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.
If you study everyday, you will be ready for your test in ONLY 5 weeks!
Now that you’re well prepared, it’s time to book and pass your test with the National Transport Authority. We have a €500 BONUS waiting for you once you pass the test!*
Apply for your SPSV Driver Licence (must have passed) and your SPSV Vehicle Licence (if you own your own vehicle)
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The manual online driver training platform is broken up into two sections: Area and Industry Knowledge.
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.
Visit the National Transport Authority website to learn more about getting your SPSV licence and becoming a taxi driver in Ireland.
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If you wish to become a licensed taxi driver in Ireland, you must be a certified SPSV driver and you must first pass the entry test.
The first step of this journey is preparing for the SPSV Entry test. The FREE NOW Manual is one of the most comprehensive learning platforms around. It’s got all the resources you need to pass the test, and it’s a free to use service.
FREE NOW Manual incorporates the use of spaced repetition which automatically helps you focus on weak questions. This modern approach utilises embedded Google Street View and Google Maps content to provide visual context for users while preparing for the difficult entrance exam.
The SPSV entry test covers both Industry and Area knowledge:
Industry knowledge: This section of the test covers everything from SPSV regulations, fares, charges, vehicle knowledge and customer service.
Area knowledge: Area knowledge will be specific to the county that you wish to operate in. This section covers everything from national roads and motorways, urban districts and places of interests.
When you have passed the SPSV entry test and have got Garda Síochána clearance you will be issued with a driver display card (Dashboard ID) and a smart card indicating that you are a certified driver.
Now that you’re well prepared, it’s time to book and pass your test! We’ve laid out all the information needed to get yourself booked in.
You can book and pay for your test over the phone on 0818 064 000. Before you book though you will need the following:
You will need:
Let us know when you booked your test so we can send you additional tips and resources!
Paying for your test
The €90 test fee is paid over the phone with a credit or debit card.
If you have any special requirements please state this at time of booking. You will be notified by post or email of the date, time, and location of your test.
When successful you’ll receive your PSV Skills Development Certificate on the day, this is used to apply for SPSV Driving and Vehicle Licence application.
So, you’ve sat your SPSV entry test and hopefully passed. Well done! Now you’re probably wondering what to do next?
If you want to operate an Small Public Service Vehicle (taxis, WAV taxis, hackneys, local area hackneys, WAV hackneys and limousines), you must hold a valid SPSV driver and vehicle licence.
You must have the following licences to operate as an SPSV driver in Ireland:
In Ireland there are two governing bodies in charge of allocating these licences: An Garda Síochána and the NTA.
More information on how to apply to each of these licenses can be found https://free-now.com/ie/getting-your-licence/
When do I get paid?
You will be paid the full sum of €500 in one instalment up front after you complete your 1st job on FREE NOW. By clicking “Agree”, you accept the terms & conditions of this bonus.