2017/18 Annual Taxi Licence Determination
The Passenger Transport Act 1990 requires Transport for NSW to determine before 31 March each year the number of annual taxi licences to be released in Sydney. The Act also allows Transport for NSW to determine the maximum taxi fare that customers may be charged for NSW taxi services.
In making the determination for licences, Transport for NSW must consider factors outlined in s32C(3) of the Passenger Transport Act 1990 including:
- Likely passenger demand and latent demand for taxi-cab services.
- The performance of existing taxi-cab services.
- The demand for new taxi-cab licences.
- The viability and sustainability of the taxi-cab industry.
- Any other matters Transport for NSW considers relevant, having regard to the objective of ensuring improved taxi-cab services.
After taking these factors into consideration, Transport for NSW has announced 62 unrestricted taxi licences will be released in the 2017/18 financial year to replace those that have not been renewed.
In November 2015, the Point to Point Transport Taskforce recommended there be no overall increase in the number of taxi licences in Sydney, excluding wheelchair accessible taxi licences. The Government accepted this recommendation noting that replacement licences may be issued.
During the 2017-18 financial year, 62 unrestricted annual taxi licences will be released in Sydney to replace those that have not been renewed.
Point to Point Transport Commissioner Barbara Wise will issue the licences under two separate sealed tender processes during 2017-18.
More details about how and when the tenders will be conducted will be released once the Point to Point Transport (Taxi and Hire Vehicles) Act 2016 has fully commenced.
Wheelchair accessible taxi licences continue to be available on application through RMS.
- 2017/18 Sydney Annual Taxi Licence Determination (pdf 59KB)
- Media release: No increase in overall taxi licence numbers