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SPSV Vehicle Licensing Overview

The National Transport Authority is responsible for the licensing and regulation of small public service vehicles (SPSVs) in Ireland. This refers collectively to taxis, wheelchair accessible taxis, hackneys, wheelchair accessible hackneys and limousines.

SPSVs are defined as vehicles capable of carrying for hire or reward a maximum of eight passengers in addition to the driver.

In order to operate a vehicle as an SPSV in Ireland you must first be licensed by the National Transport Authority and meet the varying licensing conditions specific to the category of SPSV for which you are applying.

This section will guide you through the various categories of SPSV licence, vehicle standards and associated licensing conditions.

A licensed SPSV may only be operated for hire or reward by an appropriately licensed SPSV driver. For further information on driver licensing please check the driver licensing section of the website.

For details of changes being introduced in January 2013 see the SPSV Industry Update Issue 21 – December 2012.