This insane stat shows how Uber is taking over London
Johnson said: "We need to let competition rip. However, the profusion of minicabs means that of the cars entering the congestion zone now, 1 in 10 are minicabs because of Uber. Two years ago it was about 1 in 100."The congestion zone is the area of central London that drivers must pay to enter, an initiative meant to reduce traffic. Cars are monitored using a system of cameras, meaning its easy for the Mayor's office to track what type of vehicles are entering the city centre.Advertisement
Johnson added: "The number of minicabs on the streets has gone up from about 40,000 or 50,000 when I was elected to more than 80,000. That tells you that's going to cause congestion."
Official stats from regulator Transport for London and elsewhere show:
- There are 88,950 licensed private hire drivers in London right now, up from 59,000 in 2009/10.
- Uber says it now has 20,000 drivers registered on its platform, the company told Business Insider. That is a phenomenal level of growth - zero to 20,000 in three years.
- There are only about 22,500 black "Hackney" cabs in London, and that number has risen from only 22,168 in 2013.
- Uber's CEO Travis Kalanick said last year he hopes to have 42,000 registered drivers in London by March 2016.
- Transport for London forecast the number of minicab drivers will rise to 128,000 over the next two years.
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