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Important Notice

Owners of Taxis, Hackneys and Limousines can now tax online on the Department of Transport Tourism and Sports Online Motor Tax website, www.motortax.ie . The Department has worked closely with the National Transport Authority in developing an electronic interface that will enable all Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV) licence holders supply the necessary supporting evidence to enable their vehicle(s) be taxed online.

Who can use the Service?

The service is available to all SPSV licence holders who are renewing or taxing a brand new/imported vehicle for the first time (as a Taxi, Hackney or Limousine) in this State. The service is not available online where the tax class has changed after a change of ownership and the vehicle is being taxed by the new owner for the first time i.e. a private vehicle now being taxed by the new owner as a Taxi etc. In that instance, the vehicle must be taxed, similar to now, at your local motor tax office; with all subsequent taxings being available online.

How does the System Operate?

The motor tax renewal reminder notices which vehicle owners receive approximately 2-3 weeks before motor tax is due for renewal, will contain a Personal Identification Number (PIN). In the case of a renewal of motor tax, this PIN will be the last six characters of your Vehicle Registration Certificate (VRC). If you are taxing a brand new or imported vehicle for the first time in the State, the PIN is the last six digits of the vehicles chassis number.

To renew motor tax online, the owner must enter the vehicle’s registration number, the PIN and their SPSV licence number. Once this combination is confirmed, the owner is allowed access to the service. To complete a transaction, the vehicle owner will require their insurance details (insurance company name, expiry date and policy number) and their credit/debit card details. Once the payment process is complete the customer is informed that the tax disc will be issued through the post and this is posted directly from the Departments offices in Shannon on the next working day.

When will the Service be available to you?

The online service for SPSV owners is being made available on a phased basis, as follows:

  • 30 September 2018 Tax Expiries (can tax online now) – Wicklow
  • 31 October 2018 Tax Expiries (can tax online from 1 October 2018) – Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow
  • 30 November 2018 Tax Expiries (can tax online from 1 November 2018) – All counties.

For any queries on the online motor tax service, please check the website, www.motortax.ie


A controlled access area will be in place from 6am to 11pm on Sunday 26th August 2018 for the Mass by Pope Francis in the Phoenix Park. The priority for this event is public transport, including Small Public Service Vehicles (SPSV’s) in order to ensure the safety of the high volumes of pedestrians expected. Taxis will be allowed to move through the controlled access area, subject to significant limitations including:

  • High volumes of pedestrians are expected along the routes from the transport hubs to the Phoenix Park and all vehicles, including taxis, will not be allowed along these routes.
  • The controlled access area includes closure of roads east of the M50 between and including the N3, N4 and N7; North of the N7 and Grand Canal; South and West of the N2 to Cross Guns Bridge and west of O’Connell Street.

Dublin City remains open for business with the eastern corridor largely unaffected (M1, Port Tunnel, Eastlink).

Under no circumstances will taxi fares to the Phoenix Park, or the roads/streets around the Phoenix Park, be facilitated when the controlled access area is in place.

Where possible and subject to the safety of pedestrians, taxis will be facilitated. For example, to take a passenger from Stillorgan Road to the Rotunda or Holles Street Hospitals will be facilitated. If scheduling fares to the airport, plan accordingly and allow extra time for the journey. All taxi drivers are asked to study the details available on the Garda website, and to be familiar with the limitations in the controlled access area.

In addition to the road closures published on the Garda website, other roads may be temporarily closed (depending on the prevailing conditions at the time) to vehicular traffic due to the high volume of pedestrians.

For further information, see www.garda.ie which will be updated in advance of the event.

The following arrangements have been confirmed by An Garda Siochana:

  • All existing Taxi Ranks within the Dublin Region will be operational with the exception of Aston Quay and Heuston Station.
  • There will be accommodation for taxis at Dublin Industrial Estate with vehicle access via Slaney Road/ Finglas Rd Junction.

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