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A carseat in the cab?

We like to think we're seasoned travelers.  Now with two kids in tow, we have the whole thing down to a science.  The girls know when we hit the front of the security line, they need to take off jackets, empty pockets, take off shoes.  We aren't as quick as we like, but we still manage to do ok, considering....

We typically travel with the carseats (complete with its own carseat carrier bag where we can stuff our bulky coats and jackets to check-in during winter travels) unless we're sure we're staying in the city where we can take public transit or foot to all our favorite destinations.  We had our first daughter in nyc, and we practiced the common knowledge: "taxi cabs and buses are exempt from car seat laws."  I wish I could link to something that affirmed our belief.  For all I know, this could have been city urban myth.  Still, I believe other parent friends shared our belief.

Several years, another kid, and a coupla cities later, we still believe that taxi cabs are exempt from the car seat laws.  When we travel, if we expect to never set foot in a car aside from a cab to & fro the airport, we forgo packing the carseat.  And, that is travelling light.

Last weekend, we traveled to Philadelphia without carseats.  We arrived at midnight and were denied by the first two cabs who pulled up to us.  Cabbies would look at the girls and just drive past.  I was pretty darn shocked.  When we asked the attendant at the cabbie stand, she said, "Oh no.  You NEED car seats for the babies."  But.....  what about all that stuff how taxis are exempt?  The attendant said she'd call us a cab with car seats, but it could take 20 minutes.  A moment later, another cabbie drove up and said he'd take us downtown.  It was about 30 degrees and 12 midnight.  We hopped in and held onto each other.

So, what ARE the rules?  Of course we know that breast is best and carseats are also best.  When we travelled in Asia, where carseats are used only by royalty, our 4-month old sat happily on my lap.

And, oh, on a related topic - here are some tips on traveling with the tots from a previous post ....

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Olivia, how I wish I knew you when we went to NYC last year! It was our first time there with our son (then 5 months) and I researched like mad about the car seat rules and what other mamas there did--it totally stressed me out. Everything I read stated that by law cabs are not exempt from the carseat rule, but most of my friends with kids just took the subway all the time or held their kids in their laps in cabs. Still, they all said to bring our carseat anyway, so we did. We got a cab right away at the airport and I remember asking our cab driver about the rules. He told us he only took families with babies who were carrying their own carseats (of course he could have been lying-who knows), but he knew most cabbies took families without their own carseats. Of course the rest of the time we walked or took the subway, but that was our experience and what we understood the law to be. Next year we're traveling to a couple countries in Europe with Ethan so I'm not so sure how that's going to go...

When my oldest son was 2months old, we took a trip up to seattle by train. when we tried to catch a cab to the hotel, the cab looked at us like we were silly to try to find the seat belts in the back that had been pushed down into the seat. they just expect patrons to just jump in and go, baby or not. i dont even think they expect patrons without babies to use seatbelts. How ironic is that, because they are usually the worst drivers!

I just found on the nyc.gov site that cabs and for hire vehicles are exempt from the laws regardng car seats and safety belts. Here's the link:

http://home2.nyc.gov/html/tlc/html/passenger/faq_pass.shtml#9

• What are the rules regarding child safety seats and seatbelts in taxicabs?


Drivers of yellow medallion taxicabs and for-hire vehicles and their passengers, are exempt from laws regarding car seats and seatbelts. Keep in mind, the TLC encourages everyone in the vehicle to buckle their seatbelts while riding in a cab. There are no Taxi and Limousine Commission rules regarding this, as it is a State exemption. Passengers with children are encouraged to bring their own car seats, which the drivers must allow passengers to install.
*NOTE - Children under the age of seven are permitted to sit on an adult's lap.


The cost of taxi is generally high for the airport because many airports add additional surcharges. The cost of taxi is also high because the passengers which are coming or going from the airport have luggage.

because of luggage taxicabs charge extra money.

taxi cabs should not charge extra money.they are doing it wrong.

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