The report shows that between 2021 and 2022, the total number of licensed vehicles increased slightly, while the number of licensed drivers continued to fall.
As at 31 March 2022:
Over four-fifths of authorities required taxi drivers (89% or 248 out of 278) and PHVdrivers (89% or 251 out of 281) to complete child sexual abuse (CSA) or child sexual exploitation (CSE) training. These proportions have increased from 70% and 71% (for taxi and PHV drivers respectively) in 2018. Just under 60% of licensing authorities require both CSA and CSE training and county lines training.
As at 31 March 2022, 67% of authorities submitted data to NR3, and 69% used NR3when making licensing decisions. These both represented a large increase from 31 March 2021, when the equivalent figures were 48% and 50%.
All authorities required an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) security check for taxi and PHV
The majority of authorities also required barred lists checks for taxi drivers (97%, 270 out of 278) and PHVdrivers (97%, 273 out of 281). The proportions of authorities requiring enhanced DBS and barred list checks has grown from 79% (for both taxi and PHV drivers) in 2017.
This statistical release presents information on taxis and private hire vehicles (PHVs) in England as at 31 March 2021. This includes PHV operators and drivers who use app-based technology. However, the report is not able to disaggregate which drivers are using these apps in the figures presented. The release also includes new, experimental statistics on the fuel type and age of taxis and PHVs.
Figures are updated every year through surveying each licensing authority (a unitary or lower tier authority) in England and Wales.