Taxi licence release

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The Director General of Transport for NSW has determined no additional annual taxi licences will be released in Sydney for the next…

The Director General of Transport for NSW has determined no additional annual taxi licences will be released in Sydney for the next financial year.

Under NSW Legislation the Director General is required to determine before March 31 the number of annual taxi licences to be released in Sydney each year.

This year’s determination reflects the current economic climate as well as improvements made in taxi availability and service reliability, the result of the 464 additional taxi licences issued in the last 2 years.

57 annual taxi licences will be issued to replace existing licences which were not renewed or are due to expire, including:

  • 55 unrestricted licences for 24 hour operation which are reserved for experienced taxi drivers, and
  • 2 Windsor/Richmond fringe area licences.

The 55 licences reserved for taxi drivers will be issued to experienced drivers who are, or who have applied to become, accredited taxi operators.

Over the past two years there have been 229 licences reserved only for taxi drivers, with drivers also successful in applying for the majority of other licences available.

Increasing opportunities for experienced drivers to obtain licences ensures new operators are already familiar with the industry and the high standards of customer service expected.

The determination was based on consultation with customer and industry groups, as well as an analysis of passenger demand, service performance, demand for new licences and industry viability.

The licence tenders will take place in the next few months and further details can be found on the Transport for NSW website at: http://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/taxi-licence-release or by emailing taxitender@transport.nsw.gov.au .