Taxi lost property
It is not unusual for passengers to leave items such as umbrellas, gloves or mobile phones behind when they get out of a taxi or hackney. If this happens to you, here’s what to do:
- If you booked your cab through a dispatch operator, contact the dispatch operator as soon as possible: they may be able to help you get your property back.
- If the driver cannot return the item to you directly, they will generally hand it in to their nearest Garda station.
Click here to view contact details for the Garda stations around the country.
An Garda Síochána is responsible for lost property handed in by SPSV operators. When property is handed in, it is
retained by the Gardaí for 31 days to enable the owner to reclaim it. You should contact your local Garda Station who
can advise you if it has been handed in to any Garda station.
The Gardaí have a better chance of retrieving your property if you can provide them with the licence number of the cab you were in – this is shown on your receipt.
If the item has not been handed in when you first make the enquiry, it may be worthwhile to ask again a week or so later, as the driver might not hand the item in immediately after it has been found.
The Gardaí will ask you for proof of identity before handing over any property.