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The SPSV industry in Ireland is regulated by the National Transport Authority in accordance with the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act, 2013. In relation to the SPSV sector, the objectives of the National Transport Authority are to ensure the provision and maintenance of high-quality services and standards, and fair competition in the delivery of SPSV services in Ireland.
The acronym SPSV stands for ‘small public service vehicle’ – taxis, wheelchair accessible taxis, hackneys, local area hackneys, wheelchair accessible hackneys, and limousines. Any such vehicle must be associated with a valid SPSV licence. In addition, the driver of an SPSV must have a valid SPSV driver licence.