€6,000 funding available to drivers under pilot programme.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) is making funding available for the provision of localised hackney services in each of 15 Local Link* areas nationwide.

Under a pilot scheme, the NTA is offering grant funding of €6,000 to individual drivers, over twelve months to operate a localised hackney service in each of the areas.

The areas included in the pilot programme were selected by the NTA in conjunction with Local Link offices, as ones where a full time taxi or hackney service may not be currently sustainable. Applications for the funding are now being accepted by NTA.

Plans for this pilot programme were first announced in May of this year by Minister for Transport Tourism and Sport Shane Ross and the Minister of State with responsibility for Sport and Tourism, Brendan Griffin, along with the NTA.

The announcement was made in response to the low take-up under the Local Area Hackney Scheme which was first introduced in December 2013. The pilot programme announced this week seeks to simplify the application process and make the provision of a service in rural areas sustainable.

The outcome of this pilot programme will help inform NTA’s local transport plans over the next five years. The 15 designated areas are:


Cork, Adrigole area

Donegal, Lettermacaward

Galway, Dunmore

Kerry, Glencar

Kildare, Kilberry area

Kilkenny, Windgap

Laois, Shanahoe area

Limerick, Martinstown/Ballinvrena area

Longford, Cullyfad

Mayo, Louisburgh area

Meath, Cormeen area

Monaghan, Newbliss

Tipperary, Annacarty

Waterford, Knockanore

Wexford, Ballyfad


NTA spokesperson said: “If you are interested in providing this vital local service to your community and if you have a vehicle that meets the basic requirements, we would like to hear from you. You don’t even have to be a current holder of a Small Public Service Vehicle driver licence to apply. Further information and application forms are available at Alternatively you can call the SPSV Information Line on 0761 064 000 or go to your nearest Local Link office.”


* Local Link is the NTA’s rural transport programme, offering approximately 1,000 subsidised public bus services in rural areas around Ireland. Local Link is operated and managed for the NTA by 15 local offices throughout the country.