The data reveals that as of March 31st 2011, there were 78,000 licensed taxis operating, which is a 3% increase on the figure recorded in 2009.
The data also reveals that the number of private hire licenses increased by 3% to 155,100 during the same timeframe.
The Department of Transport noted that the number of taxis has grown steadily over the past few decades, “with a faster rate of increase following the 1985 Transport Act which amended the circumstances in which a local authority could control taxi licences.”
61% of licensed taxis had wheelchair access and 31% of the overall total operated in London.
This is good news for the industry, although it is still tough on drivers with the increased cost of fuel, increased price results for a taxi insurance quote and high costs of maintaining the vehicle.
The government also revealed that road traffic as a whole was 3.6% higher in the last quater of 2011 compared with the same time in 2010.