Fixed Payment Notice
The Authority has a team of compliance officers who are empowered to investigate complaints or reports of non-compliance in all aspects of the industry, including vehicle standards, driver behaviour and identification, and issues relating to bookings and fares.
The Authority has the right to prosecute for certain offences, including unlicensed drivers and unlicensed vehicles operating as SPSVs and specified breaches of regulations. This is generally in the form of a fixed payment notice (commonly referred to as ‘on-the-spot fines’). Failure to pay these penalties could result in prosecution, heavier penalties, a criminal record and – in extreme cases – loss of licence.
Fixed payment offences
The principal fixed payment offences are set out below. Other offences may be categorised as fixed payment offences from time to time.
|Fixed payment offences – SPSV operators|
|Removal or attempted removal of tamper-proof disc from a small public service vehicle||€80|
|Failure to display tamper-proof disc||€80|
|Failure to display required driver identification||€60|
|Failure to notify details of small public service vehicle being operated||€40|
|Fixed payment offences – vehicle equipment|
|Failure to comply with taxi roof sign requirements||€40|
|Failure to display the required in-vehicle information||€40|
|Displaying on a hackney or limousine a sign or advertisement other than one prescribed by the National Transport Authority||€40|
|Failure to comply with the vehicle standards and requirements applicable to the licence category||€60|
|Failure to have prescribed signage affixed to the front doors of taxi or wheelchair accessible taxi||€250|
|Fixed payment offences – taximeter (taxi only)|
|Failure to comply with the requirements in relation to the calibration of taximeters||€250|
|Failure to comply with the requirements in relation to the fitting and operation of a taximeter||€60|
|Operating taximeter while taxi is standing for hire or plying for hire||€60|
|Failure to operate taximeter while taxi is on hire||€60|
|Fixed payment offences – standing or plying for hire|
|Standing at appointed stand while the vehicle is not available for hire||€40|
|Standing for hire in a taxi otherwise than at an appointed stand||€40|
|Standing or plying for hire in a county without a licence to stand or ply for hire in that county||€40|
|Standing with a taxi on part of a public road adjoining or in proximity to an appointed stand when the appointed stand is full||€40|
|Fixed payment offences – fares and charges|
|Unreasonable refusal to carry a passenger where the journey is not more than 30 kilometres||€80|
|Refusal to carry assistance dog or guide dog in a small public service vehicle||€40|
|Applying a booking fee in respect of a taxi which is engaged while plying for hire or standing for hire or without having been booked in advance by the consumer||€60|
|Failure to print and offer a receipt in the prescribed form to a passenger upon completion of a journey in a taxi||€40|
|Failure to make available a receipt in the prescribed form to a passenger upon completion of a journey in a hackney or limousine||€40|
|Failure of the driver of a hackney or limousine to carry the required booking record in respect of a hire||€60|
The fixed payment notice specifies the amount which must be paid in order to avoid prosecution, as shown in the table above.
- Within 28 days of the date of the notice, you can pay the amount specified in the notice,
- Within 56 days of the date of the notice, you can pay the amount specified in the notice plus
an additional 50 per cent.
If you do not pay within 56 days of the date of the notice, court proceedings are initiated.