The Driver Vehicle Agency has a primary responsibility for the enforcement of relevant legislation pertaining to the use of Taxis on Northern Irelands roads.
Enforcement Officers have powers to stop and inspect these vehicles at any time even whilst carrying passengers. This is to ensure that vehicles are maintained in a suitable roadworthy condition and that drivers and their vehicle are appropriately licensed.
If your vehicle is stopped you may be delayed for a short period whilst a number of checks are completed. These may include checks with regard to:
- Public Service Vehicle Licence
- Insurance Certificate
- Taxi Driving Licence
- Taxi Plating
- Specialist equipment carried (taxi roof sign, fire extinguisher etc)
Spot checks are also carried out on taxi depots. Taxi depots are not subject to Public Service Vehicle regulation in Northern Ireland at present, however anyone who knowingly employs the use of an unlicensed or uninsured taxi or driver to transport fare-paying passengers may be liable to prosecution.
Illegal taxis place passengers at unnecessary risk. If you have information which would assist in the detection of an illegal taxi operator you can contact the taxi enforcement team via the e mail addresses provided or alternatively speak to a taxi enforcement officer in confidence by telephoning
e-mail compliance at firstname.lastname@example.org
e-mail enforcement at email@example.com