mytaxi is offering a total of €1 million in incentives to the first 500 drivers who pass the test needed to enter the taxi sector and drive for mytaxi, the e-hailing app has announced.

The €2,000 per-driver offer is available to the first 500 who pass the Small Public Service Vehicles (SPSV) entry test using the new mytaxi online manual and become active mytaxi drivers.

Tim Arnold, General Manager of mytaxi Ireland, said: “This announcement is intended to boost our taxi fleet by as much as 5% by early next year and is another big push by us to increase taxi supply in Ireland to meet the surging demand. In 2016 three drivers retired from the industry for every new driver who passed the SPSV test – we badly need to reverse this trend and recruit more drivers to service huge customer demand, especially at peak times. We are continuing to call on potential taxi drivers to consider the real career possibilities that are on offer by entering the sector and we’re keen to provide them with our financial and technical support to do so.”

The €2,000 offer is broken into two parts. The €1000 reward covers €90 for the SPSV test fee, €250 for the SPSV licenses, with the balance to be used at the taxi driver’s discretion to cover other setup costs associated such as car rental or purchase, smartphone purchase, and insurance. The €1000 payment will be made to drivers in four instalments of €250 per week for the first four weeks, once they become an active mytaxi driver.

The second part of €1000 is an additional sign-up bonus that a driver can earn on completion of 60 jobs per week after the first 4 weeks with mytaxi. Drivers must pass the SPSV industry entry test before January 31, 2018.

As part of this initiative, drivers will also receive free training for the SPSV test using the new mytaxi online manual, with the platform already helping drivers to pass the test. Tommy Connolly, the first applicant to pass using the facility, said: “I used the mytaxi manual, passed the test and I would say to other drivers wanting to enter the sector, if you’re serious about passing the test, the mytaxi manual is absolutely perfect. It’s easy to use and understand, and helps you study with purpose – it is a huge help.”

The innovative learning platform incorporates the use of spaced repetition which automatically helps focus users on questions where they are weak. mytaxi has developed the material with the help of data from 20 million Dublin taxi journeys to identify the most important locations for taxi drivers to know. 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. mytaxi partnered with intelligent learning platform Synap to develop the manual.

The online resource is available to anyone free of charge, on condition they sign up to drive with mytaxi once they pass the SPSV test which mytaxi also pays for. The content available helps users prepare for both the Dublin Area Knowledge and Industry Knowledge parts.

All aspiring taxi drivers can visit for more information.

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