16 April 2020
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon confirms automatic renewal of licences for taxi industry in COVID-19 response
Taxi vehicle licences which have expired or will expire during the current health emergency will be automatically renewed.
The move ensures that vehicles that have previously been tested and deemed suitable to operate as taxis can continue to operate at this time. The Minister had previously announced all vehicles with MOTs due will be given temporary exemption certificates, however new legislation was required to temporarily exempt taxis from taxi vehicle tests.
The automatic renewal will apply to all existing licences that expire between 10 March and 9 October 2020, unless normal testing can resume before this date.
New licences will be issued by the Driver and Vehicle Agency to all affected vehicles over the coming weeks and they should be carried in the taxi at all times.
Owners or drivers will be required to ensure that their vehicle complies with statutory requirements, is appropriately insured and is maintained in a roadworthy condition. In addition, vehicles should not have been significantly altered or modified since their last inspection, and for the duration of the licence. They should also continue to display their existing plates and signs. A breach of these conditions may lead to revocation of the licence.
First published 16 April 2020