Data has revealed on average 9,000 London taxis are working in the capital’s city centre each month.
Transport for London (TfL) monitors the number of taxis seen in the Congestion Charge zone during operational hours by matching daily Congestion Charge camera captures against the live database of licensed taxis on each day of travel.
February 2019 saw the number of drivers working in the city centre peak to 12,566 during the daytime hours. Just 8,403 worked the centre during the summer school holiday period of August 2019.
The average number of taxis seen in the zone during charging hours between Monday 1 July and Friday 29 November 2019 is shown in the table below.
There are 22,625 taxi drivers licensed in London, of which 19,896 hold the All London (Green Badge) licence. 2,729 hold Suburban (Yellow Badge) licences.
All London taxi drivers can ply for hire and pick up from the street in the Congestion Charge area. Suburban drivers can only drop off passengers in the central London charging zone.
There are currently 19,287 black taxi vehicles available to cabbies of which 3,055 are zero emission capable taxis.
The data was requested by Florence Eshalomi, Labour’s London Assembly Member, and provided by the London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan.
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