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Taxi transport


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Key figures

52,8 %

of all kilometers are driven with passenger in the car

Taxi transport
20152016Change in per cent
2015 - 2016
Transport acivity
Turnover (NOK million)8 1428 1480.1
Total length driven (1000 km)524 486516 890-1.4
Length driven with passengers (1000 km)277 598272 782-1.7
Proportion driven with passenger in the car (per cent)52.952.8-0.2
Price per kilometer with passenger (NOK/km)29.3329.871.8

About the statistics

The statistics show annual figures for the taxi industry. The figures include turnover, total kilometres, kilometres with passengers on-board and price per kilometre.


Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Licensed taxi : Each and every taxi with a permit to engage in taxi operation.

Turnover : The sum of revenue received from rendering transport services by taxi to customers excluding VAT.

Electronic turnover: The sum of revenue received from rendering transport services by taxi to customers excluding VAT via debet cards or credit cards.

Cash turnover: The sum of revenue received from rendering transport services by taxi to customers excluding VAT via cash payment.

Total length driven in kilometers : Total length driven annually in kilometers, with and without a passenger.

Passenger kilometers : Total length driven annually in kilometers with a passenger on board.

Standard classifications

The applicable standard industrial classification is SN 2007, the Norwegian equivalent which builds on the EU industrial classification NACE Rev. 2.

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Taxi transport
Topic: Transport and tourism

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Responsible division

Transport, tourism and ICT statistics

Regional level


Frequency and timeliness

Frequency: Annual. Timeliness: Published by the end of the second quarter of the following year.

International reporting

Not relevant.


Data are stored as text files.


Background and purpose

The objective of the statistics is to produce an updated quarterly statistics covering the transport activity of the industry which can be of use both to the public sector and the taxi industry itself.

The statistics is based on data already collected by the Norwegian Tax Administration beginning in 2014. The Norwegian Tax Administration annually collects information from about 8500 enterprises with a taxi license. This information is used to controle that the enterprises follow the tax regulations. Statistics Norway in 2015 ended its own data Collection and resorted to reusing tax information for statistical purposes.

Users and applications

The major user of this statistics is the industry itself, public authorities and industry organisations.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 08 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given inthe Statistics Release Calendar.

Coherence with other statistics

Statistics Norway publishes Turnover Index for transport and tourism as well as Structural business statistics for land transport.

Legal authority

Statistics Norway recieves data from the Norwegian Tax Administration according to the Statistics Act §§2-1, 2-2, 3-2.

EEA reference

Not relevant.



The statistics covers nearly the whole taxi population as represented by sub class 49.320 in the standard industrial classification SN 2007. The statistical unit is a licensed taxi in operation during the year.

Data sources and sampling

Total count based on the Norwegian Tax Administration's questionnaire RF-1301.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

The data derived from the Norwegian Tax Administration's total count is aggregated to county level.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant.


The use of data collected from respondents comply with the Statistics Act.

Comparability over time and space

The statistics goes back to 2014 and the calculation method remains unchanged. This statistics replaces previous quarterly statistics based on data Statistics Norway itself collected from taxi dispatchers during the period 2007-2015. The variables turnover, total length driven in kilometers and passenger kilometers are comparable to similar variables in the previous quarterly statistics.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Errors in data collection may arrise due to misunderstandind in variabel definitions and/or measurment errors in working up the data in the case where the taxi meter does not cover all the variables of interest. The response rate of the survey is close to 100 percent. Unit and partial non-response are insignificant because of the Norwegian Tax Administration's use of the Tax Administration Act.


Simple logical tests of the data.