requirement to use car seats when traveling with your child in a taxi. However, the safety of your child requires using a car seat, even in a taxi. 

When using car seats in taxis, it is best to follow the laws as they apply to private vehicles, which are:

  • Children younger than eight years should be carried in safety seats. 

  • Children should ride in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible.

  • You should install the car seat in the rear seat of the vehicles. If installed in the front seat, the airbag should be manually turned off. 

Miami, USA

Q:Do taxis in Miami have car seats?

A:Only a few do.

Florida has car seat laws providing that children under the age of 5 be strapped to appropriate car seats when traveling in vehicles. However, they do not apply to taxis. It is specifically stated that the child restraint requirements do not apply to chauffeur-driven taxis and other vehicles hired and used for the transportation of people for compensation.

Since Floridian laws do not require taxis to carry child passengers in car seats, taxis in Miami generally do not have these children's safety seats. However, a few taxi operators make car seats available for passengers who need them (albeit for a token).

Q:Can I request Uber with a car seat in Miami?

A:Yes, you can.

Florida car seat laws categorically exempt ride-sharing services like Uber. In Miami, passengers are not legally required to put their children in car seats when using Uber rides. However, knowing how important car seats are to the safety of children, Uber provides these children safety seats.

When you order UberX, you'll see a car seat option that allows you to request an Uber ride with a car seat for your little one. However, Uber allows only one car seat per vehicle. So, they are best for families having only one child of car seat age. Also, it'll cost you an extra $10 to request an Uber with a car seat.  

 

Q:Do you need a car seat in a taxi in Florida?

A:Legally, you don't.

The laws of Florida do not require you to strap your child in a safe car seat when taking taxi rides. So, legally, you do not need a car seat in a taxi in Florida.

However, in the event of a crash, a child is best protected if they are strapped in a safety car seat. 

 

Q:Can you put a baby car seat in a taxi?

A:Yes, you can.

In Miami and other cities in Florida, you do not have to strap your baby in a car seat when taking taxi rides. This is because the laws which make car seats compulsory for children under five years old do not apply to taxis.

However, parents whose primary concern is the safety and welfare of their babies insist on using car seats in taxis. So, taxis generally allow passengers to put car seats in the vehicle. Many drivers will even help you install the car seat. However, this usually means coming to Florida with your own car seat. 

If you’d rather travel light, you can use Taxi Bambino to arrange taxis with these safety seats.

 

Austin

Q:Do you need a car seat in a taxi in Texas?

A:Legally, you don't.

In Texas, the law requires any child (younger than eight years old) riding as a passenger in a car to be in an appropriate car seat. The law exempts "vehicles for hire," such as taxi cabs. So, legally, you do not need a car seat in taxis when in Austin or other Texan cities.

However, responsible parents who prioritize the safety of their children will insist on using car seats even if the law does not demand it.

 

Q:Can you put a baby car seat in a taxi?

A:Yes, you can.

Legally, you do not need to use a car seat in the capital city of Texas. But should you choose to, you can easily install a car seat in a taxi.

Taxi drivers generally have no problem with passengers who come with a car seat and choose to install it so that their little ones can ride safely.

However, you don't need to come with your car seat when vacationing in this South Central U.S. state. Simply use Taxi Bambino to order taxis with car seats for rides around Texas.

 

Q:What is the law on child seats in taxis?

A:The child seat laws in Texas exempt taxis.

Texas car seat laws making children's car seats mandatory do not apply to taxis. This means that there's technically no law on child seats in taxis in Texas.

When using a car seat in taxis, it's best to follow the Texan car seat laws applying to private cars.

  • Infants should ride in rear-facing car seats for as long as possible.

  • Toddlers (40 - 65 lbs) should ride forward-facing

  • Children (from about age 4 to 8) should ride in booster seats.

  • The car seats must be installed according to the manufacturers' instructions, which means installing them in the rear of the vehicle. 

Algarve, Portugal

Q:Do taxis in Portugal have baby seats?

A:Only a few taxis.

Portuguese regulations make car seats mandatory for children under 12 years old and 1.5 meters tall. However, these regulations for child car seats do not apply to taxis. Since taxis are not legally required to carry children in car seats, they usually do not have these safety seats.

 

Q:Can you put a baby car seat in a taxi?

A:Yes, you can.

In the Algarve and other parts of Portugal, taxis are not legally required to use car seats. However, taxi operators in this southernmost region of Portugal have no problem carrying passengers who insist on using car seats.

Taxis usually come with safety seat belts in their rear seats. These restraints can be used to install the children's car seats. Taxi operators in the Algarve will allow you to install car seats in their vehicles to make the trip safe for your little ones.

Taxi Bambino can also help you arrange taxi rides with infant car seats or booster seats.

 

Q:Do babies need car seats in Portugal?

A:Legally, it depends on the car rides.

Just like many other European nations, Portugal has car seat regulations. The country requires children under 12 to ride in appropriate car restraints. But there is no requirement to use car seats in taxis. 

Thus, when using a private car in Portugal, you need a car seat for any baby in your company. However, you are not legally required to use car seats when using taxis. While the laws do not demand that you use car seats in taxis, your child's safety should demand it. 

Q:How do you travel with a baby in a taxi?

A:Since there is no legal requirement to use car seats in a taxi, the authorities allow you to choose how to travel with your baby.

You could carry your baby on your lap, and you will not be in trouble with the law. However, this would not be acting responsibly because it puts the baby at significant risk in the event of a crash. 

Thus, though the laws do not make car seats mandatory, the only safe way to travel with a baby in a taxi is to use these child restraints. When using the car seats in a taxi:

  • The car seat should be rear-facing for children under three years old.

  • The car seat should be installed in the vehicle's rear seat, except the vehicle's back seat does not have seat belts for installing the child's restraints.

  • When car seats are installed in the front seat of vehicles, the airbags must be deactivated.