THE NUMBER of mini cabs in London has risen by over a quarter in the past two years, according to official figures.
But while private hire vehicles (PHVs) increased by 26% to 62,800, taxis went up by only 1% to 22,500.
Data from the Department for Transport (DfT) shows that over the past decade PHVs have increased by 57% while black cabs are up just 8%.
Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, claimed the rise in mini cabs was "not good news" for anyone in the capital.
"The downside of this massive expansion is it's having a detrimental effect on London's traffic," he said.
"They are clogging up the streets. Buses are not moving.
"The vast majority of people use public transport and this rise is having a massive detrimental effect on traffic.
"People could get...