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Did you apply for WAV15 – Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Grant Scheme 2015? Paddy Compare taxi news!

Did you apply for the WAV15 Wheelchair Accessible Grant Scheme? If so then you could be eligible to receive disability awareness training and up to €10,000 in financial assistance to purchase a wheelchair accessible taxi vehicle or to convert your existing car into a WAV. Despite applications closing on 30 October 2015, to qualify for the WAV15 funding you must have submitted a provisional grant offer letter to the Authority, the proposed WAV must have passed its initial suitability test, the proposed wheelchair accessible vehicle must have been licensed, and the proposed driver must have complete a Disability Awareness Training Course.

For more information click here. If you need taxi insurance for your WAV taxi or your normal taxi, you can get great deals at Paddy Compare. Simply complete our one page taxi insurance quote form. Our specialist taxi insurance brokers will then contact you with competitive quotes. Get a great deal today.

Annual taxi bulletin in Ireland – Paddy Compare news!

On 7 September the National Taxi Authority published their annual Bulletin for taxi stats in Ireland. The Bulletin covers the main trends on Small Public Service Vehicles (SPSVs) across Ireland dealing with fleet numbers, licences issued, fleet profiles, licence numbers, complaints and compliance activity. There are six main categories of SPSV currently operating in Ireland, being the taxi, wheelchair accessible taxi, hackney, local area hackney, wheelchair accessible hackney and the limo. The majority of SPSVs are taxis operating in the Dublin area. The Bulletin revealed that there was just over 21,500 active vehicle licences in Ireland as at 31 December 2014, a fall of nearly 6,000 from its peak in 2008.

At Paddy Compare you can get taxi insurance quotes from specialist brokers in Ireland in minutes. Simply complete our online taxi insurance quote form and our system will match you up with the broker best suited to your details. Our trusted partners will then contact you by telephone, email and SMS with advice and quotes to meet your needs. They cover all vehicle types and quote nationwide. Save money on your taxi insurance with Paddy Compare today.

 

 

Taxi fares increase & taximeter update extended to 22 May – Paddy Compare news!

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

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.

At Paddy Compare you can compare taxi insurance from specialist taxi brokers across Ireland in just one go. Simply complete our one page taxi insurance form and we will put you in contact with brokers best suited to meet your needs based on your location, driving experience and vehicle history. Try Paddy Compare today.

 

National Maximum Taxi Fares Order 2015 – Paddy Compare Taxi Driver News!

News for all taxi drivers in Ireland. The National Maximum Taxi Fares Order 2015 will come into operation on 30 April 2015. The new Order will see an average increase of 4% on max taxi fares, simplification of the fare bands to just two an A and B and a reduction in the initial hiring charge. The taximeter will also start to increment from 500m as opposed to the current 1000m distance.
What do I need to do now? You will need to contact your meter installer to ensure that your meter can run dual programmes i.e. the existing fares up to 29th April and the new max fare structure from 30 April 2015. All meter installed programmes must be approved by the Legal Metrology Service. So book your taximeter verification test here now. For more details on the new Taxi Fares Order click here.
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Taxi Regulation update Jan 2015 – Paddy Compare news!

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.

At Paddy Compare you can compare taxi insurance in Ireland free of charge. Simply complete our online taxi insurance quote form and our specialist brokers will contact you with quotes. It doesn’t matter if you need cover for your taxi, hackney or limo, our partner brokers quote all vehicles. So meet the regs and get cheap taxi insurance today.

Taxi compliance checks Dec 14 – Paddy Compare news!

Taxi compliance officers conducted over 1500 formal checks of small PSVs in December 2014. The checks revealed 1 unlicensed driver operating in Dublin, 76 Fixed Penalty Notices were handed out to drivers mainly who were standing illegally or who were not the named owner of the vehicle. 113 complaints were lodged against taxi drivers and 5 individuals were convicted during the month. For more information on taxi compliance and how to pay fines see the National Transport Authority website.

At Paddy Compare we support taxi drivers across Ireland by providing you with a quick and easy to use, taxi insurance comparison service. By simply completing our online taxi insurance quote form, you can get tailored taxi quotes that suit you and your vehicle. So give it a go, drive safe and save money today.

Taxi fares on rise across Ireland – Paddy Compare News!

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.

If you are a taxi driver in Dublin or anywhere in Ireland, then you will need taxi insurance cover to operate your service legally on the roads. At Paddy Compare we understand that you want to find the best deal on your taxi insurance. Simply complete our taxi insurance quote form and you can compare prices from taxi brokers from across the country in seconds. Get cheap taxi insurance at Paddy Compare today.

Proposed taxi fares Nov 2014

 

 

Taxi compliance checks – Paddy Compare News!

The National Transport Authority continue to increase the number of compliance checks into taxi drivers across the country. In September alone, over 2600 compliance checks were carried out on small public service vehicles. The checks uncovered 2 unlicensed operators and issued over 150 fixed penalties for drivers standing illegally for hire. The authority also received approximately 100 complaints of driver conduct in the month. For more information the taxi compliance activities, regulations and how to pay fees etc try the National Transport Authority’s website at www.nationaltransport.ie.

At Paddy Compare we support all of those honest Irish taxi drivers and bring you our taxi insurance comparison service. Use our simple taxi insurance quote form to get tailored quotes that suit you and your vehicle. We work with taxi insurance providers in Dublin and from across the country to bring you the best deals on the market.

Paddy Compare Guides – 10 steps to become a taxi driver in Ireland

Over the coming months, Paddy Compare will be releasing a series of guides to help with various insurance and business-related tasks. The first of these, aimed at those who are looking to become a taxi driver in Dublin, or anywhere else in Ireland, is now under way: how to become a taxi driver.

The guide currently covers the steps required to apply for the first of the licences required; the SPSV Driver Licence. It will shortly be extended to also give guidance on applying for, and obtaining a SPSV Vehicle Licence (taxi plate). We will update you on when this is the case.

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Cheap taxi insurance in Ireland at Paddy Compare!

Get cheap taxi insurance in Ireland at Paddy Compare in seconds when you use our simple one page taxi insurance quotes form. By entering a few details about yourself and your taxi you could make great savings. Due to changes in taxi regulations in 2000, the number of taxis in Dublin has rocketed to over 25,000. There are 79 taxi ranks in Dublin which are in service 24 hours per day. With such an increase in competition for custom the last thing you want to do is spend more on your taxi insurance. We compare prices from some of the best taxi insurance brokers in Ireland so you don’t have to. So use Paddy Compare and get yourself cheap taxi insurance in Ireland today.


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