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NATIONAL MAXIMUM TAXI FARE effective from 1st November 2008

Taxi Fare Standard Rate
08.00h to 20.00h

Taxi Fare Premium Rate
20.00h to 08.00h & Sundays / public holidays

Distance rate applies unless speed drops below 21km/h when time rate applies

INITIAL CHARGE
First 1km or 170 seconds

€4.10
Fixed

INITIAL CHARGE
First 1km or 170 seconds

€4.45
Fixed

TARIFF A
Next 14km or 40min
Up to €18.70

€1.03 per km
Or
€0.36 per min

TARIFF A
Next 14km or 40min
Up to €23.45

€1.35 per km
Or
€0.48 per min

TARIFF B
Next 15km or 42min
Up to €38.90

€1. 35 per km
Or
€0.48 per min

TARIFF B
Next 15km or 42min
Up to €47.05

€1.57 per km
Or
€0.55 per min

TARIFF C
Over 30km or 85min
Over €38.90

€1.77 per km
Or
€0.63 per min

TARIFF C
Over 30km or 85min
Over €47.05

€1. 77 per km
Or
€0.63 per min

EXTRA CHARGES (where relevant)
Booking fee €2.00
Second & additional passengers €1.00 each (two children under twelve equal one adult)

Road toll charges as applicable
Soiling charge €140.00

Tips at customer's discretion

Discounts at driver's discretion

A special premium rate applies between Christmas Eve 20:00h to St. Stephen's Day 08:00h and New Year's Eve 20:00h to New Year's Day 08:00h. During these periods Tariff C is applied immediately after the premium rate initial charge.

Initial Charge

The initial charge is the amount which appears on the meter at the beginning of the journey. This is €4.10 standard rate or €4.45 premium rate and includes an initial distance of one kilometre or a period of 170 seconds.

Further travel

After the distance or time that is 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. Once the taxi exceeds a certain speed, the fare is then 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. The changeover speed for the National Maximum Taxi Fare is just above 21 km/h.

The time-related rate for further travel applies at speeds below the changeover speed, this charge is uniform throughout the country, and is based on a graduated structure of three tariffs. Journeys that travel beyond the initial time or distance covered by the initial charge and that are short in distance and duration are subject to Tariff A, the lowest rate. For medium length journeys, the latter stages of the trip are charged at a higher rate: Tariff B. Very long journeys will have the end of the trip charged at Tariff C, the highest rate.

Tariffs

From 8.00h to 20.00h, the rates for Tariff A are €1.03 per km and €0.36 per minute for the next 14km or 40 minutes after the initial charge. At premium rates, travel within Tariff A is €1.35 per km or €0.48 per minute. This tariff together with the initial charge should not cost more than €18.70 (or €23.45 at premium rates) or exceed either 15km or 43 minutes.

When the initial charge and Tariff A are exceeded, the meter will record further travel on Tariff B. From 8.00h to 20.00h, the rates for Tariff B are €1.35 per km and €0.48 per minute. At premium rates, travel within Tariff B is €1.57 per km or €0.55 per minute. This tariff together with the initial charge and charges under Tariff A should not cost more than €38.90 (or €47.05 at premium rates) or exceed either 30km or 85 minutes.

Longer journeys in excess of Tariff B will be charged on the basis of the rates in Tariff C. Tariff C is not subject to any premium during unsocial hours, and is calculated on the basis of €1.77 per km or €0.63 per minute at all times.

It would not be reasonable or safe to demand taxi drivers to undertake journeys of unlimited distance, and so taxi drivers have the right to refuse journeys over 30km from the pick up point.

Premium Charge

A premium applies to taxi fares at certain times to encourage 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.

In addition to these unsocial hours the Commission for Taxi Regulation has authorised a special premium rate applicable to the festive public holiday periods of between 20-00 hours Christmas Eve to 08-00 hours St. Stephen's Day and between 20-00 hours New Year's Eve to 08-00 hours New Year's Day. During these periods Tariff C will operate immediately after the premium rate initial charge.

Extras

Booking charge

When a taxi is booked by telephone, email, fax, text, (or any method other than by hailing in the street or engaging at a taxi rank), taxi drivers are permitted to charge a maximum of €2.00 for such journeys. This charge does not apply to taxis hailed on the street or engaged at taxi ranks or at transport terminals.

Extra passenger charge

An additional charge of €1.00 may be charged by taxi drivers for each additional passenger. Two children under twelve will be charged as one adult. Note that if there is only a single child in the vehicle under the age of 12 years they are deemed to be the hirer. Extra children under 12: 1 free, 2nd or 3rd €1.00; 4th or 5th € 2.00; 6th or 7th €3.00 etc.

Road toll charges

Where a road toll charge is necessarily incurred on a trip, the exact cost of the toll may be added to the taxi fare. Any tolls charged must be recorded in handwriting on the receipt printed by the printer attached to the taximeter.

Tips

Customers may give tips to reward good service at their discretion. Tips may be recorded in handwriting on the receipt.

Discounts

Drivers may give discounts on fares. The driver has the right to charge the maximum amount calculated on the meter or a lesser sum at his or her discretion. Customers have the right to request discounts before engaging the taxi. Any discounts given may be recorded in handwriting on the receipt. In the absence of any arrangement on discounts agreed in advance, the customer is liable to pay the amount calculated by the meter in full.

Waiver

When a journey is pre-booked, customers may waive their right to have a particular journey charged on the meter. In this situation a prior written agreement must be signed by both the driver and the passenger. This is known as a waiver agreement and must be agreed by driver and passenger in advance at the booking stage.

Soiling charge

A soiling charge is payable to drivers in order to compensate them for the potentially significant costs incurred by drivers or operators in having the vehicle cleaned and the consequent loss of earnings during the period in which the vehicle is being cleaned. To discourage such soiling and compensate drivers or operators, a soiling charge of €140 applies as part of the National Maximum Taxi Fare.

Extras that may not be charged

Luggage

The Commission for Taxi Regulation is of the view that the carrying of luggage is an integral part of an SPSV service and is reflected in the basic charge. In addition there is now a significant diversity in the type of bags and goods carried by passengers which can lead to disputes in relation to the interpretation of what constitutes luggage. In the interest of transparency and simplicity no additional charge is permitted for any type of luggage or mobility aids.

Animals

The carrying of animals will be at the discretion of the driver but no charge will apply where animals are carried. The driver will not have the right to refuse to carry an assistance (guide) dog unless on certified medical grounds.

Miscellaneous charges

Charges, including charges for extra stops, and charges for hiring at the rank at Dublin Airport are not permitted under the National Maximum Taxi Fare.

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