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Applying for a Restricted Hire Vehicle licence

Sections of the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Act 2017 relating to commercial passenger vehicle licences are now law. Information about the changes is available on the Industry reforms page.

The below information may be out of date as this page is currently under review.

Restricted Hire Vehicle licences are issued with no licence issue fee and are for pre-booked commercial passenger vehicle work for the carriage of passengers for:

  • vehicles manufactured at least 25 years prior to the date of licence application. These vehicles can be used for general passenger transport services
  • vehicles with a seating capacity for between eight and nine people including the driver used in connection with a tour package. A tour package is defined as a combination of services provided for a price comprising the hiring of a commercial passenger vehicle and as a substantial component of the package, accommodation or other services or facilities appropriate to tourists
  • vehicles constructed or equipped in a manner to provide a passenger transport service of a kind that no other category of vehicle is capable of providing (for example motorcycle tours, tricycle tours and 4WD off-road tours).

How to apply

Please familiarise yourself with the Restricted Hire Vehicle licence conditions for your vehicle type before applying:

Tours

Vehicles manufactured at least 25 years prior to the date of licence application

4WD tours

Motorcycle

Tricycle

Custom and Personalised Number Plates where an agreement between VicRoads and the purchaser is signed, cannot be issued to any vehicle which is licensed or becomes licensed as a commercial passenger vehicle under the Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983 (Vic). The only exemption from the above is where the agreement was signed prior to 1 January 1994.

To apply for a Restricted Hire Vehicle licence, the following must be submitted:

Please note: The application fee and annual licence fee must both be paid upon submission of the application.

The TSC will conduct a Criminal History Check on your behalf. The results of this check may affect your application. To find out more about police checks see Police Checks by the TSC.

We will assess your application and respond within 15 business days.

Payment options

Payment for the application fee, licence issue fee and annual licence fee can be made by:

  • Bank Cheque or money order: made payable to the 'Taxi Services Commission'
  • Payment Authorisation in Section 12 of the Non-Taxi Licence application form.

Please note: If your application is refused, the TSC will refund the licence issue fee and annual licence fee. The application fee is non-refundable.

Approved applications

Upon approval of the application, the licence holder will receive a licence certificate and an approval letter which  will request the following:

  • A current roadworthy certificate for the vehicle to be used as a Restricted Hire Vehicle (no older than 30 days) and the vehicle's registration certificate.

OR

  • If the vehicle is brand new, we require a letter from the dealership (on company letterhead) confirming that the vehicle is a non-demonstrator model. The letter must also include the vehicle registration number, VIN, engine number, make, model, compliance plate date and name of licence holder.·

Please note that the name the vehicle is registered in must match the name of the licence holder

Restricted hire vehicle licence holders will receive a windscreen sticker which will include the vehicle's registration number. These will be sent to the licence holders postal address upon approval of the vehicle.

Restricted hire motorcycles will receive specialised registration plates.

Transferring Restricted Hire Vehicle licences

Restricted Hire Vehicle licences are issued under section 141B of the Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983 (Vic) and are non-transferable.