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Is breastfeeding allowed in back of minicab?

james willmott-brown

Active Member
It was Yesterday morning,
I was sent to pick up a woman and her baby up from Heathrow.
They had just come over from Africa,

I fixed the child seat in.
And left the mom to put her child in it.

Anyway I loaded up the car they got in the back.
As I was putting the stroller in the trunk,
I noticed that the woman was holding the baby in her arms.
I said to her-
“Madam it is not acceptable for you to hold your child in the car as the law in this Country states you have to put your child in the seat for safety!”
To my surprise she replied, (in an African accent.)
“What are you on about my son needs feeding!”
And then I realised you know what.

I thought I’d saw it all.
(But as you all know I’m a real gent so i kept my eyes forward.)

She wasn’t covered up to well and I’m sure she leaked a bit on my seat which she wipe up.
Has this happened to anyone here?
She told me that her son has had his fill and they’re ready to go.
By the time she’d put him in his seat and we exited the car park (which went to £12 by the way.) she said she wasn’t going to pay as I was discriminating against her breastfeeding her son.
To cut a long story shorter I did get paid.
My question is are we allowed to drive while women pax breastfeed?
And what would you do?
 
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Cabbie2B

Well-Known Member
It was Yesterday morning,
I was sent to pick up a woman and her baby up from Heathrow.
They had just come over from Africa,

I fixed the child seat in.
And left the mom to put her child in it.

Anyway I loaded up the car they got in the back.
As I was putting the stroller in the trunk,
I noticed that the woman was holding the baby in her arms.
I said to her-
“Madam it is not acceptable for you to hold your child in the car as the law in this Country states you have to put your child in the seat for safety!”
To my surprise she replied, (in an African accent.)
“What are you on about my son needs feeding!”
And then I realised you know what.

I thought I’d saw it all.
(But as you all know I’m a real gent so i kept my eyes forward.)

She wasn’t covered up to well and I’m sure she leaked a bit on my seat which she wipe up.
Has this happened to anyone here?
She told me that her son has had his fill and they’re ready to go.
By the time she’d put him in his seat and we exited the car park (which went to £12 by the way.) she said she wasn’t going to pay as I was discriminating against her breastfeeding her son.
To cut a long story shorter I did get paid.
My question is are we allowed to drive while women pax breastfeed?
And what would you do?
First about 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
https://www.gov.uk/child-car-seats-the-rules/when-a-child-can-travel-without-a-car-seat


But child to be breastfed while driven in ph vehicle:
https://consultations.tfl.gov.uk/taxis/improving-phv-safety/user_uploads/improving-safety-in-phvs-draft-iia-3.pdf
 

Amb

Active Member
It was Yesterday morning,
I was sent to pick up a woman and her baby up from Heathrow.
They had just come over from Africa,

I fixed the child seat in.
And left the mom to put her child in it.

Anyway I loaded up the car they got in the back.
As I was putting the stroller in the trunk,
I noticed that the woman was holding the baby in her arms.
I said to her-
“Madam it is not acceptable for you to hold your child in the car as the law in this Country states you have to put your child in the seat for safety!”
To my surprise she replied, (in an African accent.)
“What are you on about my son needs feeding!”
And then I realised you know what.

I thought I’d saw it all.
(But as you all know I’m a real gent so i kept my eyes forward.)

She wasn’t covered up to well and I’m sure she leaked a bit on my seat which she wipe up.
Has this happened to anyone here?
She told me that her son has had his fill and they’re ready to go.
By the time she’d put him in his seat and we exited the car park (which went to £12 by the way.) she said she wasn’t going to pay as I was discriminating against her breastfeeding her son.
To cut a long story shorter I did get paid.
My question is are we allowed to drive while women pax breastfeed?
And what would you do?
I don't see the need to emphasise her accent but I expect the conversation with her Mom friends would be as follows:
Mom1: " Do you know what the driver I had said earlier?"
Mom2: " Do tell.."
Mom1: " Tried to lecture me when to feed my baby"
Mom3: " Tsk...whattt?
Mom1: " Yeah...the nerve!"
Mom2: " Did the SatNav tell him to to say that?"
Mom1: " Told him to stick to what he's paid to do."
Mom3: " I stopped using them long time ago"

So maybe next time wait for the mother to feed the baby before you set off.
Rant over.
 

Jason01

Well-Known Member
I don't see the need to emphasise her accent but I expect the conversation with her Mom friends would be as follows:
Mom1: " Do you know what the driver I had said earlier?"
Mom2: " Do tell.."
Mom1: " Tried to lecture me when to feed my baby"
Mom3: " Tsk...whattt?
Mom1: " Yeah...the nerve!"
Mom2: " Did the SatNav tell him to to say that?"
Mom1: " Told him to stick to what he's paid to do."
Mom3: " I stopped using them long time ago"

So maybe next time wait for the mother to feed the baby before you set off.
Rant over.
Or just a small maybe.

She could've feed the baby before ordering an Uber instead of making the driver wait.

Most mums know the approximate time the baby will need feeding, so just a hassle for the driver.
 

Dilk

Well-Known Member
It was Yesterday morning,
I was sent to pick up a woman and her baby up from Heathrow.
They had just come over from Africa,

I fixed the child seat in.
And left the mom to put her child in it.

Anyway I loaded up the car they got in the back.
As I was putting the stroller in the trunk,
I noticed that the woman was holding the baby in her arms.
I said to her-
“Madam it is not acceptable for you to hold your child in the car as the law in this Country states you have to put your child in the seat for safety!”
To my surprise she replied, (in an African accent.)
“What are you on about my son needs feeding!”
And then I realised you know what.

I thought I’d saw it all.
(But as you all know I’m a real gent so i kept my eyes forward.)

She wasn’t covered up to well and I’m sure she leaked a bit on my seat which she wipe up.
Has this happened to anyone here?
She told me that her son has had his fill and they’re ready to go.
By the time she’d put him in his seat and we exited the car park (which went to £12 by the way.) she said she wasn’t going to pay as I was discriminating against her breastfeeding her son.
To cut a long story shorter I did get paid.
My question is are we allowed to drive while women pax breastfeed?
And what would you do?
Paid - i.e. you got fed also?
 

Zabihjan

Member
Of course they can, You can't stop it
When you can't stop lesbian and gay kissing, what is wrong with breastfeeding
 
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