The Minister for Transport has published the Public Transport Regulation Bill 2009 which proposes a framework for the licensing of commercial public bus passenger services. The Bill also proposes new contractual arrangements for the procurement of public transport services on a national basis equivalent to the procedures operated under the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008.

In addition, the Bill proposes that the functions of the Commission for Taxi Regulation be subsumed by the Dublin Transport Authority – the latter to be renamed the National Transport Authority.

The Bill contains a series of amendments to existing legislation including the Taxi Regulation Act 2003, the Roads Act 1993 and 2007, the Road Traffic Act 1994, the Planning and Development Act 2000 and the Transport (Railway Infrastructure) Act 2001.