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It remains a legal obligation to have every taximeter calibrated (programmed) and verified (sealed) by the Legal Metrology Service to the current National Maximum Taxi Fares Order 2015 when operating. The initial sanction for a failure in this regard is as follows:

• Failure to comply with the Regulations in relation to the calibration of taximeters – €250
• Failure to comply with the Regulations in relation to the fitting and operation of a taximeter – €60

The introduction of a change to the National Maximum Taxi Fare is strictly governed by primary legislation. It involves a lengthy statutory and technical process to be completed by the NTA, taximeter software developers/installers, the Legal Metrology Service of the NSAI and SPSV operators. The review of the National Maximum Taxi Fare, including the Taxi Cost index has been concluded and the report and fact sheet published on our website. The Taxi Cost Index shows that the costs of operating a taxi has increased by approximately 3% since the 2014 Review.

At the meeting of the Advisory Committee on SPSVs, 29 June, a recommendation was made that a fares increase of approximately 3% be put to the Board of the NTA for consideration as Regulator. The next step in the process, as set out in legislation, is to conduct a full Public Consultation. This will be open for a 6 week period and submissions will be reviewed in the weeks following. Following this, the recommendation can be taken to the Board of the NTA for its consideration. The earliest any fare change may come into effect is February 2018.

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The objectives of the National Maximum Taxi Fare Review are to:

• Estimate the average activity level of taxis in a year based on survey data, research results and Central Statistics Office (CSO) data;
• Update each element of the Taxi Cost Index (TCI), including the “fixed cost” of an average taxi, the running costs of an average taxi based on the activity levels determined and labour costs; and
• Determine whether maximum fares should increase, decrease or remain at current levels.

Please follow these links to read the 2017 National Maximum Taxi Fare Review Report and the 2017 National Maximum Taxi Fare Review Fact Sheet

Any fare change approved by the Board of the NTA is anticipated to go live in February 2018.

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The application period for the 2017 Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) Grant Scheme, which opened on Monday 03 April, to continue to encourage wider availability of wheelchair accessible vehicles in Ireland’s SPSV fleet, has now closed. Over 360 grant offers were made and all funding is now exhausted.

If you have already received a Provisional Grant Offer Letter, two things must be accomplished by the date stated in it to receive funding:

1. Ensure that your vehicle successfully passes its suitability inspection test; and
2. Ensure the proposed driver has successfully completed the free Disability Awareness Training course provided by the Authority or an acceptable equivalent.

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