This month we saw the release of the latest taxi and private hire figures from the Department of Transport.
Painting a picture of the state of the whole industry, some of the figures uncovered were rather interesting.
In the report, it was revealed that the number of private hire and taxi drivers in the UK was on the up, increasing by a pretty sizable 2.5%. While this doesn’t sound like a huge spike, this equates to an extra 7,200 vehicles. This means the total of private hire and taxi drivers on UK roads currently stands at 291,800. According to the report, this is the strongest level of growth since 2015, with the industry attracting more and more drivers of various ages and genders.
Made up mainly of PHVs (76%), this spike is something that the authorities inevitably welcome.
Taxi Point expanded on this:
“The report showed that there were 291,800 licensed taxis and PHVs in England in 2019. Around a quarter (70,600) of these vehicles were taxis. The number of licensed vehicles increased by 2.5% from 2018. This was driven by a 4.4% increase in licensed PHVs from the previous year.”
And, it is not just Central London where more licences are being issued. It is in fact the West Midlands that is driving these numbers forward, seeing the largest PHV increase. This has been influenced by an increase in the issuing of licences in Wolverhampton.
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