A MAXIMUM extra fee on taxi passengers paying by credit or debit card will be introduced, as part of a new set of regulations to be introduced next month.
At present, taxi drivers can set their own administration fee for customers who choose to pay by card and can refuse to take a fare under a certain distance.
But under new rules, a flat 5pc fee will be introduced for passengers who pay by plastic and drivers will not be able to reject small fares.
The new regulations will also include mandatory area knowledge tests for drivers with a history of poor local knowledge as well as continuous tax compliance monitoring.
"The taxi market relies on consumer confidence in a safe, reliable and high-quality SPSV (small public service vehicles) service," Public Transport Minister Alan Kelly, who announced the new regulations, said.
"I believe the regulations will ensure consumers will have that confidence in the sector and the taxi drivers that do their jobs professionally will be rewarded by the market."