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13 Feb 2015

TSC matters in court

As the regulator of the taxi and hire car industry, the Taxi Services Commissions (TSC)  places a great importance on ensuring that all drivers are complying with the relevant laws.

While the majority of the industry does the right thing, there are a small percentage that bring the standards down.

Recently the TSC has had a number of successful prosecutions in the courts. These drivers, and others, are regularly held to account for what is simply a disregard for the law.

In court recently:

Operating a vehicle without being authorised by the TSC - a driver entered a plea of guilty to one count of unauthorised operating under the TCMA. The driver was fined $1000 without conviction.

Obtaining Property by Deception – a driver pleaded guilty to fraudulently using CabCharge etickets to the sum of $300. The driver received a 12 month Good Behaviour Undertaking and was ordered to pay $300 to the court fund.

Driving without accreditation – an unaccredited driver was convicted of driving without accreditation and fined $1,800. This matter was bought to the attention of the TSC by a Taxi Booking Service who had detected the driver was unaccredited but still driving.

Operating a vehicle without being authorised by the TSC – a driver was fined $3,000 for operating a hire car vehicle without being authorised by the TSC. This matter was detected by the TSC through one of the many compliance operations that happen regularly throughout the state.

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.