More information on Taxi Fares and charges
Public holidays in Ireland each year are as follows:
- New Year's Day (1 January)
- St. Patrick's Day (17 March)
- Easter Monday
- First Monday in May, June and August
- Last Monday in October
- Christmas Day (25 December)
- St. Stephen's Day (26 December)
The National Transport Authority has set a National Maximum Taxi Fare that applies to all taxi fares. The fare structure underpinning this consists of:
- An initial charge
- A charge for further travel based on either distance travelled or the time elapsed and calculated across two graduated tariffs
- A premium at certain times and on certain days
- Extra charges, where applicable
The taximeter calculates the fare automatically based on both time and distance.
The initial charge: amount which appears on the taximeter at the beginning of the journey. This initial charge includes a distance allowance of 500metres or a time allowance of 85 seconds.
Further Travel: After the allowance for distance or time included in the initial charge has been exceeded, the fare for further travel is calculated at small portions of the journey. At low speeds, or when a taxi is stationary, the fare is calculated on the basis of time. This compensates the driver for the costs of operating in periods of traffic congestion, or for waiting time. Once the taxi exceeds a certain speed, the fare is calculated according to the distance travelled. The speed at which charges switch from being distance-related to being time-related is known as the changeover speed (21km/h).
Premium charge: A premium is charged at certain times to encourage greater supply. These are generally known as unsocial hours rates and apply in particular to taxi operation at night and throughout the day on Sundays and public holidays.
Extras: Includes such things as a booking fee, additional passenger charge and potentially a maximum soiling charge. Road Tolls: Any road toll charges are payable if incurred; they are not automatically included by the taximeter.