Taxi Fares Raised By 3.2%

31 Jan 2018 | 08.47 am

Taxi Fares Raised By 3.2%

Hike effective from February 1

31 Jan 2018 | 08.47 am

Taxi fares across Ireland will increase by 3.2% with effect from tomorrow, February 1. The hike was sanctioned by the National Transport Authority last September.

Noel Ebbs (pictured), CEO of Lynk taxis, commented: “At Lynk we’re welcoming the fare increase as it will improve the income for our drivers. Many drivers say the increase will not be enough to offset increased insurance, tax and fuel costs. Drivers will also have to pay approx. €200 to recalibrate their meters. We believe our customers will accept the slight increase in their individual fares.”

Meanwhile, the Department of Transport has launched a new Electric SPSV Grant Scheme to encourage increased uptake of electric vehicles in the Taxi/Hackney/Limousine sector.

Grants of up to €7,000 will be available for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and up to €3,500 for plug-in hybrid vehicles (PHEVs). The Electric SPSV Grant can also be used alongside other EV incentives including the EV Home Charger Grant, which was launched on 1 January 2018.  The EV Home Charger Grant scheme provides a grant of up to €600 towards the purchase and installation of a home charger unit for eligible EV drivers.

The Electric SPSV Grant Scheme is now open for applications and is being administered by the National Transport Authority. Further information is available from www.nationaltransport.ie.

The package of measures announced in Budget 2018 to drive uptake in electric vehicle (EV) ownership includes:

• the continuation of the EV purchase Grant (of up to €5,000)

• the continuation of VRT relief (of up to €5,000)

• a new benefit in kind rate of 0% for battery electric vehicles for a minimum of three years

• a new grant to support the installation of home charger points for buyers of new and second-hand EVs

• a new grant to support the use of EVs as taxis, hackneys and limousines

• funding to support the operation and development of the public charging network with a specific emphasis on increasing the number of rapid chargers

• funding to support a reduction in tolls for EVs.

 

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