Guide

Setting up and running a taxi service

Introduction

Operating a taxi service is one of the most popular forms of self-employment in Northern Ireland. There are over 10,000 taxis currently operating across the province, providing an important service and a base of stable jobs in the local economy.

The taxi sector has recently undergone a series of reforms to simplify licensing systems. It is important to know exactly what is required if you are thinking of setting up a taxi service, whether as an independent driver, or a business to operate a fleet of taxis.

If you are planning to set up and run a taxi business in Northern Ireland, there are a number of legal requirements that you must comply with.

You must:

  • have a Taxi Operator Licence
  • ensure that all drivers who work for you are licensed taxi drivers
  • ensure that all vehicles in your fleet are licensed taxis

Taxi licensing rules apply to anyone who operates a taxi business in Northern Ireland.

This guide explains the taxi licensing procedure and what you are required to do once your licence is granted.