FIRST TAXI LICENCE DETERMINATIONS UNDER NEW POINT TO POINT TRANSPORT LAWS

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As part of an annual requirement, Transport for NSW has announced its determination of taxi licences for Metropolitan and Regional areas.

Transport for NSW today announced that 90 taxi licences will be issued in Sydney from July, but no new licences will be added to regional areas, Newcastle, Wollongong or the Central Coast, for the time being.

Every year Transport for NSW is required to make a determination on the number of taxi licences to issue.

Following an independent review of the point to point transport industry in 2015, the NSW Government agreed not to increase Sydney taxi licence numbers until at least the 2019/20 financial year, to help the industry adjust to new rideshare players entering the market.

“In keeping with this commitment, the 90 licences for Sydney will replace those which have either expired or not been renewed from 1 July, but will not add to the total number of licences,” a Transport for NSW spokesperson said.

For the rest of NSW, new Point to Point Transport legislation requires Transport for NSW to make a state-wide assessment of the number of taxi licences to be issued. Previously, licences outside of Sydney were available on application.

To help the industry to adjust to changes in the point to point transport industry, Transport for NSW has decided not to issue any licences in regional areas at this time.

“This should give regional taxi service providers confidence that Transport for NSW has heard their concerns and responded appropriately,” the spokesperson said.

Transport for NSW will monitor whether demand for new licences emerges and welcomes feedback from industry participants.

Meanwhile, for those in regional areas where demand is increasing, service providers have the option of adding hire vehicles to their fleet for booked services without the need for a special licence. Wheelchair accessible taxi licences are also available on application.

The determinations are in line with the requirements of the Point to Point Transport (Taxi and Hire Vehicles) Act 2016 and will come into effect on July 1.

For more information, see www.transport.nsw.gov.au.