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.
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.