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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.

18 Mar 2016

Peak Service Taxis to operate between 7:00am and 3:00pm Monday 21 March, 2016

There will be an increased  demand for taxis on Monday 21 March 2016 due to the Grand Prix. The Taxi Services Commission (TSC) has authorised Peak Services taxis (green tops) to operate additional hours from 7am to 3pm on Monday 21 March 2016 for carrying passengers.

07 Dec 2015

Statement on UberX outcome

The Taxi Services Commission (TSC) is pleased with the Melbourne Magistrates' Court's decision on Friday 4 December 2015, to uphold the prosecution against UberX partner driver, Nathan Brenner, for operating a commercial passenger vehicle illegally.

Graeme Samuel, Chair of the Taxi Services Commission, said that competition in the taxi and hire car industry must be done within the confines of the law.

"Today's decision vindicates the actions taken by the TSC to enforce the law as it currently stands. 

"The TSC has remained committed to enforcing the law and has acted consistently by holding drivers acting illegally to account.

"The TSC will continue to take compliance action against ride-sharing services that are found to be operating illegally."

The wider issue of ride-sharing and its future in Victoria is a policy matter that is being considered by government. 

In addition to today's matter, the TSC has another 11 matters before the courts for charges similar to the Brenner matter.

03 Sep 2015

Peak Service Taxis to operate between 8:30am and 3:00pm Friday 4 September, 2015

Peak Service Taxis are normally authorised to operate between 3:00pm and 7:00am.

On Friday 4 September 2015 only, the Taxi Services Commission authorises all Peak Service Taxis to also operate between 8:30am and 3:00pm.

03 Jul 2015

TSC responds to AFR article 2 July – no deal done

On Thursday 2 July 2015 the Australian Financial Review (AFR) incorrectly reported again that Taxi Services Commissioner, Graeme Samuel, had struck a confidential deal with Uber in relation to ridesharing in Victoria.

Mr Samuel and the Taxi Services Commission would like to again set the record straight by saying that no deal has been done in relation to ridesharing in Victoria.

The TSC was not contacted about this article and is disappointed that this misinformation has been allowed to run again.

Any changes to the regulatory framework are ultimately a matter for government and this is being addressed through the Victorian Government's Taxi and Hire Car Ministerial Forum.

To assist government in setting policy directions, the TSC has a role in providing advice as does the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources.