The Manual: A study guide for the (taxi licence) SPSV Exam

The Manual is FREE NOW’s online training resource to help aspiring taxi drivers like you become an accredited SPSV (small public service vehicle) operator and start a career as a taxi driver in Ireland.


What is The Manual?

To become a licensed taxi driver in Ireland, you must be a certified SPSV driver and you must first pass the entry test. 

The Manual is FREENOW's online training resource and study guide to help aspiring taxi drivers like you become accredited an SPSV (Small Public Service Vehicle) operator and start a career as a taxi driver in Ireland.

This is the ultimate online revision platform (WORTH €500 and available to you for FREE) to help you prepare more effectively for the SPSV test.

How to become a licenced taxi driver in Ireland?

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    Study with The Manual

    If you study everyday, you will be ready for your test in ONLY 5 weeks!

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    Book and pass your exam

    Now that you’re well prepared, it’s time to book and pass your test with the National Transport Authority.

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    Apply for your SPSV taxi licences

    Apply for your SPSV Driver Licence (must have passed) and your SPSV Vehicle Licence (if you own your own vehicle)

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    Get set up on the FREE NOW app

    When you're ready to hit the road we’re here to help. We’ll show you how to get set up on the app and help you with your first steps.


+3000 students passed the SPSV exam with the help of The Manual


Here's a quick overview of our study platform!

The manual online driver training platform is broken up into two sections: Area and Industry Knowledge.

  • Area knowledge is broken down into 14 chapters with over 500+ questions. -
  • Industry knowledge is broken down into 7 chapters and has a total of 150+ questions.

Each chapter is related to specific questions that arise in the SPSV test and the majority of the questions in the manual have appeared in the test before.

What areas can I study?

We are always working on adding in new areas. We currently offer the manual in several counties in Ireland:

Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Wicklow, Sligo, Louth, Kildare, and Kilkenny.

We also have an industry study section if we don’t have the area you are looking for.

The Manual Bonus

We’re offering all new drivers who have passed their SPSV entry test with the aid of The Manual an opportunity to earn €500 bonus! Getting started in a new career isn’t always easy but this bonus should help get you on the road. Must apply and complete the first trip by March 17th, 2024.



The decision to start a career as a taxi driver can be a big one and you might have some questions. Take a look at our FAQs and if you don’t find the answer you need, get in touch with us.

Chat with The Manual team

Reach out to chat with a member of the team: manual@free-now.com