Taxi numbers decline

MQT on 2004-03-31
Session date: 
March 31, 2004
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Is it correct that the net amount of `all London" (`green badge) taxi drivers has gone down for the last three quarters for which figures are available? Why is this happening when taxis are needed to meet demand as London"s population continues to grow?



Answer for Taxi numbers decline

Answer for Taxi numbers decline

Answered By: 
The Mayor

In 2003, 453 new `All London" taxi drivers were licensed. There was a net decrease of 36 for the whole year. The actual number of licensed `All London" drivers at the end of each quarter of 2003 was:1st Qtr 21,8012nd Qtr 21,7773rd Qtr 21,7444th Qtr 21,765 Whilst the total number fell during the first three quarters of 2003, there was an increase in the fourth quarter. During the same period the number of licensed suburban (yellow badge) taxi drivers saw a net increase of 205, a year on year growth of over 6%.As a whole the number of licensed taxi drivers grew by 0.4% in 2003.During this time the number of licensed taxis increased by 0.2%. As at 31 December 2003 there were 20,924 licensed taxis.The Public Carriage Office continues to license all those who are considered fit to be licensed as a taxi driver in the capital. The opportunity to become a licensed taxi driver is open to all members of the community that meet the required standards. Whilst stringent, the standards required of applicants have not changed and it is those standards that help to maintain the quality and reputation of London's taxi industry. .