As the Deputy will be aware, the regulation of the small public service vehicle (SPSV) industry is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013.
The Advisory Committee on Small Public Service Vehicles, commonly referred to as the Taxi Advisory Committee (TAC), was established under the Taxi Regulation Act 2003 and continues in being under Section 72(1) of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013 to perform the functions assigned to it under the 2013 Act.
Among the functions of the Taxi Advisory Committee are to advise the National Transport Authority (NTA) in relation to issues relevant to small public service vehicles (SPSVs) and their drivers and to advise me, as Minister, on policy relevant to SPSVs and their drivers. As I previously advised the Deputy in reply to his Question No. 333 on 2nd February 2017, I have not met with the Taxi Advisory Committee and nor has the Committee requested a meeting with me since my appointment. However, it is my intention to meet with the Committee and my office is in the process of making the necessary arrangements with the Chair of the Committee.