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Converting a GMTLR or Peak Service 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The below information may be out of date as this page is currently under review.

Owners of Greater Metropolitan Taxi Licence Release (GMTLR) and Peak Service licences may now apply to the Taxi Services Commission (TSC) to be converted to a new licence known as an annual 'as of right' licence.

This process is optional, licence holders do not have to convert their licence if they don't want to.

On this page you will find information on:

How to apply

To apply to convert your licence you must complete the Application to convert a taxi licence form PDF, 110.2 KB. You must also pay the application fee.

You can select the zone you wish to operate in, but you cannot change the type of licence. For example as the owner of a GMTLR conventional licence you cannot apply for a WAT annual licence.

You do not have to pay the annual licence fee on application. The amount you will need to pay for the new licence will depend on the type of licence you currently have. See below for more details.

If your application is approved, you will be notified in writing of the next steps to follow, this will include the pro-rata annual licence fee that you must pay if applicable. Your current licence will be cancelled and you will be issued with a new as of right licence.

GMTLR WAT licences

All invoiced and outstanding licence fees must be paid before a GMTLR licence can be converted.

You do not have to pay the annual licence fee when you submit your application to the TSC. If your application is approved, you will be advised in writing of the pro-rata annual fee you need to pay.

The initial pro-rata annual licence fee will be calculated based on the pro-rata amount remaining on your current licence deducted from the initial new taxi licence annual licence fee.

This fee will need to be paid prior to your new licence being granted.

Calculations of annual licence fees cannot be made ahead of time as they will vary depending on the date of issue of your licence and the date of approval to convert your licence.

If you decide to keep your current GMTLR licence rather than convert to a new licence, all fees and licence conditions remain. Therefore if you own a GMTLR licence it will expire ten years from the date of issue.

GMTLR conventional licences

GMTLR conventional licence holders will not be required to pay the annual licence fee for the new licence for 12 calendar years from the issue date of your original GMTLR licence.

If your licence was issued in  2010 you will not be required to pay an annual licence fee until 2021/22.

Your initial annual licence fee in 2021/22 may be a pro-rata amount if your original conventional GMTLR licence and new annual licence anniversary dates do not align.

If you decide to keep your current GMTLR licence rather than convert to a new licence, all fees and licence conditions remain. Therefore if you own a GMTLR licence it will expire ten years from the date of issue.

Peak Service licences

You do not have to pay the annual licence fee when you submit your application to the TSC. If your application is approved, you will be advised in writing of the pro-rata annual fee you need to pay.

This initial fee will be calculated based on the pro-rata amount remaining on your current licence, deducted from the new licence annual fee.

This fee will need to be paid prior to your new licence being granted.

Calculations of annual licence fees cannot be made ahead of time as they will vary depending on the date of issue of your licence and the date of approval to convert your licence.

If you decide to keep your Peak Service licence all fees and licence conditions remain. Therefore if you have a Peak Service licence it will be cancelled once you are no longer able to operate the licence.

Due to the non-transferability condition of Peak Service licences, the executor of the estate of a Peak Service licence holder cannot apply to convert a Peak Service licence.

FAQs

Q. What is GMTLR?

A. GMTLR are licences issued via tender in 2010/11. They are ten year fixed term licences and were part of the Greater Melbourne Taxi Licence Release.

Q. What is Peak Service?

A. Peak Service are licences that can only operate between 3pm and 7am, they are non-transferrable and are also known as 'Green Tops'.

Q. Which licences can be converted?

A. The licences that can be converted are:

  • Peak Service Licences – PS licence number also known as 'Green Tops'
  • GMTLR conventional licences – ten year fixed term licence issued via tender in 2010/11
  • GMTLR WAT licences – ten year fixed term licence issued via tender in 2010/11

Q. Is this process mandatory?

A. This is not a mandatory process – it is a choice. You do not have to convert your GMTLR or Peak Service licence if you do not want to do so.

