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Hire car owners and operators

Overview of the hire car industry

The term hire car covers a variety of commercial passenger vehicles in Victoria – but they all offer pre-booked services only.

Hire cars include:

  • rideshare vehicles
  • wedding cars
  • community and local buses
  • tour vehicles (such as motorcycle, off road four-wheel drive and vintage vehicles)
  • tour buses with a seating capacity for between 8-9 seats used in connection with a tour package.

Hire cars do not require a fare calculation device. Instead hire car fares are negotiated between the driver and customer or direct with the booking service provider, via methods such as booking applications.

Where can hire cars operate?

Hire cars can operate anywhere in Victoria. Hire car zones were abolished in 2017.

Do hire cars need special licence plates?

All hire cars are registered with general issue number plates.

Until recently, hire cars were required to use special (VHA, VHB and VHC) licence plates. These number plates are no longer required and are no longer issued by VicRoads.

Now hire cars can use standard issue or customised number plates.

If you have an existing VHA-VHC identification number plate, you can continue using it and do not have to replace it.

You may wish to purchase a VH series registration plate (VHD 000 to VHZ 999) from VicRoads through its custom plate process. Please contact VicRoads for further information.

Driver accreditation and hire car licences

All hire car drivers must be accredited and vehicles providing booked commercial passenger vehicle services must have a hire car licence. You need to apply to us for driver accreditation and a hire car licence.