Information about the number and type of licence issued will be updated regularly. The following figures cover the week ending Sunday 8 December 2019:
Taxi and private hire licensing figures by year:
These documents contain a breakdown of partial home postcode data for taxi and private hire drivers licensed in London and a heat map of hotspot areas outside of London where the private hire drivers live. This data is accurate as of June 2017.
This document contains a breakdown of the taxi and private hire driver demographic, including data on the gender, age and ethnicity of licensees, and of Knowledge students who have yet to be licensed. This data is accurate as of October 2018.
The following list provides details of the age and vehicle types that make up the licensed taxi private hire vehicle fleet in London. To comply with air quality standards, taxis can be licensed for a maximum of 15 years, and private hire vehicle for 10. However, limited exemptions apply which means that certain vehicles such as those that are wheelchair accessible, can be licensed for an additional period. Please visit our vehicle licensing page to find out more about our licensing requirements.
Help avoid delays with your DBS and save money, by signing up to the DBS update service. You can sign up from the date you receive your application reference number to 19 days after your disclosure has been issued.
The DBS update service is an online subscription service that lets you keep your DBS certificates up to date and allows employers to check a certificate online, with your consent. It also means that you don't have to make a separate application for an Enhanced Disclosure as part of your application to renew your licence. Maintaining your yearly subscription to the service costs £13 a year, which is cheaper than applying for a new disclosure every three years. The DBS Update Service will save you time, as further applications and ID checks will only be requested when an update has been made to your disclosure.
You can register online as soon as you have your application form reference number. You can ask for the number when you apply for your DBS check. Or you can wait and register with your certificate number when you receive your DBS certificate. If so, you must do so within 19 days of the certificate being issued.
When you join, you'll get an online account that lets you:
Read the detailed guidance for applicants.
Important information about DBS update service
Claims for loss of earnings due to DBS delays
For loss of earnings due to DBS delays, please email your claim.
All income we receive from licence fees must, by law, be spent on the delivery of taxi and private hire licensing and compliance activities, including:
Approximately 70% of licence income comes from the private hire trade.
Find out more about how we spend our licence fees:
Taxi and private hire financial summary 2010/11 to 2014/15
Taxi and private hire financial summary 2014-2015
Taxi and private hire financial summary 2015-2016
Taxi and private hire financial summary 2016-2017
Taxi and private hire financial summary 2017-2018
Currently, if an applicant meets the statutory eligibility criteria, we are legally obliged to issue a licence. It is clear that more must be done to tackle congestion and air quality impacts, especially in central London where PHVs now outnumber taxis during the day.
The Mayor has called on the government to provide further legislative powers for us, so it can cap the total number of PHVs in London. In addition, we have altered the structure of licence fees paid by operators of different sizes to better reflect the costs of compliance and enforcement activity. This will provide further financial incentive for operators to maximise the efficiency of their operations and minimise the number of vehicles they use across London as a whole.
The Mayor has also secured a commitment to progress separate legislation to enable us to regulate pedicabs, which will help us to alleviate the congestion they cause in central London, particularly in the evening.
It has been suggested that there is a limit on the number of taxi drivers in London, which is incorrect. Previously, we suspended applications for suburban (yellow badge) drivers in three of the nine suburban taxi areas in London because we were conducting a review of suburban taxi services for the suburban action plan 2015. This was at the request of the taxi trade itself. During this period, applicants still had the option to apply for any of the other six suburban sectors as well as the All London knowledge. Now the review is complete we are accepting applications for these three sectors again.
716 driver applications are awaiting initial assessment. Of those applications, 448 are new (17 taxi and 431 private hire) and 268 are renewal applications (70 taxi, 181 private hire and +17 priority). Renewal applications are prioritised over new applications.
14,740 calls were attempted to the Taxi & Private Hire team last week. On average, calls were answered within 8 minutes, 58 seconds with an average call lasting for 6 minutes, 52 seconds.
The number of candidates studying the Knowledge of London is currently 927 at Stage 3, 313 at Stage 4 and 179 at Stage 5. In addition, as of July 2019, there were 2,582 candidates that had not yet reached Stage 3 (this figure may include inactive candidates).
Information about first time pass rates is updated regularly. The following information covers the period from 15 September 2019 to 12 October 2019: