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Consumer Interest Test - Regional & Country taxis, Country hire cars

The TSC conducts a 'Consumer Interest Test' prior to granting applications for taxi licences in the Regional or Country taxi zones, or hire car licences in the Country hire car zone, in accordance with Section 143 of the Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983 (the Act).

The TSC has discretion to refuse an application only in exceptional circumstances if it considers that granting it would be contrary to the interests of both existing and future consumers in the area the applicant proposes to operate.

In assessing licence applications the TSC is mindful of the underlying objective of taxi and hire car reform, which is to move the industry away from protection and restrictive regulation to one that is characterised by greater competition and self-regulation for the benefit of consumers.

Accordingly, the TSC's policy is that new entry to the taxi industry should be governed by market forces to the maximum extent possible, and that new entry can be expected to deliver benefits to consumers through improved service availability and scope for competition.

Licence applications are granted when no evidence is apparent to compellingly indicate that significant and lasting consumer detriment could result from granting the application.

For transparency the TSC publishes each month the details of licence applications received and assessed.

Applications for Regional or Country taxi licences, Country hire car licences

Month

Licence type

Zone

Primary LGA of operation*

Consumer Interest Test outcome

Comment

Apr-15

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Cardinia

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Jun-15

Hire Car

Country hire car zone

Surf Coast, Greater Geelong, Queenscliff

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Jun-15

Hire Car

Country hire car zone

Macedon Ranges

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Jul-15

Hire Car

Country hire car zone

Yarra Ranges

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Jul-15

Conventional Taxi

Country taxi zone

Ararat

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Jul-15

Conventional Taxi

Country taxi zone

Ararat

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Jul-15

Conventional Taxi

Country taxi zone

Ararat

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Sep-15

Hire Car

Country hire car zone

East Gippsland

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Sep-15

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Campaspe

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Oct-15

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Greater Geelong

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Oct-15

WAT

Regional taxi zone

Cardinia

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Dec-15

WAT

Country taxi zone

Cardinia

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Feb-16

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Surf Coast

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Feb-16

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Horsham

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Mar-16

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Greater Shepparton

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Mar-16

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Greater Shepparton

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Mar-16

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Wellington

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Apr-16

Conventional Taxi

Country taxi zone

Glenelg

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Apr-16

WAT

Regional taxi zone

Glenelg

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Jul-16

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Cardinia

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Jul-16

Hire Car

Country hire car zone

Macedon Ranges/Hepburn

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Aug-16

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Greater Shepparton

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Aug-16

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Greater Shepparton

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Sep-16

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Melton/Moorabool

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Sep-16

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Melton/Moorabool

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Sep-16

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Melton/Moorabool

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Sep-16

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Melton/Moorabool

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Oct-16

WAT

Regional taxi zone

Wodonga

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Nov-16

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Wodonga

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Nov-16

Conventional Taxi

Regional taxi zone

Melton/Moorabool

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Dec-16

Conventional Taxi

Country taxi zone

Moira

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Dec-16

WAT

Regional taxi zone

Greater Geelong

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Dec-16

WAT

Regional taxi zone

Greater Geelong

Approve

No case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

Mar-17

Conventional Taxi

 

Regional taxi zoneGreater SheppartonApproveNo case to suggest approval is contrary to consumer interest

*Main Local Government Area within which proposed operational area nominated by operator is located

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