Becoming a taxi entrepreneur
The taxi entrepreneur operates in a service business where the key is finding suitable solutions for the customers’ mobility needs. There are taxi companies of different sizes in Finland, most of them employing the entrepreneur and one or two other drivers. In other words, most entrepreneurs also drive a taxi in their companies.
Being a taxi entrepreneur is a combination of freedom and responsibility. At the same time, it provides a great opportunity to tailor the entrepreneurship in the desired way. The customers of taxi companies include private consumers, businesses and public sector entities, such as municipalities.
Operating as a taxi entrepreneur and a taxi driver requires a licence:
Even if the taxi entrepreneurs do not drive the taxi themselves, they still need a taxi licence granted by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency Traficom. Furthermore, Traficom also has to be informed of goods traffic, if the intention is to also carry out only goods transports with the taxi.
If the taxi entrepreneurs drive the taxi themselves, they also need a taxi driver licence.
The taxi licence is granted for ten years at a time. Read about applying for the licence and the obligations of taxi companies here.
The conditions for granting the licence include, for example:
- legal capacity;
- good repute;
- ability to meet financial obligations
- establishment in Finland
- Business Identity Code
- professional competence: The applicant or their transport manager must have successfully completed the taxi transport entrepreneurial training and related exam
- Transport manager (when applicant is a legal person): The transport manager must effectively and continuously manage the company’s business activities and represent the company. Under a taxi transport licence, a person cannot act as a transport manager solely on the basis of an agreement.
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