Dublin West Fianna Fáil Councillor David McGuinness expresses concern over changes to the inheritance of taxi licences. Since March 2014, taxi-licence holders are required to return the S15 form to the National Transport Authority which nominates a person to inherit a taxi licence in the event of the licence-holder’s death. However, in the event of an untimely death, where the S15 form has not been returned, the family of the deceased have no right to inherit the licence.
“A family approached me late in 2014 following the untimely death of their Mother. The deceased owned a taxi licence and had it leased out. Following a short illness, the licence holder unexpectedly died and her family discovered that no S15 form was returned to the National Transport Authority. The man who was driving the taxi is now effectively out of work and the family in question have lost their source of income,” outlined McGuinness.
“The licence was bought at a time when licences were selling for close to £80,000 and was initially inherited by the Mother when her husband passed away. This family has been hit on the double with their property rights being ignored. I understand the children of the deceased are in contact with Taxi-Driver representatives with a view to taking a test case to see if the new laws, passed under then Junior Minister for Transport Alan Kelly, are constitutional,” said McGuinness.
“From discussions with Taxi Drivers here in Blanchardstown, I am strongly of the view that many current licence holders are not fully aware of the implications of these new changes to the inheritance of taxi licences and many drivers have not returned the S15 form to the NTA. This issue has been raised through a parliamentary question, on my behalf, in Dáil Éireann but this may be the first case where an untimely death has lead to the loss of a taxi licence in this state,” concluded McGuinness.