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Schedule of changes in new regulations 2017

On 26 June 2017 the new Transport (Buses, Taxi-Cabs and Other Commercial Passenger Vehicles)(Taxi-Cab Industry Accreditation and Other Matters) Regulations 2017 (new Regulations) came into effect.

These new Regulations streamline and consolidate five sets of expiring and redundant regulations, including the: Transport (Taxi-Cab Industry Accreditation) Regulations 2007 and the Transport (Taxi-Cabs, Buses and Other Commercial Passenger Vehicles) Regulations 2016 (2007 and 2016 Regulations).

The new Regulations remove a number of technical requirements, reducing the costs and burden of industry compliance.

The table below sets out the key changes between the old and the new Regulations and shows the corresponding numbering in the new Regulations for easier reference.

Schedule of changes:

Provision description  

Transport (Buses, Taxi-cabs and Other Commercial Passenger Vehicles) Regulations 2016 – Regulation No.

Transport (Buses, Taxi-Cabs and Other Commercial Passenger Vehicles)(Taxi-Cab Industry Accreditation and Other Matters) Regulations 2017 (Vic) – Regulation No.

Prescribed class of person to give medical certificate

7

6

Test of acuteness of vision

8

Provision removed

Photo display for taxi drivers

9

Provision removed

Licensing authority may provide driver identification with photo  

10

8

Driver's identification to be displayed in taxi-cab

11

9

Commercial passenger vehicle licences

12

18

Records

13

48

Record keeping – non taxi commercial passenger vehicles

14

40

Taxi-cab specifications

15

19

Emergency warning devices

16

20 (requirement for TSC approval removed)

Security cameras

17

21

Protective screens

18

22 ( requirement for TSC approval removed)

Air conditioner

19

Provision removed

Inspection of taxi-cabs

20

12 – now replaces regulation 20 and 26, and applies to all commercial passenger vehicles)

Notice to rectify defects

21

13 – (now all commercial passenger vehicles)

Evidence of inspection

22

14

Interference with equipment in or on taxi

23

23

Number plates, signs, symbols, notices and labels

25

15 (now replaces regulations 25 and 29)

Inspection of commercial passenger vehicle

26

12 (now replaces regulation 20 and 26, and applies to all commercial passenger vehicles)

Damaged vehicle not to be used until safe

27

Provision removed

Driver must not consume alcohol

28

41

Signs, symbols, notices, labels and fittings

29

15 (now replaces regulations 25 and 29)

Information about maximum fares or hiring rates

30

33

Livery

31

24

Sign on taxi-cab

32

25

Tariff lamps

33

Provision removed

Passenger routes

34

26 (now replaces regulations 34, 35 and 41)

Destination signs

35

26 (now replaces regulations 34, 35 and 41)

Driver to remain with taxi-cab

36

Provision removed

Driver's appearance

37

28

Animals

38

17

Passenger amenities

39

Provision removed

Picking up and setting down passengers

40

Provision removed

Passenger behaviour

41

26 (now replaces regulations 34, 35 and 41)

Passenger assistance

42

27

Taxi zones

43

Provision removed

Fares and additional charges

44(4)
44(5)
44(6)

29

Provision removed

Provision removed

Provision removed

Multiple hirings

45

Provision removed

Capacity to pay

46

31 (now obligations for estimated fares)

Payment of fares and additional charges

47

 30 (only provisions relating to receipts remain)

Taximeters

48

34 (now Fare Calculation Devices and requirement for TSC approval removed)

Operation of taximeters

49

35 – Fare Calculation Devices (now Fare Calculation Devices

Prescribed information – notices of maximum fares or hiring rates

50

32

Smoking prohibited in taxi-cabs

51

16 (now all commercial passenger vehicles)

No drinking liquor or possessing open liquor containers

52

39

Identity cards for taxi compliance officers

53

38

Records to be kept of non-cash payment surcharges

54

36

Authorisation to trade in taxi-cab licences

55

37

Provision description 

Transport (Taxi–cab Industry Accreditation) Regulations 2007 – Regulation No.

Transport (Buses, Taxi-Cabs and Other Commercial Passenger Vehicles)(Taxi-Cab Industry Accreditation and Other Matters) Regulations 2017 (Vic) – Regulation No.

Applications for accreditation

5

43

Records to be kept by taxi-cab operators

7

45

Records to be kept by network service providers

8

44

How records are to be kept

9

47

Inspection and audit

10

49

Submission of information

11

50

Driver health and fitness

12

51

Wheelchair Accessible Taxi -cab drivers

13

52

Training in use of equipment in or on a taxi-cab

14

Provision removed

Driver rights and obligations

15

Provision removed

Vehicle condition

16

Provision removed

Complaints handling – taxi-cab operators

17

53

Complaints handling in respect of taxi-cab operations – provider of taxi-cab network services

18

54

Providers of taxi-cab network services must establish a complaints handling system

20

Provision removed

Global positioning systems

21

56

Global positioning systems records to be kept

22

57

Global positioning system records to be provided

23

58