Thank you for your enquiry. The annual check on the continuing suitability of the SPSV at licence renewal is to be known as the Licence Renewal Assessment. It is principally a condition and cleanliness check but also includes possible checks on fundamental suitability items, e.g. wheelchair accessible taxi ramps, taxi roof signs etc. It is currently to be “bundled” within the current licence renewal fee of €125.
As this is something new and the licensing administration service is also transitioning to a new service provider, SGS Ireland Ltd., the Commission for Taxi Regulation considers it sensible to use the first few months as an educational and training period. Therefore there will not be a “Pass/Fail” approach initially with instead an Advisory Report being generated as applicable. Please note that from 6th April 2010 however passing the Licence Renewal Assessment will be a requirement of licence renewal.
The Commission envisages that the Inspection Manual will be available for download from the website. This Manual is currently being finalised in conjunction with the Training Programme for the (SGS) Vehicle Licence Inspectors and will be available very shortly.
In order to assist as far as possible I have included below the draft Chapter Headings from the Manual. In essence the Licence Renewal Assessment items are visual checks of basic existing legal requirements, e.g. roof sign present and able to be illuminated.
I hope this is of some use in the interim period until the Manual is available for download.
Cleanliness and Condition (inside and outside)
Communications (Pen and Paper)
Seat Fabric Quality
Passenger Compartment Temperature Capability
First Aid Kit
High Viz Vest
Spare Wheel System
Seating Positions (number of licensed passengers)
WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE TAXIS
Basic Vehicle Definition
Wheelchair Space Dimensions
Wheelchair and Occupant Restraint Systems
STANDARD TAXI AND HACKNEY ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS
Vehicle Age (45,000 + licences only in 2010)
Tinted Windows (statistical data gathering exercise only for 2010)
TAXI (INCLUDING WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE TAXI) ADDITIONAL SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
Roof Sign Light
Taximeter & Printer
Front Fare Sticker
HACKNEY ADDITIONAL SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
LIMOUSINE ADDITIONAL SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
Tyre Specification and GVW