Tipperary public transport Minister of State, Alan Kelly, is encouraging community groups in isolated areas to start applying for the newly introduced Local Area Hackney License, or Rural Hackney licence.
The licence, which is designed to facilitate low-cost entry into the taxi sector for isolated rural areas, will cost just €70 between the vehicle and drivers’ licence and will be introduced on a pilot basis.
Applications can now be made to the National Transport Authority (NTA) but areas or community groups seeking one will have to demonstrate a transport deficit for their area. An information note has been published on the website of the NTA (see www.nationaltransport.ie for more info).
Applicants for the license will be required to be sanctioned by a local business or community group and need to demonstrate that their area has a deficit of public transport and taxi services.
This will require the approval of the local authority.