Edinburgh Taxi Unmet Demand Survey 2017

Closed 1 Oct 2017

Opened 5 Sep 2017


The Council acts as a Licensing Authority for the purpose of licensing taxis within the City of Edinburgh. In line with the powers contained in the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982, the Council has adopted a policy of limiting the number of taxi licences issued where there is no evidence of significant unmet demand. The Council last formally reviewed this position in 2013. At present there are 1316 licences for taxis within the city.

The Council is required to keep this position under regular review.

The Council commissioned consultants to review the provision of taxis within the city, and specifically to identify whether there is any ‘significant unmet demand’ for taxis.

A comprehensive survey of demand for taxis was conducted between March 2017 and June 2017 (download below).

Why We Are Consulting

The outcome of the survey was report to the City Of Edinburgh Council Regulatory Committee on 21 August 2017.

It is acknowledged that the policy of restricting the number of taxi licences within the city attracts considerable debate and the committee therefore invites comments from interested parties on:

(i) the survey and its conclusions; and

(ii) views on whether the Council should maintain the taxi limitation policy;


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