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12 Jul 2016

Statement from the Taxi Services Commission - UberX appeal

The Taxi Services Commission (TSC) has confirmed that the Department of Public Prosecutions has decided that the County Court's decision regarding the case against UberX driver will not be referred to the Court of Appeal.

The section of the Transport Act on which this decision was based has now been repealed, removing any ambiguity regarding the role and powers of the TSC as the regulator.

Consequently, the TSC has dropped the remaining charges pending against 11 UberX partner drivers.  

The Victorian Government has indicated its intentions to regulate ride-sharing in the future. The TSC will continue to perform its licensing, accreditation and compliance functions to keep passengers safer, while these complex matters are considered.

28 Jun 2016

New regulations

The Taxi Services Commission (TSC) regulates the industry in accordance with various acts, regulations and other legislative instruments.

On 26 June 2016 the new Transport (Buses, Taxi-Cabs and Other Commercial Passenger Vehicles) Regulations 2016  came into effect. These new Regulations simply 'roll over' the current Regulations with minimal changes, apart from numbering.

The 'roll over' Regulations have been put in place to allow the TSC and the Department of Economic Development to work through the submissions made in the Regulatory Impact Assessment process recently undergone in relation to the proposed 'new' Regulations.

 It is expected that 'new' Regulations with more significant changes will be made within the next 6-12 months.

For more information see Acts, regulations & other legislative instruments

17 Jun 2016

ESC final report into taxi fares 2016

On Friday 17 June 2016, the Essential Services Commission (ESC) released its final report on its review of maximum taxi fares.

Under the Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983, the Essential Services Commission (ESC) is responsible for determining the maximum charges for taxi services in the Melbourne metropolitan taxi zone (the metropolitan zone) and the urban and large regional taxi zone (the urban zone). The ESC is required to review maximum taxi fares every two years.

To view the final report and associated materials, visit the ESC website.

25 May 2016

TSC response to County Court Matter

Statement from Aaron de Rozario, CEO of the Taxi Services Commission, in response to the County Court's decision in the matter of Brenner

"The Taxi Services Commission (TSC) is disappointed in the County Court's decision today to find Nathan Brenner not guilty of operating a commercial passenger vehicle illegally."

"A strong case had been mounted by the TSC, however, the appeal was won on an obscure technical argument."

"The TSC is considering its options, including an appeal, and will work with the government and Department of Economic Development to further assess the impacts of this decision and our next steps."

03 May 2016

ESC’s Taxi Fare Review 2016 - submissions close 23 May 2016

Under the Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983, the Essential Services Commission (ESC) is responsible for determining the maximum charges for taxi services in the Melbourne metropolitan taxi zone (the metropolitan zone) and the urban and large regional taxi zone (the urban zone).

The ESC is required to review maximum taxi fare determinations within two years of their making. The completion of this review is due by 19 June 2016.

A draft report has been published with the ESC's draft decision.

The draft report consists of two volumes: Volume 1 provides a summary of our draft decision, while Volume 2 provides the detailed analysis underpinning our draft decision.

Interested parties are invited to provide submissions in response to the draft decision and report by 23 May 2016.

For more visit the ESC website.