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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.

09 Jun 2015

TSC announces new CEO

Mr Graeme Samuel AC, Chair of the Taxi Services Commission (TSC) today announced the appointment of new Chief Executive Officer, Aaron de Rozario, who will commence on 24 August 2015.

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29 May 2015

Changes to Police Checks from 1 June 2015

From Monday 1 June 2015 Victoria Police will no longer issue National Police Certificates (NPC) for TSC applicants. This is ahead of the TSC commencing internal police checking on 1 July 2015.

If you need a NPC to lodge an application with the TSC between 1 June and 1 July, you can apply for a police check through the TSC specific National Crime Check website.

This website has pre-filled some of the fields to make sure you get the right type of police check. The type of check is "Employment - Healthcare or Vulnerable Groups', and reason for check is "Victorian Taxi Services Commission Driver Accreditation". Any checks which do not have these categories listed cannot be accepted.

You can then submit this report (instead of a NPC from Victoria Police) with your application.

From 1 July 2015

From  1 July 2015, you will no longer need to provide a current NPC when submitting forms to the TSC. Instead you will need to complete and include a TSC Police Check Consent Form so the TSC can request a National Police History Check (NPHC) on your behalf.