Taxi regulations

The department has prepared draft 'Transport (Buses, Taxi-Cabs and Other Commercial Passenger Vehicles) (Taxi-Cab Industry Accreditation and Other Matters) Regulations 2016' to replace the 'Transport (Buses, Taxi-Cabs and Other Commercial Passenger Vehicles) Regulations 2005' which expire on 27 June 2016.

The proposed regulations substantially streamline the sunsetting regulations – with some regulations being allowed to lapse, and others simplified.

The changes aim to significantly reduce regulatory burden for the industry while retaining public safety and consumer protections.

Next steps

The department released a Regulatory Impact Statement (RIS) which assessed the costs and benefits of the proposed regulations.

Feedback was sought on the  proposed regulations and RIS in May 2016.

Feedback received during the consultation period is now being reviewed. Following that review the proposed regulations will be amended as needed. The department will then make recommendations to the Minister for Public Transport for the Minister to make a final decision on the new regulations.

All comments and submissions will be treated as public documents unless the person making the comment or submission requests that it not be publicly available. 

Publications

Transitional regulations

New regulations must be in place before the sunsetting of the current regulations on 27 June 2016. 

To ensure that there is enough time to:

  • properly consider the outcomes of consultation; and
  • implement proposed changes that are supported,

It is proposed to make transitional regulations that effectively re-make the existing regulations.  These regulations will be repealed and replaced when the  new regulations are made.  It is expected that the transitional regulations will be in place for no more than 12 months.

Page last reviewed on 3 June 2016

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