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Decreasing taxi mileage

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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.

Figure 1. Total length driven (1 000 km). 2017

Fylke Kjørelengde (1000 km)
Sogn og Fjordane 4284
Finnmark - Finnmárku 6170
Aust-Agder 7818
Nord-Trøndelag 8997
Telemark 12894
Møre og Romsdal 15333
Oppland 15588
Hedmark 15908
Nordland 16398
Vestfold 16710
Troms - Romsa 17331
Vest-Agder 18609
Østfold 19520
Buskerud 23272
Sør-Trøndelag 38456
Rogaland 43592
Akershus 47173
Hordaland 61891
Oslo 112276

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.

Figure 2. Change in per cent of total length driven. 2014-2017

ØSTFOLD -6.7
AKERSHUS -8.3
OSLO -13.9
HEDMARK -9.1
OPPLAND 5.9
BUSKERUD 11.1
VESTFOLD -4.0
TELEMARK -5.9
AUST-AGDER -0.9
VEST-AGDER -12.0
ROGALAND -16.3
HORDALAND -2.2
SOGN OG FJORDANE 5.1
MØRE OG ROMSDAL 0.3
SØR-TRØNDELAG 7.8
NORD-TRØNDELAG -1.0
NORDLAND 4.8
TROMS - ROMSA 9.2
FINNMARK - FINNMÁRKU 8.3
Figure 2. Change in per cent of total length driven. 2014-2017
ØSTFOLD -6.7
AKERSHUS -8.3
OSLO -13.9
HEDMARK -9.1
OPPLAND 5.9
BUSKERUD 11.1
VESTFOLD -4.0
TELEMARK -5.9
AUST-AGDER -0.9
VEST-AGDER -12.0
ROGALAND -16.3
HORDALAND -2.2
SOGN OG FJORDANE 5.1
MØRE OG ROMSDAL 0.3
SØR-TRØNDELAG 7.8
NORD-TRØNDELAG -1.0
NORDLAND 4.8
TROMS - ROMSA 9.2
FINNMARK - FINNMÁRKU 8.3

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.

Figure 3. Proportion driven with passenger in the car. 2017

ØSTFOLD 57.8
AKERSHUS 46.5
OSLO 47.1
HEDMARK 69.9
OPPLAND 62.3
BUSKERUD 53.2
VESTFOLD 53.5
TELEMARK 58.5
AUST-AGDER 63.7
VEST-AGDER 46.5
ROGALAND 45.0
HORDALAND 55.0
SOGN OG FJORDANE 62.7
MØRE OG ROMSDAL 48.8
SØR-TRØNDELAG 56.2
NORD-TRØNDELAG 57.7
NORDLAND 65.5
TROMS - ROMSA 64.8
FINNMARK - FINNMÁRKU 70.2
Figure 3. Proportion driven with passenger in the car. 2017
ØSTFOLD 57.8
AKERSHUS 46.5
OSLO 47.1
HEDMARK 69.9
OPPLAND 62.3
BUSKERUD 53.2
VESTFOLD 53.5
TELEMARK 58.5
AUST-AGDER 63.7
VEST-AGDER 46.5
ROGALAND 45.0
HORDALAND 55.0
SOGN OG FJORDANE 62.7
MØRE OG ROMSDAL 48.8
SØR-TRØNDELAG 56.2
NORD-TRØNDELAG 57.7
NORDLAND 65.5
TROMS - ROMSA 64.8
FINNMARK - FINNMÁRKU 70.2

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.

Figure 4. Change in per cent of proportion driven with passenger in the car. 2014-2017

ØSTFOLD 0.7
AKERSHUS -0.2
OSLO 0
HEDMARK 1.9
OPPLAND -0.3
BUSKERUD -2.7
VESTFOLD -1.8
TELEMARK -0.7
AUST-AGDER 5.1
VEST-AGDER 3.1
ROGALAND -0.2
HORDALAND -7.7
SOGN OG FJORDANE 2
MØRE OG ROMSDAL -3.4
SØR-TRØNDELAG -2.3
NORD-TRØNDELAG 9.1
NORDLAND 2.7
TROMS - ROMSA 0.3
FINNMARK - FINNMÁRKU -2.1
Figure 4. Change in per cent of proportion driven with passenger in the car. 2014-2017
ØSTFOLD 0.7
AKERSHUS -0.2
OSLO 0
HEDMARK 1.9
OPPLAND -0.3
BUSKERUD -2.7
VESTFOLD -1.8
TELEMARK -0.7
AUST-AGDER 5.1
VEST-AGDER 3.1
ROGALAND -0.2
HORDALAND -7.7
SOGN OG FJORDANE 2
MØRE OG ROMSDAL -3.4
SØR-TRØNDELAG -2.3
NORD-TRØNDELAG 9.1
NORDLAND 2.7
TROMS - ROMSA 0.3
FINNMARK - FINNMÁRKU -2.1

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.

Figure 5. Proportion cash turnover. 2017

ØSTFOLD 12
AKERSHUS 9
OSLO 13
HEDMARK 8
OPPLAND 8
BUSKERUD 19
VESTFOLD 15
TELEMARK 14
AUST-AGDER 14
VEST-AGDER 12
ROGALAND 11
HORDALAND 10
SOGN OG FJORDANE 9
MØRE OG ROMSDAL 10
SØR-TRØNDELAG 8
NORD-TRØNDELAG 9
NORDLAND 11
TROMS - ROMSA 16
FINNMARK - FINNMÁRKU 10
Figure 5. Proportion cash turnover. 2017
ØSTFOLD 12
AKERSHUS 9
OSLO 13
HEDMARK 8
OPPLAND 8
BUSKERUD 19
VESTFOLD 15
TELEMARK 14
AUST-AGDER 14
VEST-AGDER 12
ROGALAND 11
HORDALAND 10
SOGN OG FJORDANE 9
MØRE OG ROMSDAL 10
SØR-TRØNDELAG 8
NORD-TRØNDELAG 9
NORDLAND 11
TROMS - ROMSA 16
FINNMARK - FINNMÁRKU 10

Taxi statistics retrieved from Tax Administration data

The Norwegian Tax Administration collects data annually about the approximately 6 000 companies which are given a total of about 8 000 taxi licences. The reported data are cash sales, electronic sales, mileage and mileage with passengers. The Norwegian Tax Administration uses this information to verify that the enterprises adhere to tax rules. Statistics Norway reuses the information to publish statistics.

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