The Taxi Regulation Act 2013 was signed into law in October last. While the provisions of the Act have yet to come into operation, the NTA has prepared draft regulations that consolidate and replace over fifty years of legislation relating to the SPSV industry, in addition to some new regulations. Some of the new regulations relate to:
- Prescribed items on roof signs;
- The non-charging of fees for payment by credit/debit cards except in the case of an account agreement;
- Licence restrictions on holders of “Stamp 2” visas
- No advertising on vehicles from 2015;
- Smaller size wheelchair accessible vehicles (one passenger + occupied wheelchair); and
- Twelve month licensing for limousines first registered before 1 January 1980.
The above list is not exhaustive and you are advised to read the draft regulations for the full list of changes. A public consultation in relation to these proposals has commenced. A copy of the draft regulations is available on our website at www.nationaltransport.ie
Written submissions or representations in relation to the proposed regulations may be made:
By email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or
By post to:
Draft Small Public Service Vehicle Regulations,
National Transport Authority,
All submissions must include the name and address of the person making the submission and where relevant the name of the body or organisation represented. The Authority may publish copies of any submissions received. Closing date for all submissions is Friday 31st January at 5pm.