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 will be implemented in stages over the coming months.

Industry reforms include:

Transition Assistance

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

Lump sum cheque payments are anticipated to be made to eligible licence holders from late September 2017.

Introducing Booking Service Providers

All existing Network Service Providers are now deemed to be Booking Service Providers. For more information see Booking Service Providers.

Taxi and Hire Car Licence Changes

Changes will be made to some taxi and hire car licences. These changes are anticipated to take effect in October 2017.

Perpetual and fixed term taxi licences will be revoked and be 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.

Until these changes take effect, existing licensing and assignment arrangements will continue to apply.

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

Low Cost Licences are not yet available

It is anticipated that taxi and hire car licences will be available to purchase at a low cost from late October.

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

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Until further notice, existing licensing and assignment arrangements continue to apply.

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.