The SPSV driver entry test

The SPSV Driver Entry Test is designed to verify that, as a new entrant to the industry, you know the regulatory framework for the SPSV industry, as set out in the Taxi Regulation Acts 2013, 2016 and the Taxi Regulation (Small Public Service Vehicle) Regulations 2015, that you are familiar with good practice in the industry, and that you have a good working knowledge of the county in which you wish to operate.

This test must be passed by all applicants before you apply for an SPSV driver licence (with the exception of applicants for local area hackney driver licences).

The test costs €90 and consists of 90 multiple choice questions, in two modules. The first module – the Industry Knowledge Module – consists of 54 questions relating to regulations and good practice in the SPSV industry, as set out in this manual. The second module – the Area Knowledge Module – consists of 36 questions relating to the county in which you wish to be licensed. You select your county when booking your test.

To pass the SPSV Driver Entry Test, you must pass both the Industry Knowledge Module and the Area Knowledge Module for your chosen county. The pass mark for both modules is 75%.

When you first sit the SPSV Driver Entry Test you complete both modules. Should you fail one module but pass the other, you are then allowed to repeat the failed module only. You have 12 months from the date of the original test to pass the second module. Failing that you are required to re-sit the test in full.  .

Please see the Official Manual for Operating in the SPSV Industry for full details.

Applying for an SPSV Driver Entry Test

SPSV Driver Entry Tests can be taken in any one of five test locations around the country and you can arrange to take your test at a time and location that is convenient to you.
You can book your test by calling our Industry Information Line on 0818 064 000.

You will need:

  • Your contact details
  • Your PPS number
  • A full Irish driving licence or a driving licence from another EU, EEA or other recognised state
  • The test fee of €90 which can be paid by credit or debit card over the phone or by postal order.

If you have any special requirements please specify them at the time of booking. There are various options available to assist candidates with special reading needs in taking the test. You can apply to have extra time to take your test or request one-to-one assistance. For further information please call 0818 064 000 or email

An audio version of the Official Manual for Operating in the SPSV Industry is also available below.

Audio version of the SPSV Manual:


  1. The SPSV industry
  2. SPSV driver licensing
  3. Choosing a vehicle to use as an SPSV
  4. SPSV licensing
  5. Working as an SPSV operator
  6. Finding your way around
  7. Fares
  8. Delivering customer satisfaction
  9. Your SPSV business
  10. Staying safe
  11. Preparing for your test