Hire car licence changes

Changes were made to hire car, special purpose and restricted hire licences on 9 October 2017.

Hire car licences were issued with new conditions to allow them to operate across Victoria.

Special purpose and restricted hire licences were converted to hire car licences.

The table below outlines the changes to hire car, restricted hire and special purpose vehicle types.

All licence holders will receive a letter from the Taxi Services Commission which explains the changes.

Current licence Licence changes/replacement licence to be issued
CH - Country Hire*

Hire Car

MH - Metropolitan Hire*
RH - Restricted Hire

SV - Special Purpose

*Existing hire car licences have not been revoked, but new licence conditions have been issued

Hire car licence scenarios

If you owned a metropolitan or country hire car licence, the following applies to you.

  • Your licence conditions have changed and you can now operate across Victoria.
  • Your current licence number and vehicle details remain the same.
  • You will receive a letter and new licence certificate with updated conditions in the mail.
  • You can continue to operate your business as usual.

If you owned a Special purpose Vehicle (SV) licence, the following  applies to you.

  • Your licence has been revoked.
  • You have been issued with a new Victorian hire car licence and are permitted to operate across Victoria.
  • Your current vehicle details have been automatically attached to your new licence.
  • You have not been charged for this licence change.
  • You will receive a new licence certificate and licence conditions in the mail.
  • You can continue to operate your business as usual.

If you owned a Restricted Hire vehicle (RH) licence, the following will applies to you.

  • Your licence has been revoked.
  • You have been issued with a new Victorian hire car licence and are permitted to operate across Victoria.
  • Your current vehicle details have been automatically attached to your new licence.
  • You have not been charged for this licence change.
  • You will receive a new licence certificate and licence conditions in the mail.
  • You can continue to operate your business as usual.