I propose to take Questions Nos. 159 and 165 together.
It is my intention to establish an independent procurement and regulatory body for public transport. My priority for public transport regulatory reform is the establishment of this body. Such an independent body should be established on a national basis.
I am mindful of the significant work under way on the integration of land use and transport through the drawing up of regional planning guidelines by regional authorities having regard to the national spatial strategy. In light of this development, I am reviewing my proposals for a greater Dublin land use and transport authority.
The Taxi Regulation Act 2003 provides the legislative basis for the establishment of a commission for taxi regulation. Given that the legislation has been enacted so recently and the onerous tasks that it is faced with, I do not consider it appropriate, at this stage, to amalgamate this role with the regulation of the public transport market.