Taxi licence determinations

Current taxi licence determination

On 23 March 2018, Transport for NSW made two determinations about the number of taxi licences to be issued in the year commencing on 1 July 2018:

  • 90 taxi licences to be issued for Sydney (the Metropolitan Transport District) to replace licences that have expired or have not been renewed;
  • Zero taxi licences to be issued for areas of NSW outside the Metropolitan Transport District.

TfNSW considered Sydney and regional areas separately, consistent with the approach taken by the Point to Point Transport Taskforce in its review of the point to point transport industry in 2015.

The NSW Government  agreed with the Taskforce’s recommendation 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 and help to maintain the size of the Sydney fleet.  

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, TfNSW has decided not to issue any licences in regional areas at this time.

Both determinations recognise that the taxi industry is going through a time of considerable change, adapting to a new regulatory regime under the P2P Act, and responding to competition from other point to point transport services.

TfNSW may make multiple determinations after making its first determination for a year. This means TfNSW can determine that new licences should be issued if circumstances change. TfNSW will monitor whether demand for new licences emerges and welcomes feedback from industry participants.

Previous taxi licence determinations

2017/18 Annual Taxi Licence Determination

Transport for NSW determined that 62 unrestricted taxi licences would be released in Sydney in the 2017/18 financial year to replace those that had not been renewed.

This was consistent with the recommendation of the Point to Point Transport Taskforce in November 2015 that there be no overall increase in the number of taxi licences in Sydney over a four-year period, excluding wheelchair accessible taxi licences. The Government accepted this recommendation noting that replacement licences may be issued.

The Point to Point Transport Commissioner  issued the licences under two separate sealed tender processes during 2017-18. The first tranche was released in November 2017 and the second in April 2018. Details about the tender processes are available at the Commissioner’s website.

2016/17 Annual Taxi Licence Determination

Prior the commencement of the Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Act 2016 on 1 November 2017, the Passenger Transport Act 1990 required Transport for NSW to determine before 31 March each year the number of annual taxi licences to be released in Sydney. The Passenger Transport Act 1990 also allowed 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 considered 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.

Transport for NSW has announced no taxi licences would be released in the 2016/17 financial year.

A package of reforms to modernise the point to point transport industry and improve accessibility for all customers was announced on 17 December 2015. Considering the market is currently was in a state of transition, as well as the growth in alternative options for customers, no taxi licences will be released into the market for 2016/2017.

This decision balanced the needs of customers for affordable taxi services, and the needs of taxi drivers and operators.

2015/16 Annual Taxi Licence Determination

After considering IPART's advice, Transport for NSW announced a freeze on taxi fares for customers and that no new licences would be issued for Sydney in the 2015/16 financial year.

2015/16 Annual Taxi Licence Tender

2014/15 Annual Taxi Licence Determination and Releases

2013/14 Annual Taxi Licence Determination and Releases

2013/14 Annual Taxi Licence Release Determination

2013/14 Sydney Annual Taxi Licence Release - Tender Results

Tender No: RMS 13.2749.0852 – 65 unrestricted annual taxi licences

Tender No: RMS 13.2749.0853 – 283 peak availability annual taxi licences

Tender No: RMS 13.2749.0854 – 1 fringe area (Richmond/Windsor) annual taxi licence

2011/12 Annual Taxi Licence Determination and Release

2011/12 Annual Taxi Licence Release – Determination

2011/2012 Annual Taxi Licence Release – Tender Results

Tender No. TfNSW DOT2012/002 46 Peak Availability Licences – Driver Only

Tender No: 2011/007 - 69 unrestricted annual taxi licences available for eligible taxi drivers only to apply

The average licence fee for licences in this category was $32,443. Licences may be renewed each year at the fee bid by the applicant – up to nine (9) times for a maximum of 10 years operation.

Tender No: 2011/008 - 69 peak availability annual licences available for eligible taxi drivers only to apply

The average licence fee for licences in this category was $24,301. Licences may be renewed each year at the fee bid by the applicant – up to nine (9) times for a maximum of 10 years operation.

Forty-six of the 69 Peak Availability Licences (Driver Only) were not issued and are the subject of tender no: TfNSW 2012/002

Tender No: 2011/009 - 60 unrestricted annual class licences available for anyone to apply

The average licence fee for licences in this category was $34,652. Licences may be renewed each year at the fee bid by the applicant – up to nine (9) times for a maximum of 10 years operation.

Tender No: 2011/010 - 25 peak availability annual class licences available for anyone to apply

The average licence fee for licences in this category was $26,786. Licences may be renewed each year at the fee bid by the applicant – up to nine (9) times for a maximum of 10 years operation.

Tender No: 2011/011 – 4 fringe area (Richmond Windsor) annual class licences available for anyone to apply

The average licence fee for licences in this category was $28,240. Licences may be renewed each year at the fee bid by the applicant – up to nine (9) times for a maximum of 10 years operation.

2010/11 Annual Taxi Licence Determination and Release

2010/11 Annual Taxi Licence Release - Determination

2010/11 annual taxi licence release - Stage 1 tender results

There was strong interest in the Stage 1 tenders with 1,801 applications received for 250 licences. Taxi drivers were particularly interested in obtaining a taxi licence, comprising 58 per cent of all applications and 47 per cent of all applications in the categories that were open to anyone to apply.

Tender No. 2010/006 - 96 unrestricted taxi licences

The average licence fee bid for licences in the Unrestricted category was $34,967 per annum. Licences may be renewed each year at the fee bid by the applicant - up to nine (9) times for a maximum of 10 years operation.

Tender No. 2010/010 - 90 unrestricted 'taxi driver only' taxi licences

The average licence fee bid for licences in the Taxi Driver Only category was $33,636 per annum. Licences may be renewed each year at the fee bid by the applicant - up to nine (9) times for a maximum of 10 years operation.

Tender No. 2010/012 - 61 peak availability taxi licences

The average licence fee bid for licences in the Peak Availability category was $25,994 per annum. Licences may be renewed each year at the fee bid by the applicant - up to nine (9) times for a maximum of 10 years operation.

Tender No. 2010/013 - 3 fringe area (Helensburgh) taxi licences

The average licence fee bid for licences in the Fringe Area (Helensburgh) category was $2,002 per annum. Licences may be renewed each year at the fee bid by the applicant - up to nine (9) times for a maximum of 10 years operation.

2010/2011 annual taxi licence release – Stage 2 tender results

552 applications were received for the 66 licences. All the licences were open to anyone to apply.

Interim Issue of 100 New Unrestricted Annual Taxi Licences in Sydney

As an interim measure to get more taxis on the road as soon as possible, 100 new unrestricted annual taxi licences were tendered for operation in Sydney, prior to the first annual taxi licence issue which commenced from 1 July 2010.

There was strong interest in the licence tender, with 836 applications received, including 512 from taxi drivers, 130 from other individuals (including operators), 63 from taxi networks and 131 from other corporations (also including operators).

The average licence fee bid for the 100 unrestricted licences was $31,864 per annum. Licences may be renewed each year at the fee bid by the applicant - up to nine (9) times for a maximum of 10 years operation.

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