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Taxi and private hire vehicle statistics

Statistics and data about the number of licensed taxis and private hire vehicles in England and Wales.

Latest taxi and private hire vehicle statistics

Taxi and private hire vehicle statistics provide information on the number of licensed taxis and private hire vehicles in England and Wales, including the number designed to be accessible for disabled people. Statistics relating to the use of taxis are available from the National Travel Survey.

Guidance on current and previous taxi and private hire vehicle statistics are available.

  1. Taxi and private hire vehicle statistics, England: 2018

Taxi and private hire vehicle statistics: data tables

Data is from the department’s survey of licensing authorities in England and Wales, which takes place annually.

  1. Taxis, private hire vehicles and their drivers (TAXI)

About the taxi and private hire vehicles data and reports

National and regional level statistics published are National Statistics. Taxi statistics were assessed by the UK Statistics Authority and confirmed as National Statistics in February 2013.

Figures for individual licensing authorities are less robust and therefore are outside the scope of National Statistics.

Taxis (or ‘hackney carriages’) are available for immediate hire and can be hailed in the street (known as ‘plying for hire’). Taxis can also accept pre-bookings. Private Hire Vehicles (PHVs) (sometimes known as ‘minicabs’) must be pre-booked and cannot use taxi ranks. It is illegal for PHVs to ply for hire.

These statistics are collected through a survey of the 316 licensing authorities in England and Wales (lower tier local authorities, and Transport for London). If a figure is not provided, a response to previous surveys is carried forward. In a few cases, authorities report that figures are estimated, or relate to time points other than 31 March. However, these factors are unlikely to have a significant impact on the national and regional level figures.

Published 6 August 2013
Last updated 7 September 2017 + show all updates
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