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Additional Suitability Requirements for Taxis and Wheelchair Accessible Taxis

Roof sign

Taxis and wheelchair accessible taxis must be fitted with a regulation roof sign displaying front and back the vehicle licence number and one or more area stickers indicating the county or counties in which the driver is licensed to stand or ply for hire. Roof signs on wheelchair accessible taxis must also display the accessibility symbol front and back.

A number of commercial organisations supply roof signs – see, for example, the Golden Pages under ‘Metering Equipment’. Shop around, get a number of quotations and compare prices. Make sure that the supplier you choose is aware of the regulations regarding the size and design of the roof sign.

The taxi roof sign may include contact details for the taxi operator or dispatch operator.
On wheelchair accessible taxi roof signs, the accessibility symbol must not be obscured.
The taxi roof sign may include a symbol indicating that the driver accepts payment by credit card. Approved artwork for this symbol is available from the Authority, and this can be used to produce an adhesive sticker for application to the roof sign. Credit card logos must not be displayed on the regulation roof sign.
Additional lights must not be attached to the regulation roof sign.

SPSV Vehicle Licence

A number of commercial organisations supply roof signs – see, for example, the Golden Pages under ‘Metering Equipment’. Shop around, get a number of quotations and compare prices. Make sure that the supplier you choose is aware of the regulations regarding the size and design of the roof sign.

Additional information on Roof signs

Names of representative bodies may be displayed on taxi roof signs; phone numbers of such bodies, however, are not permitted. For wheelchair accessible taxi roof signs, the accessibility symbol must not be obscured.
Additional lights must not be attached to the regulation roof sign. Credit card logos must not be displayed on the regulation roof sign.

Taximeter

Taxis and wheelchair accessible taxis must be fitted with a taximeter calibrated in line with the National Maximum Taxi Fare, securely attached where it is easy for a passenger inside the vehicle to see and read it. It must be connected to a printer.

Purchasing a taximeter

A number of commercial organisations supply and fit taximeters – see, for example, the Golden Pages under ‘Metering Equipment’. While the suppliers of taximeters are not regulated, the meters used in taxis must use approved programs to calculate fares. New taximeters on sale must be EC-approved in line with the Measuring Instruments Directive.

Installing a taximeter

Names of representative bodies may be displayed on taxi roof signs; phone numbers of such bodies, however, are not permitted. For wheelchair accessible taxi roof signs, the accessibility symbol must not be obscured.
Additional lights must not be attached to the regulation roof sign.
Credit card logos must not be displayed on the regulation roof sign.

Verifying and sealing a taximeter

Names of representative bodies may be displayed on taxi roof signs; phone numbers of such bodies, however, are not permitted. For wheelchair accessible taxi roof signs, the accessibility symbol must not be obscured.
Additional lights must not be attached to the regulation roof sign. Credit card logos must not be displayed on the regulation roof sign.

Changes to taximeter, vehicle or fare structure

The program in the taximeter calculates fares and prints receipts based on details of the specific vehicle and the current fare structure. If the vehicle or the fare structure changes, the taximeter must be reprogrammed and verified again. Similarly, if you buy a new taximeter and install it in your existing vehicle, it will need to be calibrated and verified.

Branding

Taxis and wheelchair accessible taxis must have branding in the format specified by the Authority, including the vehicle licence number, applied to the front doors of the vehicle by an authorised supplier.

Advertising

No advertisement (or sign or symbol) that contains threatening, discriminatory, obscene or offensive words or images may be displayed in an SPSV.

Unless otherwise approved in writing by the Authority, no electronic advertising sign that can be seen from outside the vehicle may be used in or on an SPSV.

Except on taxi roof signs, no sign or advertisement that can be seen from outside the vehicle relating to payment by credit or debit card may be displayed in or on an SPSV.

Apart from the official taxi branding, no sign or advertisement may be displayed on the front doors of a taxi.

In relation to any door other than the two front doors, the total area occupied by any advertisements and signs must not exceed 1,600 square centimetres.

No sign providing the name, details or logo of any industry representative group that can be seen from outside the vehicle may be displayed in or on an SPSV.