Rise In London’s Mini Cab Numbers Causes Congestion And Stiff Competition
The total number of new minicabs in London increased by 56% over the last two years, claims a private company for hiring cars Addison Lee.
Their research shows that the rise in mini cab numbers also saw an increase in journey times by 10% in 2016. The main reason behind this is the emergence of Uber.
Thanks to the popular app, the number of private hire cars has risen to over 20,000over the last three years.
It is estimated that there are 90,000 registered mini cabs in London at the moment, and the figure is expected to grow to 128,000 by the end of 2018.
Andy Boland, chief executive of the Addison Lee, claims that drivers are complaining about the congestion. “Passengers are protesting, too. The research proves that traffic jams are getting worse.”
Although there are pressures to impose caps on minicab Finsbury Park numbers due to both pollution and congestion, a minister at the Department for Transport Andrew Jones stated that the government refuses to do so.
According to their data, low petrol prices, delivery vans, and growing economy are what causes these issues.
Uber opposes a restriction on the amount of mini cab vehicles operating in London.
A spokesman claims: “A couple of millions of cars drive in London every day, but only 4,000 are registered with Uber at a single moment.
More than 40% of our trips are conducted in hybrid cars, to reduce pollution”.
A new car-sharing service called UberPoolwas launched in London in November. The app is expected to reduce congestion by allowing peopletravelingto the same part of the cityto share a ride.