Wednesday 13 December 2017

Taxi drivers face raft of fines in shake-up

TAXI drivers who fail to display new branding on their vehicles from January 1 will be hit with on-the-spot fines of €250.

Some 23,000 taxis across the State must be fitted with a new green-and-blue logo stating 'Taxi' under new rules being introduced by the National Transport Authority (NTA).

The move is part of a raft of changes to the industry that take effect from next month.

They include new rules on renting vehicles, changes to fixed charge penalties and new age limits for vehicles.

The NTA said the changes would affect all drivers.

Changes include:

• Drivers of taxis not fitted with the new signage will be hit with a €250 fine and the licence will not be renewed.

• Fixed charge fines will range from €40 to €250, instead of the current system where all are €250.

• Failing to display fare and driver information will incur a €40 fine, while drivers who operate the meter while the car is at a rank will be hit with a €60 penalty.

• An "unreasonable" refusal to carry a passenger will incur an €80 fine, while forging driver ID will result in a €250 penalty.

• Anyone renting their car must inform the NTA. A new app will allow this to be done online.

• Cars 10 years old or more can only be licensed for a maximum of six months.

Meanwhile, the NTA has decided not to increase taxi fares despite drivers being hit with fuel price increases.

Irish Independent

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