There are not many things as quintessentially British as the black cab.
However, the cost to use them can vary depending on where you are in the UK, according to a new report.
While many might expect London to have the highest priced taxi fares in the country, four other cities have higher average black cab costs than the nation’s capital.
London is the priciest place to hail a cab: The index has revealed that the capital ISN’T the most expensive city to use a taxi
Surprisingly, the city topping the table is Coventry. Ironically, it is also the location in which the current electric black cab is manufactured.
London Taxi Company first started building black cabs in Holyhead Road in Coventry in 1919, but then went into administration in 2012.
Production of the famous black cabs restarted in the city in 2013 and LTC has now opened a new £300million factory to make 5,000 electric black cabs a year in the UK.
The West Midlands area with a population of more than 300,000 costs an average of £3.11 to cover a mile in a black cab.
That’s 12p per mile more than UK capital, according to the research.
Regtransfers.co.uk has created an index of the 25 most populated UK cities and identified which have the highest average cost per mile, with Coventry coming out on top
Called the UK Taxi Price Index, the report uses local authority data to work out the average charges for one, two, three, four and five-mile journeys in the 25 most-populated cities.
The index, set up by private number plate specialist Regtransfers.co.uk, then calculates the average cost per mile, ranking the cities from most to least expensive.
Ironically, the London Taxi Company is based in the West Midlands city that topped the leaderboard with the most expensive taxi journeys on average per mile
Electric taxis are being incentivised as replacements for the old diesel versions to help London and other cities battle high air pollution levels
Placed just behind it in the league table of most expensive cities to hail a taxi is Leeds, with an average cost per mile of £3.06, followed by the university cities of Oxford (£3.04 per mile) and Cambridge (£3.03 per mile) – all of which are pricier than London.
At the opposite end of the spectrum, Liverpool was identified as the city with the lost taxi fee per mile travelled.
Shockingly, it’s almost £1 less expensive per mile to travel in a taxi you’ve hailed from the roadside than one you’ve waved your hand for in Coventry, the report said.
Also at the cheaper end of the scale is Edinburgh, Brighton, Kingston and Swansea, the index claims.
TAXI CHARGES: THE AVERAGE COST PER MILE IN UK CITIES
1. Coventry – £3.11
2. Leeds – £3.06
3. Oxford – £3.04
4. Cambridge – £3.03
5. London – £2.99
6. Bristol – £2.90
7. Southampton – £2.89
8. Birmingham – £2.82
9. Manchester – £2.81
10. Stoke-on-Trent – £2.72
11. Cardiff – £2.71
12. Glasgow – £2.69
=13. Newcastle – £2.66
=13. Plymouth – £2.66
15. Sheffield – £2.65
16. Nottingham – £2.61
17. Leicester – £2.60
=18. Bradford – £2.53
=18. Sunderland – £2.53
=20. Belfast – £2.45
=20. Swansea – £2.45
=20. Kingston – £2.45
23. Brighton – £2.28
24. Edinburgh – £2.22
25. Liverpool – £2.15
The London Taxi Company opened its new facility in Ansty, a village in Warwickshire approximately 5 miles northeast of Coventry
The facility is set to produce 5,000 electric black cabs a year
Regtransfers said it hopes the report will ‘shine a spotlight on the cost of a cab in the UK’.
It said: ‘The research found that in some cities in the UK, people are paying almost 45 per cent more for their taxi journey compared to elsewhere in the country. That’s a big disparity in cab fares.
‘With reports of Hackney carriage fares on the rise up and down the country, you might expect that the capital would come with predictably pricey fares, but London is the fifth most expensive city to hail a cab, with an average cost per mile of £2.99.’
You can see an interactive map showing each of the 25 cities and the average cost per mile and minimum fare on the Regtransfers site.
The total number of licensed taxi and private hire vehicles and licensed drivers in England reached record levels last year.
Total licensed vehicle numbers increased by 16 per cent to 281,000 since 2015, the highest number since comparable records were first collected in 2005.
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