Taxi licence determinations

    Current taxi licence determination

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

    This is 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 will issue the licences under two separate sealed tender processes during 2017-18.

    Previous taxi licence determinations

    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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