As outlined in my previous reply to the Deputy on this issue (14 February 2019, PQ6734/19 Dáil question 613) the Road Safety Authority is not a regulatory agency in that it does not have powers to make regulations. The Authority's statutory functions are set out in the Road Safety Authority Act 2006. My Department has a thorough oversight framework in place to ensure the effective delivery of these functions and to monitor the agency's performance on a consistent and ongoing basis.
This framework was drawn up in line with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform's Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies (available to read at www.per.gov.ie/en/revised-code-of-practice-for-the-governance-of-state-bodies/). Provisions include the drawing up and regular reviewing of Performance Delivery Agreements, the implementation of Oversight Agreements, and monthly meetings between the Road Safety Authority and officials from my Department.