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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.

Are you a window cleaner? Compare Insurance today!

Paddy Compare has been offering public liability insurance for some time, with a number of established brokers providing competitive quotes for your business. Window cleaning often interfaces with the general public; whether you’re cleaning windows for shop owners or for domestic customers, you may need to window cleaning insurance.

So if you’re a window cleaner and would like to get a great deal on your liability insurance, try Paddy Compare today, for all your Irish comparison needs!

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Builder Insurance from Paddy Compare

Builders can be involved in many projects, be self-employed, work for construction firms, be a sub contractor or run their own business, therefore each builders insurance policy can be very different.

Paddy Compare has recently launched it’s builder insurance service, to help you get the cheapest quotes on builders liability insurance. We are working with some fantastic brokers across Ireland, so try us today and see how much you can save!

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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.

Oil slump cuts costs for Irish households

Commuters will have noticed the difference at the pumps, as global oil prices have fallen significantly in recent weeks. Although the reductions are significantly diluted by VAT and duty, it is reported that oil stabilising at 70 USD per barrel in 2015 could result in savings of €120/year, and that’s before heating oil cost savings are accounted for.

Brent Crude Oil is the name given to the lightweight, low sulphur oil produced in the North Sea, and serves as a major benchmark price for purchases of oil worldwide. The price has dropped from $80 to around $60 per barrel in the past month, and that’s down from $115 in June. Weak economic activity, increasing efficiency, political turmoil, increased production in the USA and decisions of Saudi Arabia and it’s oil producing neighbours not to curb production are all factors that have led to the decline.

Price falls like this have more knock-on effects on production. Extraction from North American shale and Canadian sands is expensive (up to $100/barrel to break even), and hence less favourable during such times. On the other hand, it costs just $5-6 to extract oil from the extensive, shallow fields in Saudi Arabia.

How are the falling oil prices affecting you? Will it stay this way?

SPSV Vehicle Licence – How to become taxi driver

Paddy Compare’s guides give useful guidance on insurance-related topics in Ireland. The latest addition to this page is an update on the ‘How to become a taxi driver’ guide which we published recently.

It gives information on the process of applying for both a Public Service Vehicle Licence (taxi plate), and a SPSV Driver Licence, along with costs and links to more information and relevant forms. We hope you find this to be useful if you are thinking of becoming a taxi driver in Dublin, or wish to know the cost of being a taxi driver anywhere in Ireland.

The article can be found by clicking here.

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

 

 


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