Taxi licences can be passed onto children after death
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.