Parent taxis 'do 200 miles a week'

"Parent taxis" driving their children to activities outside school are clocking up more than 200 miles per week on average, a survey has claimed.

This extra mileage could boost the family fuel bill by around £1,800 per year at current prices, adding to motoring costs such as car insurance and breakdown cover.

More than 2,000 parents around the UK were polled by TescoCars.com, which found around 3% of youngsters required lifts amounting to more than 200 miles of special journeys each week, equal to nearly one third of a London taxi driver's weekly mileage.

The average London taxi driver covers around 135 miles per day over a five day week, said the Licensed Taxi Driver Association (LTDA).

Parents make three trips a week on average, covering 50.02 miles to transport their children to events such as sport activities and parties, said the survey.

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