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Hire car accreditation

The NSW hire car industry provides many opportunities if you are interested in driving and/or operating a hire car. 

Roads and Maritime Services is the agency responsible for the accreditation of hire cars and we are the agency responsible for the regulation of four wheel drive and motorcycle tour operators and drivers and riders in NSW.

The minimum vehicle standards for hire cars have been simplified. In addition, an accredited operator of a hire car service is no longer required to hold a licence in respect of any vehicle used to provide that service.

  • The standards for hire car operator accreditation are the requirements that applicants must meet before hire car operator accreditation can be issued by Roads and Maritime Services (RMS).

    An authorised hire car driver who also wishes to operate a hire car service is exempt from the requirement to hold hire car operator accreditation, subject to certain conditions.

    A person or corporation wishing to be accredited to operate a hire car service must be fit and proper, and must be able to meet the appropriate requirements in respect of:

    1. Financial viability
    2. Safety of drivers, passengers and the public
    3. Vehicle maintenance

    The applicant must have also:

    • Completed an application form and answered all questions truthfully
    • Met all the requirements specified in the accreditation standards.

    Then you will be required to:

    • Deliver or post the completed application form, all the documentation and a $45 non-refundable cheque for payment to RMS.
    • Wait for clearance from RMS.

    Application Form - Hire Car Operator Accreditation

  • Operators must only use vehicles that comply with the Australian Design Standards for Off-road Passenger Vehicles (also known as 'MC' vehicles).

    It is also a requirement of the Act that an accredited operator must comply with the conditions of accreditation, as prescribed by Regulation or by the Secretary, Transport for NSW in order to remain accredited.

    Accreditation conditions may be varied from time to time, and accredited operators must comply with any new accreditation conditions, whether prescribed by Regulation or by the Secretary, Transport for NSW.

    For further information please contact your nearest Transport office:

    • Parramatta - (02) 9689 8888 or toll free 1800 227 774
    • Newcastle - (02) 4929 7006 or toll free 1800 049 983
    • Wollongong - (02) 8265 6600 or toll free 1800 049 961
  • Under the Passenger Transport Act 1990 (the Act), all operators of public passenger services must be accredited by Transport for NSW to be able to provide services legally in NSW.

    Minimum vehicle and equipment standards and driver (rider) standards also apply.

    It is also a requirement of the Act that an accredited operator must comply with the conditions of accreditation, standards and guidelines as prescribed by Regulation or by the Secretary, Transport for NSW in order to remain accredited.

    Accreditation conditions may be varied from time to time and accredited operators must comply with any new accreditation conditions, whether prescribed by Regulation or by the Secretary, Transport for NSW.

    For further information please contact your nearest Transport office:

    • Parramatta - (02) 9891 8900 or toll free 1800 227 774
    • Newcastle - (02) 4929 7006 or toll free 1800 049 983
    • Wollongong - (02) 8265 6600 or toll free 1800 049 961

Last updated: 31 October 2016

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