Q. What are the new licences?

A. The new 'as of right licences' are available from the TSC for an annual fee, which varies depending on the zone you wish to operate the taxi licence in. Licences are available in all zones.

New taxi licences cannot be assigned (leased) – you cannot have someone else operate the licence on your behalf.

The licences can be transferred (sold) to someone else should you no longer wish to operate it.

Vehicles attached to licences must meet approved standards, including for conventional taxis and Wheelchair Accessible Taxis.

Q. When can I convert my licence?

A. You can convert your licence at any time using the Application to convert a taxi licence form PDF, 110.2 KB.

Q. What happens if I don't convert my licence?

A. GMTLR licences will expire ten years after they were issued if they are not converted to a new licence. Peak Service licences cannot be transferred and will be surrendered to the TSC should the licence owner no longer want to, or be able to, operate it. An executor for the estate of a Peak Service  licence holder cannot apply to convert a Peak Service licence.

Q. Will my licence conditions change if I convert my licence?

A. Licence conditions will change if you convert your licence. You will be issued with new licence conditions depending on the type and zone of the new licence. The conditions which apply to new 'as of right' licences are available here.

Q. Do I get a refund if I convert my licence?

A. Refunds are not available if you convert your licence. However, for GMTLR WAT and Peak Service licences, a pro rata amount of the current annual licence fee/instalment will be deducted from the initial annual licence fee, which you will have to pay upon approval of the conversion of your licence.  You will be notified in writing of any applicable deduction to the initial annual licence fee after you apply for conversion.

Q. How much will my first annual licence fee be?

A. This amount will vary from licence to licence, depending on how much time has passed since the date on which the current annual licence fee/instalment was paid. You will be notified in writing how much this will be after your application is approved. The pro-rata amount (if applicable) will be calculated  once you have applied to convert your licence, an estimate will not be provided prior to applying. Once you have applied the TSC will notify you  in writing of the pro-rata amount that must be paid within 14 days. It is anticipated you will be notified approximately 10 business days after you apply  of the amount you are required to pay (if applicable).

Q. Do I have to pay more for a new licence?

A. The amount you have to pay will vary depending on your current licence.

Q. Is there an application fee to convert my licence?

A. Yes. This fee will be advertised on our website and will increase each year with CPI.

Q. If I convert my Peak Service licence, can I still only operate it during certain times?

A. A new licence can be operated 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This is regardless of which licence you converted from. There is no continual service requirement with the new  licences so may elect to operate the licence at any time of the day or at only certain times of the day depending  on your business model.

Q. If I currently own a GMTLR WAT can I apply for a conventional annual licence?

A. You cannot change the type of licence when you convert your licence. The legislation does not allow you to change your licence from a WAT to a conventional or a conventional to a WAT.

Q. I currently operate in the metropolitan zone, can I change to the urban, regional or country zone?

A. As part of the conversion process you can select the zone you wish to operate in. The relevant annual licence fee will apply depending on the zone you apply for. Please note that if you convert and want to change the zone at a later date, you will need to surrender this licence and apply for a new  licence in the new zone.

Q. If I convert my licence to a 'new taxi-cab licence', can I convert it back to a GMTLR/Peak Service licence?

A. The legislation does not allow you to change your licence back to a GMTLR or Peak Service licence.

Q. If I have a WAT vehicle on a Peak Service licence, can I apply to convert my licence to a conventional annual licence?

A. The legislation requires that your new licence be granted for your existing taxi.

Q. Who can make an application to convert a peak service licence?

A. Only the licence holder (unless another person has a valid power of attorney).

All peak service licences are non-transferrable. A peak service licence expires upon the death of the licence holder, so an executor cannot apply to convert a peak service licence.

Q. If I currently have a peak service vehicle and convert my licence to a conventional annual licence, do I need to get a new vehicle without a green top?

A. If you convert a Peak Service licence to a new as of right annual licence you will need to meet the livery requirements including not having a green top on the vehicle.