Emma from Special Olympics Ireland took time out from her busy schedule to thank taxi drivers for donating their time and money during their collection day yesterday.
Taxi drivers are a much maligned group, but I know we give generously during the various collection days held throughout the year, it is nice to get some positive feedback.
Well done to all who gave, if you missed the volunteer collectors yesterday you can still give: Text SPECIAL on 50300 to donate €2 (100% of donation goes to Special Olympics)
Unusually for the NTA they have announced a suite of new regulations to be applied next month.
(normally they allow at least a 12 month lead in and have a few change of hearts)
Among them the much anticipated no transfer rule as well as:
The removal of self employed student visa holders from their taxis.
15 new enforcers.
Retests for drivers that lack geographical knowledge.
Maximum charge for Credit card transactions (Taxipay to be made illegal?)
Removal of LED displays from rear windows
More requirements to produce/prove tax clearance in place
And many more!
It seems the roof signs of those that don’t play by the rules will be thrown in the Liffey?
Alan Kelly (Tipperary North, Labour)
The National Transport Authority (NTA) has responsibility for the regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry under the provisions of the Public Transport Regulation Act, 2009. Section 15 of the Taxi Regulation Act, 2013 provides for an applicant or holder of a SPSV licence to nominate a representative who may apply to the NTA as the licensing authority, to continue to operate the licence in the event of his or her death. The nominated representative can, within 3 months of the death of the licence holder, make an application to the NTA to continue to operate the licence until expiry and to apply for its renewal upon its expiry.
I don’t see the point in having an inheritance rule when it doesn’t look as though there will ever be a no transfer rule
Part one: Hugh Creggans Opening Speech and some of Deputy Dooleys questions (sorry about all the legal gibberish at the start)
Part two: Dooley completes his list of queries and surprisingly Hugh Creggan answers them fairly candidly, topics include new spec WAT, the TAC, new ranks, transfer rule, six year rule, advertising, knowledge test and more. He also answers questions from more deputies including the inimitable Dessie Ellis
Part three, further questioning and answers from Mr Creggan.
There are more and more APPs appearing that use ehail technology every day throughout the world, UBER, Hailo, LYFT, rideshare to name a few, these are being used to “hail” Taxis, Mini Cabs, Limousines and private cars and many are now subject to litigation, with opposing sides arguing about the legality or otherwise of the technology.
I’ve read that the stated (short term) aim of UBER for example is to “eat up” the Taxi business!
It is imperative that the Government or the NTA grasp this nettle and regulate for it’s use before we end up in the same quagmire being experienced elsewhere.
There is a discussion thread on this issue over on the forum: http://irishtaxi.org/forum/index.php/topic,26443.0.html
Instead of looking to have double jobbers banned from taxi driving the gobshites in the rep bodies should really be encouraging taxi drivers to take up second jobs, that is if they truly want to reduce the fleet size (which I now doubt)
Taxi drivers who do leave tend to do so because they get a second job. (That’s not rocket science), some start with part time hours and most will understandably want to keep their plate until they feel secure.
So why discourage drivers from leaving?
Fair evough, try to stop new drivers entering the fleet …. All of them, not just those who already have jobs (think about it, they’re the least likely to enter the business!
The ESB are rolling out a free 4 month trial on a variety of fantastic electric vehicles, including BMW, Renault, Mitsubishi, Citroen and Nissan for 24 lucky applicants.
I reckon I’d be a good trialist if they chose me, given that I could write and inform the readers of this site (over 1000 individuals daily) about the benefits of driving one of these vehicles as a Taxi.
I could write about the changes I make to my daily routine, for example;
Cruising more to benefit from Hailo,
The virtually free running costs,
Ranking more at the four seasons in order to recharge the vehicle mid shift
and of course the odd mistake and mishap I have.
Most of all though I could comment on the reaction of my passengers to the vehicle in terms of comfort, ride and overall experience.
I hope I am successful with my application, although I am sure there will be lots of competition for the trials and a Taxi trial has already been undertaken, albeit very quietly, that is apart from the initial splash.
Just when we thought things were bad ….. it’s about to get a lot worse.
Uber does for Hacks and Limos what Hailo does for Taxis, backed by Googles billions, it’s already a huge success around the world, with many of the well heeled Americans and British that visit and do business on our little island already familiar with and fans of, the quality driven service.
Pity we cried wolf when we were offered the nine year rule back in 2008, we might have been better able to compete.
I don’t think 2014 will be a happy year for full time taxi drivers, it could be a costly/steep learning curve as fines and new regulations take hold.
Hopefully the end result will be a better, more lucrative industry, with less fly by nights around, although I don’t think we’ll feel as “free” knowing if we don’t play by the rules we’ll be likely to be penalised.
Death of licence holder
(1) The Authority may approve an application under section 15 of the Principal Act by a
nominated representative to continue to operate a small public service vehicle licence
(a) the nominated representative provides -
(i) evidence, in form and substance satisfactory to the Authority, that a
test certificate has been issued no more than 60 days prior to the date
of the application in respect of the vehicle the subject of the
(ii) a valid tax clearance certificate has been issued in respect of the
nominated representative under section 1095 (inserted by section 127
of the Finance Act 2002) of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997, and Draft: 18 December 2013
(iii) evidence, in form and substance satisfactory to the Authority, that the
vehicle the subject of the application is covered by insurance
provided by a vehicle insurer (within the meaning of section 58 of the
Act of 1961) in respect of passengers carried for reward in such
(b) the application is accompanied by the relevant fee specified in Schedule 1,
(c) the application is made within the time period specified in section 15 of the
(d) in the case of a modified vehicle, the application is accompanied by evidence,
in form and substance satisfactory to the Authority, that the vehicle to which
the application relates complies with the requirements of Regulation 29,
(e) in the case of an application for a wheelchair accessible taxi licence or
wheelchair accessible hackney licence, the following information –
(i) the names of any persons, including the licence holder, proposed to
drive or use the vehicle to carry passengers for reward,
(ii) all contact details available for the purposes of making a booking in
respect of the vehicle,
(iii) the areas of the State in which the licence holder proposes to drive or
use the vehicle to carry passengers for reward, and
(iv) the days and times during which the licence holder proposes to make
the vehicle available to carry passengers for reward, and
(f) following an assessment of the vehicle by or on behalf of the Authority, the
Authority is satisfied that the vehicle meets the requirements applicable to
the relevant vehicle licence category under Part 4 of these Regulations,
provided that where the Authority has determined that a specific vehicle
type or model does not comply with the requirements applicable to such
vehicle licence category under Part 4 of these Regulations, the Authority may
refuse to grant the licence without an assessment of the specific vehicle.