Taxi fares are set to rise 12 per cent as card payment options come into effect within days

All taxis must accept card payments from passengers under new legislation that comes into effect next week.

The move sees taxi drivers for the first time legally required to accept credit and debit card payments from passengers, effective Thursday 1 September, while cash payments will also continue to be accepted.

The NTA said 92 per cent of taxi drivers in Ireland already voluntarily have payment card terminals in their taxis.

Taxi prices will also increase by an average of 12 percent from the same date. The fare increase is weighted across time bands throughout the day and also takes into account fare distance.

The higher fare increases for peak periods and night-time distances will encourage more drivers to serve the night economy, the National Transport Authority (NTA) said.

The price hikes come as a result of the increase in operating costs taxi drivers have experienced since 2018 “particularly in terms of fuel costs,” the NTA said.

The increase ranges from around 60-80 cents to as much as €4 depending on the time of day, day of the week and distance of the fare.

Taxi drivers are also not allowed to add surcharges to card payments and must present passengers with the legal taxi ticket from the taximeter, which shows passengers the exact fare throughout the journey.

This move follows extensive public consultation and the start of the Small Public Service Vehicle Regulations 2022.

For full details of the fare and rule changes, as well as a fare estimator, visit: Taxi fares are set to rise 12 per cent as card payment options come into effect within days

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