About the National Transport Authority (NTA)

The National Transport Authority is a statutory non-commercial body, which operates under the aegis of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport.

It was established in 2009 on the foot of the Dublin Transport Authority Act 2008, having originally been developed to be a transport authority for the Greater Dublin Area (GDA). It was later renamed the National Transport Authority in the Public Transport Regulation Act 2009.

The role of the NTA was extended in April 2010, under Statutory Instrument 139, to include the provision of integrated information schemes for public transport in the cities and counties of Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford, and the neighboring areas of those counties.

On January 1 2011, the NTA assumed responsibility for the regulation of the small public service vehicle sector (SPSV). The Public Transport Regulation Act 2009 included provisions to enable this.

The NTA now regulates the SPSV sector in accordance with the provisions of the Taxi Regulation Act (2013).

At its core, the NTA strives to develop and implement key strategies that will ultimately provide high quality, accessible, sustainable transport connecting people in communities across Ireland.

Our Role in Public Transport

National Level:

  • Procure public transport services by means of public transport services contracts;
  • Provide integrated ticketing, fares and public transport information;
  • Develop an integrated, accessible public transport network;
  • License public bus passenger services that are not subject to a public transport services contract;
  • Manage the Rural Transport Programme and the successor structure of Local Link offices;
  • Provide bus infrastructure, fleet and cycling facilities;
  • Develop and implement a single public transport brand;
  • Develop and maintain a regulatory framework for the control and operation of Small Public Service Vehicles (taxis, hackneys and limousines) and their drivers;
  • Prepare submissions in relation to statutory land use plans;
  • Collect statistical data and information on transport;
  • Enforce EU passenger rights in rail, maritime and bus and coach transport;
  • Validate EU authorisations and journey forms in relation to bus and coach travel, in accordance with EU Regulation No. 1073/2009;
  • Operate as the national conciliation body for electronic toll service providers; and
  • Regulate vehicle clamping operations.

Within the GDA, the Authority has the additional roles:

  • Undertake strategic planning of transport;
  • Secure the provision of public transport infrastructure; and
  • Develop the effective management of traffic and transport demand.

In addition to its statutory functions, the Authority also undertakes a number of functions on behalf of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on a non-statutory basis.

The non-statutory functions include:

  • Planning and funding of sustainable transport projects in the regional cities of Cork, Galway, Limerick and Waterford;
  • Administration of the Smarter Travel Workplaces programme;
  • Management of the Green Schools Travel programme;
  • Provision of accessibility funding to transport operators and other relevant bodies; and
  • Advance Ireland’s transition to a low emissions transport system.