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.
The ratio of taxis to Authorised Taxi Inspection Stations is updated quarterly to reflect the total number of taxis in the Sydney, Newcastle, Central Coast and Wollongong transport districts compared to the number of ATIS locations.
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.
Applying to become an ATIS examiner
Only mechanics who have been approved by Roads and Maritime Services for the purpose of conducting inspections and tests of registrable light vehicles, pursuant to the regulation under the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Act 1997, will be considered as an ATIS examiner.
The applicant must:
- Be an RMS (formerly RTA) open light vehicle AIS examiner, and
- Be an active RMS (formerly RTA) authorised LPG examiner.
Assessment criteria for ATIS examiners
The following requirements must be met in making application to become an ATIS examiner:
- The applicant must:
a. Work at an existing ATIS garage or
b. Be responding to an EoI issued by Transport for NSW for an additional ATIS garage
- The applicant must be authorised by Roads and Maritime Services for the purpose of conducting inspections and tests of registrable light vehicles, pursuant to the Road Transport (Vehicle Registration) Act 1997, and provide evidence of this qualification to Transport for NSW in making application
- The applicant must be a Roads and Maritime Services authorised LPG inspector and provide proof of this qualification to Transport for NSW in making application
- The applicant should preferably be an active AUVIS inspector, and preference will be given to applicants holding such a qualification in cases where more than one application is received
- The applicant must have a satisfactory Roads and Maritime Services AIS history as determined by Transport for NSW. Details of experience (including years) in the motor trade must also be listed
- Two references must be provided by either a taxi network, taxi operator or other relevant stakeholders in the taxi industry. Transport for NSW may contact the referees
- The applicant must provide details of the workshop's size, parking facilities, facilities for customers and any specialised equipment on site, which may be relevant to the application, eg number of vehicle bays in the workshop.
- Additional taxi related services offered by the applicant (eg air-conditioning servicing, auto electrical repairs and details of any other specialist skills) should also be included to help support an application to become an ATIS examiner.
The ATIS applicant must agree to undergo relevant background checks and to sign and abide by Transport for NSW's code of conduct for ATIS examiners.
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.
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.