Annual vehicle inspection arrangements - FAQs

New vehicle inspection arrangements for taxi and hire cars effective 1 March 2017.

It is a regulatory requirement that taxis and hire cars undergo an annual inspection to ensure they are roadworthy and provide a safe and comfortable experience for passengers.

1. What has changed?

Effective from 1 March 2017, taxi and hire car vehicles can now be inspected by any licensed vehicle tester (LVT). This means that vehicles no longer have to be inspected by a licensed taxi tester (LTT) as required in the past.

All taxi and hire car vehicle inspections will now align with requirements for private vehicle inspections. These requirements are set out in the updated VicRoads document Vehicle Standards Information bulletin 26 (VSI 26) (available here soon).

Wheelchair accessible taxis (WATs) can also be inspected by any LVT against VSI 26, but they have additional WAT specific requirements to meet under Part 5.

The previous Vehicle Standards Information bulletin 31 (VSI31) used by LTTs to inspect taxis, has been withdrawn by VicRoads. This document was outdated with requirements removed or others duplicated elsewhere.     

2. What does the change mean to operators?

Victorian taxi and hire car operators now have access to the entire network of some 8,000 licensed vehicle testers (LVTs) across 2,700 sites, not just a restricted number of testers who specialised in taxi inspections. This is also expected to benefit operators financially through more competitive pricing for inspection services.

3. What about the windscreen inspection label issued by the Licensed Taxi Tester?

The inspection label previously issued by a Licensed Taxi Tester (LTT) and affixed to the windscreen of the taxi or hire car, is no longer required.

Operators must ensure that their vehicle/s has a roadworthy inspection every 12 months by an LVT. The certificate of roadworthiness issued by the LVT must be retained within the vehicle as evidence of the inspection.

An electronic copy of a roadworthy certificate stored on an electronic device is acceptable.

4. Why has this policy changed?

The Taxi Services Commission (TSC) has significantly reduced many outdated and obsolete requirements for taxis.     

Consequently, the demand for a specialised inspection to cover peripheral requirements including taxi signage items, could no longer be justified. The TSC will instead retain its focus on vehicle safety.

5. Can I still take my taxi to a Licensed Taxi Tester?

Yes, taxi operators may still have their taxi/s inspected by a tester who was previously referred to as a Licensed Taxi Tester (LTT). However, the cost of the inspection by that tester is a matter between the operator and the tester.

6. For new registrations, who will inspect my vehicle for taxi equipment and to make sure I have the correct livery (including external labels/signage).

Taxi operators are responsible for ensuring their vehicles are fitted out with all taxi equipment (and livery) required under regulations. Required equipment includes roof sign (dome), taximeter, security camera (if applicable) and an emergency warning device.

Please refer to the Taxi Services Commission (TSC) website for vehicle requirements.

Hire cars do not require any additional equipment under regulations.

7. What about wheelchair accessible taxis (WATs)?

As set out in (1) above, wheelchair accessible taxis (WATs) can also be inspected by any Licensed Vehicle Tester (LVT).  However, WATs have additional requirements relating to restraint systems and wheelchair accommodation requirements.  

8. How do I find out where Licensed Vehicle Testers (LVTs) are located in Melbourne and in regional locations?

Licensed Vehicle Tester (LVT) locations in Melbourne and regional Victoria can be found by accessing the VicRoads website. 

9. How do I prove that my taxi or hire car has been inspected if there is no label affixed to the windscreen?

The Taxi Services Commission (TSC) will continue its targeted compliance and enforcement strategy to ensure vehicle standards are maintained across the taxi and hire car fleet.

Under regulations, authorised officers may request a copy of a certificate of roadworthiness as evidence of an annual inspection and vehicle roadworthiness. The operator must retain the certificate of roadworthiness  within the vehicle and present it to an authorised officer upon request.