Taxi Driver Numbers

MQT on 2019-03-21
Session date: 
March 21, 2019
Question By: 
David Kurten
Brexit Alliance Group
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


What are your projections of new entrants to the taxi trade who have taken the Knowledge of London up to 2022, and how many drivers do you expect to leave the trade up to 2022?


Answer for Taxi Driver Numbers
Taxi Driver Numbers

Taxi Driver Numbers

Answered By: 
The Mayor

It is not possible to predict with any certainty how many taxi or private hire drivers Transport for London (TfL) will license during the coming years.

As I made clear in my Taxi and Private Hire Action Plan, I am committed to raising the profile of The Knowledge of London. TfL’s Knowledge team attended a number of events, including a range of careers fairs and school career events, in order to promote the Knowledge as a career option.  You may have seen that the team recently attended a TfL careers army event for candidates who have left or are in the process of leaving the armed forces, where the Knowledge received a lot of positive attention.

TfL has also finalised a brochure entitled How to Become a London Taxi Driver.  The brochure includes specific case studies of a variety of Knowledge students from different backgrounds who have successfully gone through the Knowledge of London process.  It also explains the benefits of becoming a London taxi driver and provides information on why our taxi drivers are considered the best in the world.  This brochure has been made available to view and download on TfL’s website

TfL’s Knowledge team will be handing out the brochure at future careers events, and I encourage anyone else who has an interest in promoting our taxi trade to do the same.

It is important that everyone within the taxi trade plays their part in helping to promote the benefits of being a London taxi driver to those looking for a new career. TfL is keen to work with the trade to help promote any ongoing or future initiatives.