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Taxi and hire car industry statistics

This page provides statistics for the Victorian taxi and hire car industry, effective 30 October 2016.

Please note that the licence price shown in the table below is the most recent monthly median transfer price recorded for a perpetual taxi licence. It is important to note that historical transfer prices do not represent current or future taxi licence values.

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Number of taxi licences (December 2016)

Metropolitan4,592 (including 447 wheelchair accessible taxis)
Urban498 (including 80 wheelchair accessible taxis)
Regional348 (including 75 wheelchair accessible taxis)
Country163 (including 35 wheelchair accessible taxis)
Total5,601 (including 637 wheelchair accessible taxis)

Number of drivers (December 2016)*

Active taxi drivers*15,746
Accredited drivers (taxi, hire car and bus drivers)52,599

*Active taxi drivers are those who have recorded at least one shift in the last 12 months. 

Taxi and hire car licences (December 2016)*

Median licence transfer price (metro taxi - monthly figure)No metro transfers in Dec 2016. (Sep 2016 $150,000)
Median licence transfer price (metro Hire Car)$18,000 (based on one transfer)
Assignments - fee per month (metro taxi median)$1,450
Assignments - number per month (metro taxi)65
Licence transfers (Metro)0
Licence transfers (Urban)1
Licence transfers (Regional)0
Licence transfers (Country)0
Licence transfers (metro hire car)1
Licence transfers (special licence)6
Licences issued (taxi licences)3
Licences issued (hire car licences)0
Licences issued (special vehicles)1
Licences issued (RH Vehicles)7

*Median prices (not averages) are used for licence values and assignment fees as of July 2016 onward.

Hire vehicle industry (December 2016)

Metropolitan hire cars1,139
Country hire cars64
Special purpose vehicles975
Restricted hire cars635

*Note: Urban hire car licences have been re-classified as Metropolitan Hire car licences since July 2014.

Compliance outcomes (December 2016)

Vehicle Inspections1,461
Rectification Notice74
Infringement Notice15
Official Caution (Written warning)4