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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.

This list shows which taximeters can operate with dual programs that will allow you to get your taximeter updated with the 2018 fare now.

Note that for some taximeters there is more than one program/installer and so you should check with your installer that their individual program is LMS approved.

Once the programme is installed, Applus is the authorised verifier of taximeters appointed by LMS for the verification and sealing of the taximeter in the licensed taxi: they are now able to verify meters with the dual programmed 2018 fare. Contact them on 01 413 5951 to book a taximeter verification appointment.

This list will be frequently updated as more programs are approved by LMS.


SITT/Locallink Donegal manages the daily transport needs for patients attending for Renal Dialysis at Letterkenny University Hospital 365 days a year, with an average yearly distance travelled of over 1.3m km, by taxi and hackney operators.

New contracts for this work are shortly to be commenced through open tendering and the procurement will score sustainable transport with the highest marks where possible. It is envisaged that in the future, all SPSV services delivered for Local Link Nationally will be sustainable in line with the Government targets.

Purpose of the Conference:

  • To present the results of a pilot project with Letterkenny University Hospital renal dialysis transport providers, sustainable transport vehicle manufactures and the SEAI.
  • To present information on sustainable transport opportunities and supports – both national and local (e.g. Electric Vehicles, Plug in Hybrids and Hybrids)
  • To provide information on all grants and supports available
  • To provide an opportunity for transport providers to explore the application of these models and identify any issues that need to be addressed.”

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