Yorkshire’s cabbies are working longer hours

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Taxi drivers in Yorkshire are working longer than they were three years ago, according to new research.

Cabbies across the county, on average, are travelling 24,236 miles a year and are taking 104 fares each week.

The survey of over 1,000 public and private hire drivers across the UK, including Uber, was commissioned by the UK’s largest taxi insurance broker insureTAXI.

The statistics show that drivers are picking up 74 more fares since similar research was carried out in 2013.

Nearly a fifth (17 per cent) of respondents in Yorkshire said they have increased their working hours over the last three years, with over half (58 per cent) citing increased competition as the reason for clocking up more time on the road.

Meanwhile two-thirds of drivers in Yorkshire said they’re working longer hours to make ends meet at home.

In an average week, taxi drivers in the county are now working 39 hours and earning £306.

On top of this, the research revealed they can expect an average tip of 71p for each fare.

Considering the number of fares drivers take on average a week, this means they could earn around £73.84 in tips.

But while the research paints a largely positive picture of taxi drivers’ earning potential, there are a number of costs that they regularly incur with most in the county spending roughly £99 a week on fuel, £103 a month on general maintenance and £1,894 a year on insurance.

“Speaking to over a thousand taxi drivers has given us a real insight into the demands and challenges faced,” explained Tim Crighton of insureTAXI.

“Drivers are working longer hours in order to combat the increase in competition and changes in consumers’ lifestyles.

“What’s more, the associated costs of being a taxi driver is a real concern to some – especially when they feel that there isn’t as much business available as there was a few years ago.”