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.

There are five basic categories of vehicle licence:

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

Use the taxi fare estimator tool to estimate your taxi fare. All figures are approximate and depend on traffic congestion.

Taxi Driver Check

Ireland’s TFI Driver Check App is a service provided by Transport for Ireland. It allows users to check that the vehicle they are about to hire has been registered correctly and that the driver has the appropriate license to operate the vehicle.  If the information appears incorrect, it is possible to submit a report.

Users can check these details, including a photo of the driver, and can forward this information to a friend (minus the photo). This is to provide reassurance to the user that they are travelling safely and that there is a record of their trip.

All of Ireland’s taxis, hackneys, limousines and all SPSV (Small Public Service Vehicles) drivers are covered by this app. This includes rural locations as well as cities such as Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, and Waterford.

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Please be advised that the National Transport Authority (NTA) are responsible for licencing the vehicles being driven, and An Garda Síochána are responsible for issuing the individual’s driver licence.

Read more about the Taxi Driver Check App.