Rank and hail taxi fares order
Transport for NSW sets the maximum fares for rank and hail taxi services that operate in NSW. The level of fares for booked services (including booked taxi services) is not regulated, other than trips using the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme.
The current Fares Order (PDF, 90.58 KB) was made on 1 February 2018.
Transport for NSW has determined that maximum fares will not be increased on 1 July 2018, and the current fares order will remain in place for the time being.
Recent changes to fares include removal of a booking fee, changes to the cleaning fee with a maximum fee of $120, removal of the return toll for Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel northbound trips and provision for taxi service providers to pass on the cost of the temporary $1 Passenger Service Levy plus 10 cents GST (totalling $1.10) to their passengers.
Nominal maximum fares have not increased since 1 July 2014.
Fare calculation devices
The Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Regulation 2017 contains new rules for fare calculation devices (or meters) used in taxis vehicle in NSW.
However, taxi service providers have until 1 November 2018 to ensure they comply with the new requirements, as long as their taxis are currently fitted with taximeters that meet all requirements under Schedule 2 of the Passenger Transport Regulation 2007 as in force on 31 October 2017.
All taxis in NSW are required to have security cameras. Taxis used to provide a taxi service in the Metropolitan, Newcastle or Wollongong transport district or within the Central Coast local government area, and that ply or stand for hire on a road or road related area, must be fitted with an approved vehicle tracking device and duress alarm.
To coincide with the new regulatory framework for the industry from 1 November 2017, Transport for NSW has published new Taxi Security System Specifications, as well as Safeguards for the Use of Security Camera Systems.
The Taxi Security System Specifications provides the technical specifications for approved security cameras, duress alarms and vehicle tracking devices that may be fitted to a taxi in NSW.
The Safeguards for the Use of Security Camera Systems outlines the standards for the access, handling, storage and transferring of video recordings made by security cameras installed in taxis.
Taxi camera systems which were compliant under the previous rules (PDF, 258.51 KB) can still be used, but these new specifications will allow more modern technologies to be used to replace legacy camera systems.
- Taxi Security System Specifications (PDF, 85.98 KB)
- Safeguards for the Use of Security Camera Systems (PDF, 163.32 KB)
Taxi licence determinations
The Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Act 2016 (the Act) requires Transport for NSW to determine before 31 March each year the number of annual taxi licences to be released commencing on the following 1 July.
In making the determination for licences, Transport for NSW must consider factors outlined in s73 of the Act including:
- Likely passenger demand and latent demand for taxi services.
- The performance of existing taxi services.
- The demand for new taxi licences.
- The viability and sustainability of the taxi industry.
- Any other matters Transport for NSW considers relevant, having regard to the objective of ensuring improved taxi services.
To help the industry adjust to the point to point transport reforms, the Government announced in December 2015 that no new taxi licences, other than wheelchair accessible taxi licences and replacement licences, would be issued in Sydney for four years. Only replacement licences will be issued in the interim, and there will be no overall increase in the number of taxi licences in Sydney during that time.
Two determinations were made on 23 March 2018, dealing with the number of taxi licences to be issued in Sydney, and outside of Sydney, in the year commencing on 1 July 2018. The current and previous determinations are available at the link below:
Taxi Licence Category and WAT Licence Fee Determinations
Under the Point to Point Transport (Taxi and Hire Vehicles) Act 2016, Transport for NSW is to determine the categories of taxi licences that may be issued by the Point to Point Transport Commissioner, and also to determine the licence fee for a wheelchair accessible taxi licence.
Two determinations were made on 9 November 2017:
- Notice under section 50(2) Categories of Taxi Licences (PDF, 80.11 KB)
- Notice under section 63(4) Licence Fee for a Wheelchair Accessible Taxi Licence (PDF, 7.84 KB)
Referrals to IPART
The Minister for Transport may make a referral to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for an investigation and a report making recommendations as to the number of taxi licences to be issued for a particular period and also as to the maximum fares for taxi services.
Previous IPART reports on taxi licences determinations are available on its website.
Taxi licence tender process
Once Transport for NSW has determined the number and type of taxi licences to be released in a particular period, the Point to Point Transport Commissioner will conduct a taxi licence tender in accordance with the Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Act 2016.
For more information about taxi licence tenders please visit the Commissioner's website.