Are there sufficient minicabs?

Meeting: 
MQT on 2005-12-14
Session date: 
December 14, 2005
Reference: 
2005/2324
Question By: 
Geoff Pope
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor

Question

Now that up to 5,000 London pubs, bars and clubs are serving alcohol for longer under the Government's new licensing laws and given that 10,000 minicab drivers have left the industry since 2001, is there now a danger that there will be insufficient licensed minicabs in the early hours, and that the demand will be met by illegal touts?

Answer

Answer for Are there sufficient minicabs?

Answer for Are there sufficient minicabs?

Answered By: 
The Mayor

There is no evidence to suggest that the change to licensing laws will lead to an increased demand for illegal touts. By allowing local authorities to vary the opening hours of pubs, clubs and bars, it may be that this will help to avoid particular peaks in demand and so enable the licensed private hire industry to more easily meet the requirements of passengers. Levels of employment within the private hire trade remain stableThere has always been a high level of turnover of drivers but applications from new, first time drivers match the fall-off rate of existing drivers.Since the start of private hire driver licensing in April 2003, TfL has licensed over 24,000 private hire drivers. Over 12,000 drivers are in possession of a temporary permit and TfL plans to complete the licensing of drivers by the middle of 2006. All 37,000 private hire vehicles in London have been licensed since April 2005 and can be identified by the distinctive yellow disc displayed in the front and rear windscreens.