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.
The Commission for Taxi Regulation was established in September 2004 under the Taxi Regulation Act 2003 and had overall responsibility for regulating all SPSVs. The Commission for Taxi Regulation was dissolved in January 2011 and its primary function taken over by the National Transport Authority under the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009. The National Transport Authority is now responsible for the exercise of the functions set out in the Taxi Regulation Act 2003.
An Advisory Committee on Small Public Service Vehicles, set up under the 2003 Act, 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.
The duties of the regulator are:
In January 2012 the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport published the Government Report on the Future of Taxi Regulation. The National Transport Authority is implementing a number of the actions outlined in the report. Since January 2013, all taxis are required to have specified door signage fitted when renewing their SPSV licence. Further information on the actions being implemented is available on the Authority's website.
New National Vehicle Standards requirements for small public service vehicles were published on 26 November 2007. The new National Vehicle Standards (pdf) came into effect on 1 January 2009.
Further information on the regulation of taxi and small public service vehicles in Ireland is available from the:
Tel:(01) 879 8300
Fax:(01) 879 8333
If you have a question relating to this topic you can contact the Citizens Information Phone Service on 0761 07 4000 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm) or you can visit your local Citizens Information Centre.