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Regulation of taxis and small public service vehicles

Information

A Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV) is defined as a public service vehicle with seating for up to eight people. Small Public Service Vehicles include taxis, wheelchair accessible taxis, hackney cabs and limousines. The purpose of this document is to explain how these public transport vehicles are regulated and your rights.

What is the difference between a taxi, hackney and a limousine?

  • Taxi: a small public service vehicle (SPSV), for which a taxi licence has been granted. Taxis may stand for hire at a taxi rank and ply for hire on the street.
  • Hackney: a private hire small public service vehicle (SPSV) for which a hackney licence has been granted. Hackney cabs should be pre-booked on a private hire basis and cannot be hailed down in a public place.
  • Limousine: a private hire SPSV for which a limousine licence has been granted. A limousine must be suited by its style and condition to be used for ceremonial occasions or for corporate or other prestige purposes. A limousine should be pre-booked on a private hire basis and cannot be hailed down in a public place.

How are taxis and other SPSVs regulated?

Under the Taxi Regulation Act 2013, the National Transport Authority is the regulator for all SPSVs. An Advisory Committee on Small Public Service Vehicles gives advice to the Authority on issues regarding SPSVs and their drivers. This group consisted of representatives from the taxi, hackney and limousine industry, local authorities, An Garda Síochána, the tourist industry and disability action groups.

Rules

What does the regulator do?

The duties of the regulator are:

Where to apply

Further information on the regulation of taxi and small public service vehicles is available from the National Transport Authority. Information on taxis is also available on the Authority’s consumer website, transportforireland.ie.

National Transport Authority

Dún Scéine
Harcourt Lane
Dublin 2
Ireland

Tel:(01) 879 8300
Fax:(01) 879 8333
Homepage: http://www.nationaltransport.ie/taxi-and-bus-licensing/taxi/
Email: taxis@nationaltransport.ie


Page updated: 26 February 2015

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