Minister Alan Kelly today launched a new Taxi Driver Check Smartphone App, devised by the National Transport Authority.
The App allows a passenger to check the licence details of both the vehicle and the driver, and to see an ID photo of the authorised driver.
The passenger is then able to simply forward these details (minus the photo) to a friend – all of which will reassure taxi customers that they are travelling safely, and that there is a record of their trip.
All details can be checked by a customer before they get in the vehicle.
Minister Kelly said: “I am delighted that the Taxi Driver Check App is now available. We are
using technology to give consumers more confidence in the taxi sector and make the public
feel safer when travelling in a taxi. For drivers it will promote greater professionalism and
accountability and the data is already public record but being made accessible to the public
in an easy way,”
“As part of the Department’s recent Taxi Regulation Review, I promised a safety and security
measure so the public would feel safer when travelling in taxis in Ireland and this App will
address those concerns. It was one of my top priorities following the taxi review It is a
welcome step forward for both drivers and consumers alike. It will assist in improving the
taxi experience and make people more likely to use a taxi,” added the Minister.
The App is easy to use; all a consumer has to do is launch it on their phone, and then input
one of the following:
1) Ordinary vehicle registration number;
2) Vehicle licence number – displayed on roof-sign and on door signs;
3) Driver licence number (displayed on the ID card on the dashboard of the vehicle); or
4) Scan the QR code on the vehicle which is located on a disc on both the front and rear
On first use, consumers will be asked to register their own contact details, to enable sending
a quick message to a friend from a cab, and to assist in following up any subsequent reports
they may submit.
Approximately 70% of taxi vehicles are registered with the database and members of the
public are being asked to assist making this 100%.
“The fact is that people will begin walking away from taxis which return a “No details
available” screen on the App so I would call on drivers to ensure they are on the database.
The National Transport Authority is enforcing the regulations by imposing the fixed charge
fine of €40 on drivers who have not registered. Consumers will be helping with this by
pressing the “Report” button option on any “No details available” screen they get on the
App”, stated Minister Kelly.
This App is being made available by the National Transport Authority and is free to download
from Apple’s App Store and the Android’s Google Play Store.
For more information visit http://www.transportforIreland.ie
Sad to see there is no windows phone application for this but there we have it.