Number of Mini Cab Drivers Risen by Over a Quarter
25 August 2015 | Admin
The number of mini cabs in London has risen by over a quarter in the past two years, according to official figures.
While private hire vehicles increased by 26% to 62,800, taxis went up by only 1% to 22,500. Data from the Department for Transport shows that over the past decade private hire vehicles have increased by 57% while black cabs are up just 8%. Steve McNamara from the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, claims the rise in mini cabs is 'not good news' for anyone in the capital.
"The rise in the number of private hire licences really highlights the consumer demand for a convenient, cost effective way to get about town. Uber operates all over London and is seeing growth in areas that are traditionally under-served by taxi and public transport options. Uber partner-drivers make up less than 20% of the private hire market."
– UBER STATEMENT
Our numbers go up when the economy is booming and when it's not our numbers go down. At the moment the economy is bobbing along."
– STEVE MCNAMARA