In order to operate a SPSV in Ireland, the following licences are required:
A small public service vehicle licence
A small public service vehicle driver's licence.
Section 34 of the 2003 Taxi Regulation Act states that the Commission for Taxi Regulation may regulate the licensing and control of small public service vehicles. Currently, the Local Authorities issue licences on the Commissions behalf.
Please note that further information on Legislative Articles can be found on www.irishstatutebook.ie
SMALL PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLE LICENCE
Licences for taxi, hackney or limousine are granted by the local Authority in your area. (Articles 12, 13 and 14 of S.I. 136 of 1995 as substituted by Articles 7 and 8 of S.I. 367 of 2000)
All local authorities grant hackney and limousine licenses, but only grant taxi licenses if there is a taximeter area within its functional area. Application is made to your local Authority. In the case of taxi and hackneys, the local Authority will make a conditional offer of a licence to you this contains details of the proposed licence number to facilitate you in getting the relevant sign for your car. This licence is sometimes referred to as a "taxi plate".
Taxi, hackney, and limousine licences are renewed by the Local Authority in you area. Requirements for renewal are set out in (Article 16 of S. I. 136 of 1995 as amended by Article 17 of S. I. 316 of 1999 as amended by Article 11 of S. I. 367 of 2000). See Below.
For the grant of a limousine licence the requirements are set out in
(Article 6 of S. I 316 of 1999 as amended by Article of 3 of S.I. 255 of
2000 as amended by Article 5 of S. I. 367 of 2000). See Below.
REQUIREMENTS FOR TAXI LICENCE / PLATE
You need a roof sign that complies with the regulatory requirements (Article 28 and 8th schedule of S. I. 136 of 1995 as amended by S. I. 157 of 2004)
You will also need internal signage, which includes photograph of driver, name of driver, serial number of small public service vehicle driver licence issued to the driver, the signature of the driver, the name and telephone number of the holder of the taxi licence, licence number of the taxi licence, name, address and telephone number of licensing authority that granted the licence, and the maximum taxi fare structure that has been set for the taxi meter area. This information must be exhibited so it can easily be seen by passengers (usually dashboard) (Article 35 of S.I. 136 of 1995 as amended by Article 22 of S. I. 316 of 1999)
You must install a taximeter in your car, and have it programmed with the relevant taxi fare structure that applies to the taximeter area. The taximeter must be capable of producing an automatic printed receipt (Articles 14, 15,16, 19 S.I. 367 of 2000 ). A receipt must be given to each customer.
Your vehicle has to be certified by NCT as being suitable to be licensed as a taxi. In the case of wheelchair accessible taxis, the vehicle must comply with the requirements of (S. I. 47 of 1998), full details are set out in the schedule.
Testing and certification by NCT includes certification in relation to road worthiness. Vehicle requirements are also set out in Articles 49 and 51 Road Traffic (Construction, Equipment and Use of Vehicles) Regulations 1963 (S.I. 190 of 1963) this includes four doors, permanent top, four seats.etc. All of these requirements will be checked by NCT.
You are required to produce evidence to the Local Authority that the vehicle is insured as a taxi.
You are required to produce a tax clearance certificate. Tax clearance requirements section 37 (1) of the Taxi Regulation Act 2003.
You are required to pay the appropriate licence fee which is 6,300 for
the grant of a taxi licence and 125 for the grant of a wheelchair
accessible taxi licence.
REQUIREMENTS FOR HACKNEY LICENCE
External signage - the vehicle must have black and yellow signage at the front and rear, complying with the requirements under (Article 10 and Schedule S. I. 316 of 1999) No other external signage or advertising is permitted (Article 10 (3) of S. I. 316 of 1999)
Internal signage Hackneys must display internal signage to identify the driver of the hackney, the sign is a specific size and in black and white. The sign must have the word hackney or hachaμ, have the hackney licence number, the name of the licensing authority that granted the hackney licence, the name of the driver of vehicle, the serial number of the small public service vehicle licence to drive the vehicle issued to the driver, the signature and photograph of the driver. This must be displayed on the front dashboard on the passenger side, and on the rear of at least one of the front seats (Article 13 of S. I. 316 of 1999 as amended by Article 5 of 255 of 2000)
Your vehicle has to be certified by NCT as suitable to be licensed as a hackney. This also includes certification in relation to road worthiness.
You are required to produce evidence to the Local Authority that the vehicle is insured as a hackney.
You are required to produce a Tax Clearance Certificate. Tax clearance requirements section 37 (1) of the Taxi Regulation Act 2003.
You are required to pay the appropriate licence fee which is 250.
