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Licence conditions - restricted hire motorcycle licences

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Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983

Licence Conditions applicable to Restricted Hire Motorcycle Licences.

1. The licence is non-transferable and non-assignable.

2. The vehicle must be registered in the name of the licence holder.

3. The licensed vehicle must:

(a) be a motor cycle with seating capacity for 1 passenger and may carry passengers in a side car to its constructed seating capacity;

(b) except as provided in clause (4.1) of these conditions:

  • operate for the carriage of passengers on a pre-booked basis.

4.1 The licensed vehicle may also operate for the carriage of passengers:

(a)(i) from any place for the purpose of a tour or pleasure ride when the hiring is engaged from a temporary booking facility or by         promotion of services on a signboard displayed at that place; and subject to information displayed on any signboard being limited to:

  • licence holder name, trading/business name and contact details
  • services which are authorised by licence conditions; and
  • hiring rates for services.

(a)(ii) as a transfer service between two points when the hiring is engaged from a site at a major event and provided such site has been approved by the Taxi Services Commission.For the purpose of these conditions, a tour or pleasure ride means a journey that commences and finishes at the same location.

4.2 The licence holder at all times remains responsible for obtaining any approval required by the coordinator of any fete, fair, festival or similar event and/or the relevant Municipal Council for the operation of any service to be authorised under clause 4.1(a)(i) and for use of any stand or sign under clause 4.1 (a)(i).

4.3 Hiring rates must be by agreement with the hirer made prior to commencement of the hiring.

4.4 The operator must maintain accurate records of the operation of the licensed vehicle including details of each hiring. These records must be made available for inspection as required by an officer of the Taxi Services Commission or a member of the Victoria Police.

4.5 If an incorporated body holds the licence, the company concerned must notify the Taxi Services Commission within seven (7) days of any changes to the persons who constitute the directors of that company.

4.6 A licensed vehicle when operating as a commercial passenger vehicle must at all times be driven by a person who holds a current Drivers' Accreditation.

4.7 A distinctive registration plate (eg: 'S') as specified by the Taxi Services Commission must be displayed to identify the motorcycle as a commercial passenger vehicle.

4.8 Special Identifying Numbers (Custom Plates), Black & White Reflective Identifying Numbers on Personalised Plates cannot be fitted to any vehicle which is licensed or becomes licensed as a commercial passenger vehicle under the Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983. The only exemption from the above is where an Agreement between VicRoads and the purchaser was signed prior to 1 January 1994.

4.9 Prior to the commencement of any hiring, all passengers must be supplied with a clean, hygienic motorcycle helmet that complies with all parts of Rule 270 of Road Rules Victoria.

4.10 A Certificate of Roadworthiness must be supplied annually from the date of licence issue or more frequently as required by the Taxi Services Commission.

4.11 A copy of the licence conditions must be carried in the licensed vehicle at all times and must be produced on demand to an Authorised Officer.

Taxi Services Commission
January 2005 (revised 2006)