There are approximately 1,000 small operators and 2,000 standard
operators currently licensed in London by TfL. Many of the small operators
are one-person chauffeur businesses in which the same person is the
operator and the driver, but some are booking agents that sub-contract the
service provision to other licensed operators. The majority of operators have
only one operating centre, but some 330 have multiple centres.
Approximately 300 operating centres are licensed in night clubs, hotels,
bars, restaurants and other ‘3rd party’ venues to serve the late night
market. The role of private hire services in meeting late night travel
needs, along with some issues around the operation of late night booking
centres, are discussed more fully below.
The private hire trade has expanded since the introduction of licensing.
About 43,000 drivers were issued with temporary permits at the start
of licensing in 2001. Up to 35,000 vehicles were registered for the
exemption from the Congestion Charge in 2003, although not all of these
were presented for licensing: about 33,000 were licensed in the ﬁrst year
of licensing, to mid-April 2005.
There are now some 50,000 licensed PHVs and up to 60,000 working licensed drivers.
One factor in this growth was a broadening of the deﬁnition of private hire
vehicles covered by the legislation. Since April 2008, ﬁrms that provide
vehicles and drivers on contract to an organisation or a discrete market,
rather than direct ‘to the public’, fall within the legislation and these
vehicles, operators and drivers are now licensed.
The private hire trade is diverse, with many different types of vehicles and
some specialised operations. Although there are overlaps between the
different types of hire service, the two main sectors are:
• Minicab services, comprising approximately 60% of drivers and
vehicles. High street ofﬁces provide services throughout London, mostly
direct to individuals, although most ﬁrms will offer account services
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