Mr Steven Mercer
Our Ref: F2016.06.2412
Date: 22 September 2016
Dear Mr Mercer,
Your Freedom of Information request F2016.06.2412
We have looked into your request for information concerning the numbers of taxi
and private hire licensees between the years 2010-2015 and also the current
numbers of licensees.
As you have not stated on which specific date you wished the snapshot to be
based on and, as the figures for 2010-2012 were not recorded in a retrievable
format, I am afraid that some of the data you have requested is not held.
However I have provided below a list of what data is available between 2010-
August 2012 and from then on snapshot figures from August 2012, to date the
19th September 2016, are available for all five licence types. All are attached at
“Response to Question 1.xlsx”
For question 2 and in respect of “new” applicants in progress again as of today
the 19th September 2016
Private Hire Drivers
Private Hire Operators
Private Hire Vehicles
There is of course no guarantee that all of those applicants will complete and
obtain licences but with that proviso the figures are correct as of today.
In respect of your last request for a percentage change in the numbers of
licensees since the change from a Knowledge Test to a Driver Essential Skills
test I cannot provide such a figure as that information is not retrievable. The
reason for this is that we do not record why someone applies.
Whilst it is obvious that since the Deregulation Act 2015 changes took effect the
numbers of licensees have grown overall it is impossible for the Council to state
if it is the operators taking up licences here as part of a set of operations on
Merseyside or the type of Knowledge test (or a mixture of both) which has led to
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the increase in particular in Private Hire Driver applicants, which increase is
shown clearly in the attached Response to Question1.xls
It is also clearly the case that that the new vehicle test frequency [< 8 years old
1 test per year, >8 years old 2 tests per year] has affected the number of private
hire vehicle applicants as it more closely matches the frequencies of tests within
the Liverpool and Sefton neighbouring area.
If you need further information please see contact details below.
Freedom of Information