Number of mini cabs in London rises by over a quarter in the past two years

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The number of mini cabs in London has risen by over a quarter in the past two years, according to official figures.

While private hire vehicles increased by 26% to 62,800, taxis went up by only 1% to 22,500.

Data from the Department for Transport shows that over the past decade private hire vehicles have increased by 57% while black cabs are up just 8%.

Steve McNamara from the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, claims the rise in mini cabs is 'not good news' for anyone in the capital.

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The downside of this massive expansion is it's having a detrimental effect on London's traffic.

Steve McNamara

Uber issued a statement in response to the figures which claimed their car service is helping people in areas where transport links are not as strong as elsewhere.

The rise in the number of private hire licences really highlights the consumer demand for a convenient, cost effective way to get about town.

Uber statement

Steve McNamara believes one explanation for the rise in mini cabs is that firms such as Uber are recruiting drivers with 'unachievable' income potentials.

The reason there has been such a massive expansion in private hire vehicles is because certain apps are selling a lifestyle expectation that simply cannot be achieved. They are selling an income potential to drivers that is unachievable.

Steve McNamara