Taxi Driver Periodic Training has been introduced in Northern Ireland from the 1st September 2015. The purpose of periodic training is to raise the standards of the taxi industry and to develop the current skills of taxi drivers.
Taxi Drivers in Northern Ireland will not be able to renew their taxi driver licence until they have completed the required amount of periodic training which must include at least one Disability Awareness course of a minimum of 3.5 hours.
The table below sets out the total number of hours of periodic training taxi drivers will be required to complete.
|Date Taxi Driver Licence Expires||Number of Training Hours that must be completed for Licence renewal|
|1st September 2015 – 31st August 2016||Nil|
|1st September 2016 – 31st August 2017||7 Hours|
|1st September 2017 – 31st August 2018||14 Hours|
|1st September 2018 – 31st August 2019||21 Hours|
|1st September 2019 – 31st August 2020||28 Hours|
|1st September 2020 onwards||35 Hours|
Once this initial period is over all taxi drivers will be subject to the full requirement i.e. 35 hours every five years.
Taxi Driver Periodic Training courses must be a minimum 3.5 hours in duration or multiples of 3.5 hours.