Industry reforms

Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Bill 2017

The Victorian Government’s Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Bill 2017 has now passed through parliament. Key industry reforms are being implemented in stages.

Industry reforms include:

Low Cost Licences

Taxi  and hire car  licences will be available on application at a low cost from Monday, 9 October 2017.

If you are an accredited driver at this time, you will be able to apply for a low cost taxi licence without needing to obtain separate operator accreditation.

To apply, you will need to download the application form online. Paper forms will not be available at the Taxi Services Commission’s customer service centre.

Hire cars must be licensed by 31 December 2017.

Taxi and Hire Car Licence Changes

Changes will be made to some taxi and hire car licences, effective from Monday, 9 October 2017.

Perpetual and fixed term taxi licences will be revoked and replaced with annual licences.

Hire cars will be able to operate in any zone within Victoria and will be issued with a new set of licence conditions.

Special Purpose and Restricted Hire licences will be revoked and replaced with Victorian hire car licences.

Existing taxi and hire car registration plates will be retained.

The Taxi Services Commission will write to those affected by the changes.

For more information about the changes see Taxi licence changes or Hire car licence changes

Transition Assistance

The Taxi Services Commission is making Transition Assistance payments to eligible licence holders. For more information about eligibility criteria see the DEDJTR website.

Ninety-eight percent of cheque payments were mailed to eligible licence holders in early September 2017. The remaining payments are anticipated to be made by the end of October 2017.

Introducing Booking Service Providers

Accreditation for Booking Service Providers has not yet been introduced.

Once the legislative changes come into effect later in 2017, accredited Network Service Providers will be deemed to be Booking Service Providers, and do not need to apply for a separate accreditation.

For more information see Booking Service Providers.

Industry Trip Levy

From 2018, all Booking Service Providers and other commercial passenger vehicle businesses will be charged a levy on all commercial passenger vehicle trips.

The levy will be used to recover the cost of the Transition Assistance support package for licence holders and contribute to the provision of ongoing accessible transport services.

Further information about the industry trip levy is available on the DEDJTR website.