Taxis drove a total of 502 million kilometres in 2017. This represents a decrease of 2.8 per cent from last year and 5.7 per cent compared to 2014.
In 2017, almost one third or 159 million of the kilometres in the taxi industry were driven in the neighbouring counties of Akershus and Oslo, according to Taxi transport. Oslo made up 112 million and Akershus 47. Hordaland was between these two counties with 62 million kilometres. The lowest volume of taxi kilometres was found in Sogn and Fjordane, Finnmark and Aust-Agder with 4, 6 and 8 million respectively.
Largest decline in Rogaland
The decline in kilometres driven in the taxi industry nationally conceals stronger regional variations. Rogaland, Oslo and Vest-Agder showed the largest reductions in mileage compared to 2014. These three counties had a decline of 16, 14 and 12 per cent respectively. On the other hand, Buskerud, Troms and Finnmark had an increase in mileage of 11, 9 and 8 per cent respectively.
There were significant regional differences for kilometres driven with a passenger. In 2017, Hedmark and Finnmark had the largest proportion of driving with a passenger, with both achieving a utilisation rate of 70 per cent. Conversely, Rogaland had a utilisation rate of 45 per cent. The proportion of kilometres driven with a passenger in Akershus, Vest-Agder and Oslo was also at the lower end, with 47 per cent.
Stable proportion empty driving
In 2017, 53.0 per cent of all kilometres at the national level were driven with a passenger. This represents an increase of 0.4 per cent from the previous year. In the period 2014-2017, the proportion of kilometres with a passenger dropped 0.2 per cent. Some counties had larger changes in utilisation rates. Hordaland and Nord-Trøndelag stood out. In Hordaland, the proportion of mileage with a passenger decreased by 8 per cent, while in Nord-Trøndelag the proportion increased by 9 per cent. In seven counties, the utilisation rate changed less than one per cent from 2014 to 2017.
One tenth of turnover paid in cash
In 2017, 12 per cent of the turnover in Norway as a whole was paid in cash. This figure was down 14 per cent from the previous year and 29 per cent compared to 2014. In most counties, one tenth of turnover was paid in cash. Hedmark, Sør-Trøndelag and Oppland had the lowest proportion of cash payments, with 8 per cent. In Vestfold, Troms and Buskerud, the proportion of cash payments was highest with 15, 16 and 19 per cent respectively.
Source: SSB / Norway Today