In London alone 59% of the 9,500 lost taxis were attributed to the capital.
Within those stats, and worryingly for those with mobility requirements, the number of licensed Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) taxis dropped by 19% from 38,900 to 31,700 in just one year.
The licensed taxi industry wasn’t the only sector hit hard. There was a similar decrease experienced in the private hire industry too.
In March 2020 298,600 Private Hire Vehicles (PHV) were licensed with local licensing authorities across England. Fast forward a year and that figure has spiralled by 47,500 to 251,100. That figure represents a drop of 16% across England.
Just 4,700 of the 251,100 PHV are WAVs.
In June, the Chairman of the Licensed Private Hire Car Association (LPHCA) warned that a ‘catastrophic shortage of drivers’ risks the sustainability of the taxi and private hire industry.
Steve Wright, Chairman of the LPHCA, warned of the potential problems last summer when he contacted the Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps.
Steve Wright said in the latest issue of Private Hire News: “Sadly, our prediction of the possibility of a catastrophic shortage of drivers is becoming a reality and the LPHCA will continue to make ministers aware of the difficulties”.
“Last July we wrote to Rt. Hon. Grant Shapps MP Secretary of State for Transport to draw his attention to potential serious problems and the risks to the sustainability of the taxi and private hire industry.”
More news in our July 2021 Edition here.
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