Tuesday 15 October 2019

Taxi licences can be passed onto children after death

Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

Junior Minister Alan Kelly is going to allow taxi licences to be passed on to a family member in the event of the tax driver’s death.

His new taxi bill, which is currently going through the Dail, will impose a general ban on taxi licences being sold on.

But Mr Kelly said he was making an exception to allow the taxi licence to be passed onto a family member – such as a son or daughter – if the taxi driver dies.

“I was written to by taxi representatives who felt it was of vital importance that where a taxi business is considered a family business – the continuation of this can be facilitated. I was happy to support such a practical approach,” he said.

At the moment, it costs €6,300 to get a new licence. But the effective cost is over  €40,000 to get into the taxi business because the only new licences currently available is for expensive wheelchair accessible vehicles.

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