Environment Minister Mark H Durkan today announced important changes which will affect the way taxis are licensed and used from 31 May 2016.
The changes include:
- four new classes of Taxi Licence, A, B, C, and D will replace the existing PSV licence categories;
- a new two mile Belfast Zone – an area of roughly 2 miles radius from Belfast City Centre;
- more flexibility and choice for consumers, especially helping those trying to get a taxi at peak times on Friday and Saturday nights and public holidays in the Belfast Zone;
- a better service for people with disabilities;
- Class A and B taxis will need taximeters and printers and a new Fare Card must be displayed; and
a new style taxi test.
Mark H Durkan said: “What consumers want is a modern well regulated taxi service which they can access much easier at peak times, easier access for people with disabilities, where the fares are clearly indicated and where a maximum fare prevails. What I am doing is exactly that. I am modernising and improving the regulations for the taxi industry including licensing requirements, accessibility standards and installation of taximeters and imposition of maximum fares. Anyone trying to hail a taxi from midnight on a Friday or Saturday night within the Belfast Zone will be able to do so by waving down established private hire taxi firms rather than having to pre-book.
“In effect, these changes will mean that people in the North will get a much better taxi service. My Department will now write to all taxi drivers and operators to advise them of the changes which will be introduced as part of the implementation of the Taxis Act (Northern Ireland) 2008.”
More detailed information on the changes is available on nidirect:at