Point to Point Transport
From 1 November 2017, the new to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Act 2016 (the Act) and Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Regulation 2017 (the Regulation) will come into effect, along with the powers of a new industry regulator, the Point to Point Transport Commissioner. The Act and the Regulation will create a regulatory framework that will allow for a more competitive and flexible point to point transport industry.
Until 1 November 2017, Roads and Maritime Services remains the industry regulator and the current rules under the Passenger Transport Act 1990 will continue to apply.
At midnight on 31 October 2017:
- All hire car, taxi and tourist operator accreditations (motorcycle and 4WD) and taxi network authorisations issued by Roads and Maritime will cease to have effect. The Regulation contains provisions to assist with the transition of currently accredited operators and networks to the new regulatory framework. The Point to Point Transport Commissioner will write to operators and networks to inform them of how the transition affects them.
- All taxi, private hire vehicle and tourist vehicle (motorcycle and 4WD) driver authorities issued by Roads and Maritime will cease to have effect. Until this time, all point to point drivers must continue to hold driver authorities. Drivers who hold a valid driver authority on 31 October 2017 will be automatically transitioned to the new regulatory framework. Roads and Maritime will write to these drivers to inform them of the process and they do not need to take any action now.