The National Transport Authority (NTA) said over 3,000 taxi licenses are currently dormant across the country as it tries to encourage drivers to return to the industry.
Chief Executive Officer Anne Graham said there are currently 19,145 active taxi vehicles and 25,327 active drivers nationwide.
Speaking on RTÉ’s This Week radio show, Ms Graham said the NTA had issued around 900 new licenses over the last year, which she said shows people are returning to the industry.
“A large percentage of them would be active, we would have done some surveys back in July and August and a large proportion of them are now returning. We have just over 3,000 inactive licenses that have not yet returned to the industry,” she said.
“What we have seen is yes, demand for travel has increased but the number of people returning to the industry is still about 10 per cent lower than pre-Covid levels. We try to encourage as many of the inactive licenses to keep as many in the industry as possible.”
NXT Taxis chief executive Vincent Kearns said the industry is not attracting enough young drivers. Mr Kearns said there were now 30 per cent fewer vehicles on the road compared to pre-Covid times.
“For that there has to be easy access to the profession, in other words if a driver applies to be a taxi driver they can apply, take the test, get checked and have their license within a month or two. ‘ he told the same show.
“Currently it can take up to eight or ten months. When people change jobs, they don’t wait like eight or 10 months for a license.”
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