394. Deputy Fiona O'Loughlin asked the Minister for Justice and Equality the length of time applications for taxi licences are taking to be processed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [1363/19]


Minister for Justice and Equality (Deputy Charles Flanagan): The Small Public Service Vehicle (SPSV) industry in Ireland is regulated by the National Transport Authority in accordance with the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act, 2013, which falls under the remit of my colleague, the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr. Shane Ross, T.D.
An Garda Síochána is currently deemed the licensing authority under section 6 (2) of the Taxi Regulation Act 2013.
As such, the Deputy will appreciate that I, as Minister for Justice and Equality, have no role in the administration of SPSV licences.
However, to be of assistance I have requested the current processing time for SPSV licences from An Garda Síochána and will respond to you directly on receipt of a Garda report.