REQUIREMENTS FOR LIMOUSINE LICENCE
Requirements for vehicle to be in limousine category must be at least 1900 c.c. and be evidently suited by its style and condition to be used for ceremonial occasions or for corporate or other prestige purposes (S.I. 316 of 1999 as amended by S.I. 255 of 2000)
Your vehicle has to be certified by NCT as suitable to be licensed for a limousine. This includes certification in relation to road worthiness.
You are required to produce evidence to the Local Authority that the vehicle is insured as a limousine.
You are required to produce a Tax Clearance Certificate. Tax clearance requirements Section 37 (1) of the Taxi Regulation Act 2003.
You are required to pay the appropriate licence fee which is 250.
Local authority will grant licence subject to the above, and provide the external sign which must be affixed to the rear of the vehicle.
No other external signage or advertising is permitted
All requirements are set out in (S.I. 316 of 1999 as amended by 255 of
2000 and 367 of 2000)
Application for a small public service vehicle licence is made to the Local Authority in the area where the applicant proposes to operate. The present fees set for grant of vehicle licence are 6,300 for taxi licence, 125 for wheelchair accessible taxi licence and 250 for hackney or limousine vehicle licence. The present fee for the renewal of all categories of small public service vehicle licence is 125.
RENEWAL OF LICENCES
Taxi, wheelchair accessible taxi, hackney and limousine vehicle licenses are renewable annually, and the fee for all catagories is 125. Renewals are processed by the Local Authority.
Requirements for renewal - Test certificate for vehicle from NCT, production of evidence of insurance, tax clearance certificate, and payment of renewal fee. (S.I.136 of 1995 as amended by S.I. 316 of 1999 , S.I. 47 of 1998 and S.I.367 of 2000)
Application for renewal must be made not later than two months following the date of expiry of the licence. Should renewal date pass, application can be made for a new licence for the fees and requirements as set out above.
Local Authority can refuse to grant or renew a licence and such refusal
can be appealed to the District Court.
CHANGE OF VEHICLE
Regulations provide for transfer of the vehicle licence involving an application to the Local Authority. New vehicle will have to be certified by NCT and insurance for the usage of the new vehicle as a taxi, wheelchair accessible taxi, hackney or limousine, must be produced. Transfers are dealt with the same as renewals, 125 is the fee payable, and the renewal date will change to the date of the transfer. (Article 17 of 136 of 1995 as amended by S.I. 47 of 1998 and S.I.367 of 2000 )
Procedure for temporary transfer where car is off the road for a short
period: NCT must certify the transfer vehicle, production of insurance for
usage of the vehicle as a taxi or wheelchair accessible taxi, hackney or
limousine. Local Authority can specify the period for the temporary
transfer, temporary transfer does not effect the period of validity of the
licence. (S. I. 38 of 2001).
TRANSFER OF VEHICLE LICENCE
Procedure for continuance in force of a taxi vehicle licence to another persons name. (Article 18 of 136 of 1995 as amended by Article 4 of 367 of 2000) applicant has to produce evidence of insurance, tax clearance cert, and the licence fee of 125.
Hackney or limousine licences can not be transferred to another person.
SMALL PUBLIC SERVICE VEHICLE DRIVER LICENCE
Applications are processed by An Garda Siochana. Application forms available at the local Garda Station. The licence is currently a five year licence.
Process for application. Gardai must be satisfied you are a fit and proper person to hold a licence, and this involves checking criminal records. You must provide a current driving licence and a tax clearance certificate. You will be tested in relation to the PSV regulations, the rules of the road and general traffic regulations and a knowledge/geographical test of the area where you propose to provide a service. (Article 34 S.I. 191 of 1963 as amended by S.I. 273 of 1968, S.I. 200 of 1970, S.I. 295 of 1998 and S.I.316 of 1999)
Fees for a small public service vehicle driver licence are paid to the local authority, and the receipt is given to the Gardai on application. Application fee for licence to drive a small public service vehice is 12, a fee of 3 is payable when licence is granted which is also payable to local authority. The Gardai issue a drivers badge, if badge is lost a substitute badge can be purchased for 2.50.
A small public service vehicle driver licence is not transferable.
The small public service vehicle driver licence is renewable every five years. Application for renewal is made to the Gardai. Gardai must be satisfied you are a fit and proper person to hold a licence, and this involves checking criminal records. You must produce a tax clearance certificate.
If the holder of a small public service vehicle driver licence is convicted of an offence and not deemed to be a fit and proper person by the Gardai to hold the licence, the licence can be revoked. Licence can also be revoked by the Courts.
Decision by Gardai to refuse to grant or revoke a licence can be appealed to the District Court.
Source:- Commission for Taxi Regulation
The application and the items listed above should be sent to the Customer Services centre, Dublin City Council, Ground Floor, Block 3, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8.
Hackney and limousine licences can only be issued to residents of Dublin City or Fingal County, South Dublin County or Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown County (Dublin County)
Source:- Dublin City Council