Taxis are required to have regular inspections at an Authorised Taxi Inspection Station (ATIS), to help ensure the safety and quality of taxis used by the public.
Clause 119 of the Passenger Transport Regulation 2007 requires taxis to have 'Taxi Comfort' vehicle inspections by an ATIS every:
- 4 months if the area of operation is a Transport District,
- 12 months if the area of operation is in the Western Division
- 6 months if the area of operation is outside a Transport District or the Western Division.
There are a number of ATIS examiners providing taxi inspection services throughout NSW.
Role of ATIS examiners
The Secretary of Transport for NSW appoints ATIS examiners for a five-year term. ATIS examiners undergo specialised training before they are appointed and their performance as an examiner is monitored.
Examiners carry out several taxi inspection standard checks including:
- Vehicle age, livery, and decals
- Air conditioner operation
- Taxi meter operation
- Interior and exterior condition
- Operation of safety equipment specific to taxis.
ATIS inspections standards manual
The ATIS Manual of Inspection Standards contains the procedures and inspection standards which apply to the operation of all licensed taxi (including maxi-cabs, wheelchair accessible taxis and stand-by taxis).
These standards are to be followed by authorised examiners at Authorised Taxi Inspection Stations during annual registration inspection times, plate transfers and at every other routine inspection.
ATIS application and appointment booklet
The ATIS Application and Appointment Booklet outlines how the ATIS application process works and what measures are in place for governing ATIS garages and examiners.
Note: Roads and Maritime is currently not accepting applications for accreditation of ATIS examiners pending the transition to the Point to Point regulatory framework in mid-2017. However, Roads and Maritime will consider an application in certain circumstances where an established ATIS no longer has an ATIS examiner and there is a demonstrated regional need.
ATIS application forms
The ATIS application process is detailed in the ATIS Application and Appointment Booklet and is summarised in the general overview flowchart. On applying to become an ATIS examiner, the application forms below must be completed and returned to the address provided on the form.
For more information, please contact Roads and Maritime’s Enrolment Processing Unit, Monday-Friday 8.30am-4.30pm:
- Phone: 1300 791 186
- Office: Level 4, 16-18 Wentworth St Parramatta
- Mail: Locked Bag 5085 Parramatta NSW 2124
- Fax: 1300 793 865
- Email: email@example.com