The new Taxi Regulation Act 2013 (Maximum Fares) Order 2015 was launched last Thursday, 30 April 2015. The Order brings in a number of changes including an average increase in fares of around 4%, simplification of the fare bands to just an A and B band, and a reduction in the initial hire charge with a corresponding decrease in distance and time meaning the meter will start after 500m or 85 seconds. There will be no change in standard and premium rates.
Taxi fare changes in Ireland 2015
All taximeters should have been reprogrammed to support the new fare structure by 30 April 2015, however due to the difficulties in getting appointments with your installers the NTA has extended the date to 21 May 2015 for all vehicle licence holders. A fixed penalty of €250 will be issued from 22 May onwards for any drivers operating under the old regime.
Take action and contact your meter installer now. Once reprogrammed contact Applus on 01 413 5951 to get your meter checked and sealed.
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An update to the Taxi Regulation (SPSV) Regulations 2015 was announced on the 31 January 2015 which seen a number of changes to the regs. These include: a taximeter must be in operation for all hires; for fares agreed in advance, the taxi driver can only charge the lower of the amount on the meter or the agreed amount; a taxi roof sign should only be fixed to the roof if being used for carriage of passengers for reward; a list of specific vehicles suitable for new limousine licences will be published; and vehicle licence renewal fee for taxis, hackneys and limousines increases to €150. Paddy Compare recommends that you as a taxi driver take the time to read the regs in full and you can download a copy here.
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The National Transport Authority (NTA) chairman, Mr John Fitzgerald just announced that he expects there to be an increase in taxi fares across Ireland. Taxi fares are reviewed every two years by the Authority and changes are based on the industry and finding the balance between doing what is right for the public taxi users and taxi drivers alike. The proposed changes will see the standard minimum fare reduced to €3.60, however fares for longer distances will increase and result in an overall increase in fare of approximately 4%. For more information on the increase in fares click here.
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Good news for rural homeowners in Ireland as the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White announces that he expects every household to be connected to high speed broadband by 2020. The project will cost the Government in the region of €400 to €500 million and will bring broadband to over 1,000 towns and villages throughout the country. The minimum speed for each household will be 30Mbps and it is anticipated that 1.6m homes will be connected by 2016. For more information on the areas affected see broadband.gov.ie.
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A number of anti water charge protests took part across the country today as protesters expressed their anger for the new charges. The structure of the new water charges will cost the Exchequer a total of €84 million per year. This cost is made up of the Government compensating Irish Water for introducing the new lower domestic charge cap and also the cost of the water conversion grant for non Irish Water customers. Mr Alan Kelly announced the chargers today as follows; single-adult household to be capped at €160 a year, €260 cap on all other households and eligible houses will receive a €100 Water Conversion Grant. You can find more information on the water charges at www.citizensinformation.ie.
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Water service charges across the country were applied from 1 October 2014 and the first bill is now set to arrive on our doorsteps in Jan 2015. Some household insurance companies are now concerned at the large bills homeowners are facing as a result of burst pipes. Despite Irish water guaranteeing to fix the first leak that occurs in a garden free of charge, leaks in the home or a second leak will be the responsibility of the owner and liable to a large bill for any loss of metered water. Allianz have said that they have increase it’s home insurance policy to include loss of metered water cover up to €1,000. Other firms such as 123.ie, Liberty and Aviva are set to follow but are awaiting clarity on charges. For more details on the charges and billing please see: http://www.water.ie/billing-and-metering/billing/
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Great news for Irish job seekers as Facebook in Ireland has just opened a 120,000 square foot office in the Grand Canal Square area of Dublin. The new office has the capacity to boost employee numbers from the current level of 500 to well over 1000. The managing director of Facebook in Ireland Ms Sonia Flynn stated in a recent interview with RTE News that the company is here to stay and keen to help redevelop the Irish economy.
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