Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Questions (623, 652)

Patrick O'Donovan

Question:

623. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport if he will appoint external auditors to certify that the knowledge tests currently being undertaken by those applicants requiring SPSV licences are accurate and that the replies which are being offered in the multiple choice elements are correct; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [14804/14]

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Peadar Tóibín

Question:

652. Deputy Peadar Tóibín asked the Minister for Transport; Tourism and Sport if he will detail the questions which were answered correctly and incorrectly by a person (details supplied) in their last taxi test. [15359/14]

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Written answers (Question to Transport)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 623 and 652 together.

The National Transport Authority (NTA) has responsibility for the regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry under the provisions of the Public Transport Regulation Act, 2009, including responsibility for administering the SPSV Entry Test, which includes both the Industry Knowledge and the Area Knowledge Tests.

I have referred the Deputies' questions to the NTA for direct reply. Will they please advise my private office if they do not receive a reply within ten working days.