The National Transport Authority is responsible for the licensing and regulation of small public service vehicles (SPSVs) in Ireland. This refers collectively to taxis, wheelchair accessible taxis, hackneys, wheelchair accessible hackneys and limousines.
SPSVs are defined as vehicles capable of carrying for hire or reward a maximum of eight passengers in addition to the driver.
There are five basic categories of vehicle licence:
– Wheelchair accessible taxis
– Wheelchair accessible hackneys
In addition to the above, there is also a sub-category of hackneys called ‘Local Area Hackneys’ which are licensed for specific small areas, such as villages and rural locations.