Glossary of terms
Like many other areas taxis, hackneys and limousinestend to have a language of their own. Many of theterms used are complex. This glossary is an attemptto simplify and explain some of the terms used inthis document.
The Advisory Council to theCommission for Taxi Regulation was establishedunder Part 4 of the Taxi Regulation Act 2003to advise the Commission in relation to matterspertaining to Small Public Service Vehicles (SPSV
Taxi fares can be calculatedby either distance travelled or time elapsed, butnot both. The changeover speed is the speed atwhich the calculation moves from distance totime, or vice versa.
Where the term Commission is usedin this document, it refers to the Commission for TaxiRegulation, an independent public body establishedunder the Taxi Regulation Act 2003, responsible forthe regulation of taxis, hackneys and limousines. Itshould also be noted that the terms
Commission for Taxi Regulation, Taxi Regulator
are one and the same and tend to be usedinterchangeably.
These include a range of additional chargesfor items, such as, additional passengers, luggageor telephone bookings.
This sets out how the fare in therelevant taximeter area is calculated. Fare cardsmust be displayed in all taxis.
This is the actual amount which ischarged for each of the components that makeup the fare structure.
This refers to the various componentsthat, taken together, make up the method by whicha taxi fare is calculated.
A Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV)licensed to carry up to eight passengers whichmust be booked privately and cannot ply for hireon the street or at taxi ranks. As a hackney is notsubject to fare control, the fare must be agreedin advance by the customer.
The initial charge for hiring a taxi.It is often combined with a charge for an initialdistance travelled. The two together are knownas the minimum fare.
Legal Metrology Service
The Legal MetrologyService is part of the National Standards Authorityof Ireland (NSAI) and is the body responsible forenforcing laws in relation to measuring instruments,including the taximeter, which calculates the faresin taxis.
This is the maximum amount whichcan be charged by a taxi driver while operating ina taximeter area. To date, the maximum fare hasbeen set by local authorities. However, this powertransferred to the Commission for Taxi Regulationon 26th September 2005.
The rate per mile or kilometrecharged for trips that exceed the basic allowance fortime and distance incorporated in the minimum fare.
This is a term used to indicatethe amount charged for hiring the vehicle andsometimes includes an initial distance charge.It is the amount that appears on the meter whena taxi is
rst engaged. Taxis are not required tocharge any minimum fare, in the sense of a legalminimum charge.
Commission for Taxi Regulation
Taximeter areas and taxi fares