316. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Justice and Equality her plans regarding illegal taxis (details supplied) operating in towns. [42453/15]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Frances Fitzgerald): The regulation of the Small Public Service Vehicles (SPSV) industry, which includes taxis, is a matter for the National Transport Authority (NTA) under the remit of my colleague, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport.
I am informed by the Garda authorities that specific initiatives targeting the SPSV industry, including checking PSV licences and other matters relating to the enforcement of road traffic and road transport legislation/regulations in respect of drivers and vehicles, are conducted by An Garda Síochána in conjunction with enforcement officers from the Office of the Commission for Taxi Regulation.
I am further informed by the Garda authorities that as part on ongoing policy enforcement, a series of national taxi operations are scheduled throughout the year in conjunction with other agencies at both local and national level. An Garda Síochána also carries out planned mufti-agency checkpoints with other agencies such as the Road Safety Authority, Taxi Regulator, Customs and Excise, Revenue Commissioners and Social Welfare.