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20 Mar 2014

Knowledge test a step closer

The new taxi Knowledge test is a step closer, with the Taxi Services Commission today announcing Genix has been selected to deliver the Knowledge test to taxi and hire car drivers in metro Melbourne. 

The Knowledge, part of the Victorian Government's taxi and hire car reform agenda, will form part of the accreditation process for those entering and renewing their accreditation as a taxi or hire car driver.

Genix is an independent supplier who will be responsible for assessing drivers across the four key areas - general assessment, geographical knowledge, driver skills and wheelchair accessible taxis.

Read the media release. Read more about the Knowledge test.

20 Mar 2014

Up to 60 metropolitan licences will be available via a lottery for a 12 month fixed term

The Taxi Services Commission (TSC) today announced that up to 60 metropolitan licences will be available via a lottery for a 12 month fixed term.  The release of licences will include up to 46 conventional licences and 14 wheelchair accessible taxis, meaning that all members of the community will benefit from additional taxi services on our roads.

This taxi licence lottery is only open to operators that were industry accredited as at 17 March 2014, but this will change from 1 July 2014 when licences become available as of right.

From 1 July 2014, anyone will be able to apply for a licence directly from the Taxi Services Commission as of right, and the industry needs to prepare for this.

Read the media release. Read more Early licence release.  

21 Feb 2014

Release of additional taxi cab licences in the metropolitan zone

The Taxi Services Commission confirms it is progressing the early release of additional taxi cab licences in the metropolitan zone. More information on the release and application process for these licences is expected in the coming weeks. At this stage you cannot submit an application or place your name on a waiting list. To keep informed about this reform initiative, we recommend you send your details to taxireform@taxi.vic.gov.au.

14 Jan 2014

Reduce non-cash payment surcharge from 1 February

Reduce non-cash payment surcharge from 1 February.

08 Jan 2014

Update on fare determination

The Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder has announced that the new taxi fare determination would be brought forward to March 2014, to enable the restructured fares to be in place by May 2014.

This will give the taxi industry and its customers clarity about fares sooner rather than later.

Between March and May, preparation for the new fares will include reprogramming meters, determining a new schedule of hiring rates and printing in-cab fare information stickers.

As part of the reforms, the Essential Services Commission (ESC) has been working on a review of fares for the metropolitan and urban taxi zones since September 2013. The Minister has also asked the ESC to look at the most appropriate way of dealing with volatile cost pressures, such as fuel prices.

Once the new fares are brought in, the taxi industry will benefit from an initial pricing structure that should make the industry more desirable for new drivers and provide appropriate compensation for those providing a good service.

As the new regulated fares will take effect in May, there will be around a month where country and regional taxis will have to use them.

New legislation will come into effect on 1 July, which will see the ESC become the agency responsible for setting regulated fares for metropolitan Melbourne and urban zones and enable country taxis to set their own fares.