If you are a regular VIPTaxis user, then you already know we always strive to provide a high-quality reliable service to all our customers and ensure they have the best and safest commuter experience. What you may not know though, is that the cost of running a taxi business has increased over the past couple of years. The last taxi fare increase was back in 2015.

Proposed Fare Increase

Since then, all taxi companies across Ireland have felt the impact of the increase in costs, which includes buying petrol or diesel, and the upkeep of the cars. Noticing these changes in the industry, in July 2017, the Taxi Advisory Committee estimated that the price of running a taxi has risen by 3.2%, and recommended taxi fares should rise accordingly.
The NTA took the proposal under advisory. After a long and thorough consultation process, which included public advertising, publication of the proposal, a submission period and consultations with prescribed parties, the NTA signed off on the price rise last September.

New Taxis Fares, Starting 1 February

Starting from 1st of February, the price increase took effect, making the prices slightly higher for all taxi passengers across Ireland.
The maximum fare will go up for standard and premium charges; Tariff A standard and premium fares, and Tariff B fares.
Let us look at the taxi fare charges before and after the increase:
Existing Maximum Fare (before 1 February 2018)
Initial Charge: (Standard, 8am – 8pm): €3.60
Initial Charge: Premium, 8pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays):€4
Tariff A – Up to 15kms: (Standard, 8am – 8pm): €1.10 per km, €0.39 per minute
Tariff A – Up to 15kms: (Premium, 8pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays): €1.40 per km €0.49 per minute
Tariff B – Over 15kms: (Standard, 8am – 8pm): €1.45 per km, €0.51 per minute
Tariff B – Up to 15kms: (Premium, 8pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays): €1.75 per km €0.62 per minute.
New Maximum Fare (as of 1 February 2018)
Initial Charge: (Standard, 8am – 8pm): €3.80
Initial Charge: Premium, 8pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays):€4.20
Tariff A – Up to 15kms: (Standard, 8am – 8pm): €1.14 per km, €0.40 per minute
Tariff A – Up to 15kms: (Premium, 8pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays): €1.45 per km €0.51 per minute
Tariff B – Over 15kms: (Standard, 8am – 8pm): €1.50 per km, €0.53 per minute
Tariff B – Up to 15kms: (Premium, 8pm – 8am, Sundays and Bank Holidays): €1.80 per km €0.64 per minute.

How It Affects Taxi Companies

The rise of taxi fares is also high for taxi companies. After the fares go up, all taxi meters have to be recalibrated to adjust to the new fare system, which can cost up to €100 per meter. After the recalibration, the meters will be checked by the National Standards Authority of Ireland’s Legal Metrology Service, which adds a €86 further cost, and has to be done by the NSAI’s chosen “accredited verifier”.
The penalties for not adjusting can be costly. An incorrectly calibrated taxi meter can make the driver liable to a fine of €250. Moreover, if the device is not “sealed” by an accredited verifier, a fine of €80 applies.
The change of taxi fares is affecting both taxi users and taxi providers alike. But, we hope that in time, the increase of taxi fares will help the industry recover and offer even better service to clients.
We ask our passengers to be understanding and keep riding with us. We will continue to dedicate ourselves into delivering impeccable and timely service, as always.