The regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) sector is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013. Also, under this Act, An Garda Síochána (AGS) is responsible for the granting of SPSV driver licences which includes the administration of the associated Garda vetting process.
In this respect, decisions regarding the detail as to how these procedures are administered are matters for the NTA and An Garda Síochána. As the NTA is a Body operating under my aegis, I am referring this question to them for direct reply. Please inform my private office if you have not received an answer within 10 working days.