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Hailing a Cab in the UK - A Look at the Statistics

Have you ever struggled to hail a taxi? It can be an incredibly frustrating experience and particularly if you are in a rush and need to quickly get to your destination. There are a few factors to consider when you are hiring a cab and your success will largely depend on where you are in the country and the reputation of the taxi firm.

The Statistics
In England and Wales, there are around 231,000 cabs with 78,000 of these being public hire and the other 153,000 being private hire. For those that require wheelchair accessibility, it is important to note that you are much more likely to succeed with a public hire cab, as 58% of these have wheelchair access whilst just 2% of private cabs provide this. Shockingly, this equates to one wheelchair accessible vehicle for every 995 people.

The Cities
In some cities, you may find that hailing or booking a taxi is a relatively simple and straightforward task. However, there are many cities around the UK that are notoriously difficult to catch a cab when you need one and this comes down to the amount of people per taxi and private vehicle.

The Best and Worst Places
One area that you will not struggle is London, as the capital has an impressive 107 people per taxi and you never have to wait too long as the journeys are often short. Generally, the major cities have a good ratio with Manchester, Newcastle and Liverpool are just behind London. However, Swansea has the worst ratio with 439 per vehicle and York, Ipswich and Southampton just behind.

London, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Coventry are also the best places for those that require wheelchair access to catch a cab with Liverpool leading the way at 304 per person. At the other end of the spectrum, Darlington has an enormous 11694 per person, with Oldham marginally improved at 11294.

Using a Reputable Firm
As you can see from the figures, there are certain places that are much better for catching cabs than others. No matter where you are, the best way to succeed is to find the most reputable firm in the area and try to book as far in advance as possible. If you are in one of the harder places to hail a cab, you may find that this soon changes as private hire vehicles are on the rise and companies like Cab Direct provide affordable cabs.

Hiring a taxi can be a stressful process and particularly if you require wheelchair access. Armed with this information, you should be able to use it to your advantage and get where you need to go without having to wait too long.

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