The Government has appointed the country's first national taxi regulator.

Gerard Deering, who is currently the Assistant County Manager at Carlow County Council, will be the Chairman of the Independent Commission for Taxi Regulation and will formally take up office in September.

The commission is charged with setting standards for drivers and vehicles. This includes establishing dress codes and a national uniform colour for taxis.

Making the announcement, the Minister for Transport, Seamus Brennan, said it offered the opportunity to foster what he called a ‘cab culture’ in Ireland similar to that in cities like London and New York.