Wheelchair Accessible Taxis (WATS) registration procedures

The information below sets out requirements for vehicles being registered as wheelchair accessible taxis (WAT).

Vehicles must meet all applicable WAT and registration requirements. Please refer to Approved vehicles suitable for use as wheelchair accessible taxis.

Note: Vehicles not meeting the requirements will not be registered.

Procedures for registering a vehicle as a WAT

WAT vehicle requirements

  • Unless exempted in writing by the TSC, the vehicle must be finished in the 'Victorian Taxi Yellow' paint scheme. Note: painting of internal surfaces in WATs, including around door seals and door pillars, is not mandatory for 'van type' WATs. The vehicle must be fitted with all taxi equipment, including roof sign, taximeter, and TSC approved taxi safety camera/s. If applicable, the taxi operator  must produce proof of purchase of a TSC approved screen if there is a TSC approved screen for that make/model. The taximeter must be sealed and a TSC issued label attached to the windscreen.
  • A current road worthy certificate must be obtained from a Licensed Taxi Tester after the vehicle has been fully fitted with all taxi equipment – a Licensed Taxi Tester inspection label must be attached to the windscreen.
  • WAT operators should  contact the TSC office at least 3 business days prior to their registration appointment to obtain an "authority to register" to enable the registration process to occur.

Metropolitan, Frankston and Dandenong based WATs can only be registered at the following locations. An appointment must be made.

VicRoads Registration and Licensing office
459 Lygon Street, Carlton
Telephone: 131 171

Road Safety Inspections office
433 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne
Telephone: (03) 9646 3362

Taxi operators must have the following items when presenting vehicles for registration as a taxi:

  • Proof of identity (driver's licence)
  • Proof of ownership of the vehicle (for example, receipt, bill of sale, registration certificate)
  • A current roadworthy certificate from a Licensed Taxi Tester
  • A public weigh bridge certificate confirming the vehicle's tare mass after all taxi and wheelchair equipment has been installed into the vehicle. The tare mass listed on the weigh bridge certificate should not be greater than that listed on the Vehicle Assessment Signatory Scheme (VASS) approval certificate.

Note: the tare mass of a vehicle is the mass of the vehicle ready for use, unoccupied and unladen, with all standard equipment and options fitted (this includes items such as gas tank, hoist, ramp etc), with all fluid reservoirs filled to nominal capacity and 10 litres of fuel

  • Proof of previous registration for any second hand vehicle
  • Evidence of compliance with Australian Design Rules, if the vehicle:
    • is imported
    • does not have a compliance plate attached and there is no proof of previous
    • registration in Australia, or
    • has been mechanically or structurally modified, including conversions to accommodate wheelchairs.

Note: Evidence must be in the form of a VASS certificate from an authorised person to ensure all work, including any modification, has been correctly carried out and to certify that the vehicle continues to comply with the applicable standards. A list of VASS signatories can be obtained from VicRoads (Tel: 03 9854 2666) or from the VicRoads website at: www.vicroads.vic.gov.au

Vehicles must be registered in the name of the taxi operator being an individual name or an Incorporated Body. If the vehicle is to be registered in the name of an Incorporated Body, a letter signed by the Director/s on company letterhead authorising vehicle registration (include vehicle details such as engine number, make/model) and a certificate of Incorporation is required.

If a person other than the taxi operator (vehicle owner) is to register the vehicle, authorisation in writing is required from the owner. This authorisation letter should include the name and address and driver licence number of the agent together with the registration number (if known) and other vehicle details of the vehicle presented for registration.

Enquiries can be directed to the TSC on telephone 1800 638 802.

Engineering enquiries should be directed to VicRoads Vehicle Standards on telephone 03 9854 2666.