Taxi Driver

The following is for general information purposes only. All further queries regarding this information should be directed to the competent authority listed below.

Competent Authority
Licensing procedures
Information on fees and documentation
Completing procedures online
Response time by the National Transport Authority
Relevant legislation applicable
Contact Details

Competent Authority

The SPSV industry in Ireland is regulated by the National Transport Authority in accordance with the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act, 2013. In relation to the SPSV sector, the objectives of the National Transport Authority are to ensure the provision and maintenance of high-quality services and standards, and fair competition in the delivery of SPSV services in Ireland. 

The acronym SPSV stands for ‘small public service vehicle’ – taxis, wheelchair accessible taxis, hackneys, wheelchair accessible hackneys, and limousines. Any such vehicle must be associated with a valid SPSV licence. In addition, the driver of an SPSV must have a valid SPSV driver licence.

The National Transport Authority is a State body set up under statute in 2009. The Authority has responsibility for regulating the SPSV sector in accordance with the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act, 2013. In relation to the SPSV sector, the objectives of the National Transport Authority are to ensure the provision and maintenance of high-quality services and standards, and fair competition in the delivery of SPSV services in Ireland. 

To achieve its objective of promoting a high quality SPSV service, the National Transport Authority has been given powers, under the Taxi Regulation Act 2013, to make and enforce regulations in relation to the licensing, control and operation of:

  • SPSV drivers;
  • SPSVs (vehicles); and
  • SPSV dispatch operators.

People working in the SPSV industry must also comply with a wider range of regulations that apply to them as road users and as business service providers. These regulations are enforced by a range of statutory bodies, including:

  •   An Garda Síochána;
  •  The Road Safety Authority;
  •  Local authorities;
  •  NSAI Legal Metrology Service;
  •  The Health Service Executive;
  •  The Revenue Commissioners;
  •  The Department of Social Protection;
  •  The Health & Safety Authority;
  •  The Equality Authority; and 
  •  The Competition Authority.

 Licensing procedures for working as a Taxi Driver based in Ireland

Comprehensive information is provided on the following in the links below:

Information on fees and documentation to be submitted

Comprehensive information is also  provided on the following in the links below:

  • Fees and documentation required to be submitted to the National Transport Authority, in respect of operating as a Taxi Driver in Ireland.

Completing procedures online

Currently the National Transport Authority does not offer online services except for updating operational data. However the long term strategy is to move towards online application and payments as the licensing system has been developed with this goal in mind. Already most communication (renewal letters etc.) is sent by email and this will be further developed in 2014.

Response time by the National Transport Authority

Approximate response times depending on the format in which it is received (e.g. email, online feedback form etc.,) these can vary between 2 and 7 working days, however, policy based questions may take longer.

Relevant legislation applicable

The requirements for operating as a  Taxi Driver in based in Ireland, are set out in the following legislation below:

Contact Details

Please find relevant contact details for the National Transport Authority below:

Contact details for queries

By phone: Information line 0761 064 000
By post:

National Transport Authority
PO Box 773
Togher
Cork

Email: taxis@nationaltransport.ie