On January 1st, 2011, the National Transport Authority absorbed the Commission for Taxi Regulation. The National Transport Authority now carries out the functions previously undertaken by the Commission, under its Taxi Regulation Directorate. The principal function of this Taxi Regulation Directorate is the development and maintenance of a regulatory framework for the control and operation of small public service vehicles (taxis, hackneys and limousines) and their drivers.
The National Transport Authority is a statutory body which was established by the Minister for Transport on 1st December 2009. The Authority has a wide range of functions including the national provision of public passenger land transport services as well as transportation planning and investment in the Greater Dublin Area.
The Board of the Authority now decides the key taxi regulation decisions. The management and administration of taxi regulation matters is carried out by a directorate within the Authority called the Taxi Regulation Directorate.