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Taxi

The National Transport Authority (NTA) 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.

There are five basic categories of vehicle licence:

  • Taxis
  • Wheelchair accessible taxis
  • Hackneys
  • Wheelchair accessible hackneys
  • Limousines

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. A licensed SPSV may only be operated for hire or reward by an appropriately licensed SPSV driver.


Taximeter Survey 2015

The National Transport Authority carried out this research in response to a recommendation in the Economic Analysis of the Taxi Market (Indecon International Economic Consultants, 2012), which called for:

“initiatives to produce credible market information on the extent of low incomes and low taxi utilisation … to discourage uninformed new entrants to the sector … to ensure that potential entrants have accurate information about potential earnings …”

Three months’ data was downloaded from the taximeters of 85 drivers, operating in the Cork, Dublin and Athlone areas.  Data on over 50,000 different trips was obtained and analysed, accounting for €700,000 in metered revenue.  All taximeters included in this survey related to a vehicle with only one driver associated, thereby capturing the working habits of one driver in each dataset. All data was anonymised.

The data gives a valuable insight into the work habits of these drivers, how they chose to organise their working week, and the level of metered revenue that they earn.

Click here for the full Taximeter Survey 2015 report.


Taxis

  • May be hired at a taxi rank or hailed on the street (stand or ply for hire);
  • May stand at a taxi rank (but only while the vehicle is available for hire);
  • May use with-flow bus lanes when operating as an SPSV;
  • Must use a verified calibrated taximeter and a printer for receipts;
  • Must have a regulation roof sign;
  • Must display the national maximum taxi fare card in the front of the vehicle and the passenger information card in the rear;
  • Unless otherwise agreed with the customer in advance and in writing, must not charge more than the national maximum taxi fare;
  • The driver must remain with the vehicle at all times while standing for hire, plying for hire and during a hire; and
  • The driver must keep a record of all bookings and provide a printed receipt.

Wheelchair Accessible Taxis

In addition to the rules for taxis, wheelchair accessible taxis must:

  • Have specialist equipment including ramps, wheelchair anchorages and suitable seatbelts;
  • Have the accessibility symbol displayed on their roof sign;
  • Accommodate at least one person seated in their wheelchair together with at least one other passengers and accommodate at least four adult passengers without a person in a wheelchair; and
  • Give priority to bookings for people with disabilities.

Hackneys

  • Must be pre-booked (may not be hailed on the street or stand for hire at a taxi rank);
  • Must agree the fare to be charged in advance (the fare is not calculated on a taximeter);
  • Must, from the time of receipt of the notification of the hire to its completion, carry a document in the vehicle showing the details of the booking (name of hirer, starting point and destination, fare agreed);
  • Must provide a written receipt containing specific information on payment of the fare;
  • Are not permitted to use bus lanes; and
  • Are not permitted to display signs or advertisements except as prescribed by the Authority.

Wheelchair Accessible Hackneys

In addition to the above rules for hackneys, wheelchair accessible hackneys must:

  • Have specialist equipment including ramps, wheelchair anchorages and suitable seatbelts;
  • Have the accessibility symbol displayed on the passenger door;
  • Accommodate at least one person seated in their wheelchair together with at least one other passengers and accommodate at least four adult passengers without a person in a wheelchair; and
  • Give priority to bookings for people with disabilities.

Limousines

The rules for hackneys, above, apply to limousines. In addition, limousines must:

  • Be suitable for hire for ceremonial occasions, or for corporate or other prestige purposes.