You must have been issued with a Taxi Operator Licence from the Driver Vehicle Agency (DVA) to run a taxi service. This applies to sole traders, registered companies and partnerships, provided that the business is located in Northern Ireland.
All taxi drivers are required to either:
- apply for a Taxi Operator Licence
- work for a licensed taxi operator
There are two types of operator’s licence:
- small operator - can only list up to two taxis on the licence
- large operator - can operate any number of taxis as long as these are listed on the licence
A licensed operator will be required to meet a number of conditions in order to retain their licence.
Operating a taxi business without a licence is illegal.
You don’t need a taxi operator licence if you provide:
- transport solely for weddings
- courtesy transport as part of another business which is not a taxi business, eg a funeral undertaker