Point to point transport vehicles
Safety check requirements from 1 November 2017
All vehicles used to provide point to point transport services must have a safety check (previously called a pink slip) at least once a year. This applies to taxis and hire cars, including rideshare, regardless of vehicle age (that is, even if the vehicle is less than 5 years old).
As part of the reforms, taxis no longer require twice yearly ‘comfort standard’ inspections. While annual safety check inspections will still be regulated, the taxi-specific requirements will no longer regulated.
Depending on registration type and vehicle age, vehicle owners may not receive a reminder from Roads and Maritime when the safety check is due.
It is up to service providers and vehicle owners to make sure they complete required safety checks and maintain records.
Additional safety standards for vehicles, which are regulated by the Point to Point Transport Commissioner, also apply. These include:
- Vehicles must be regularly maintained, consistent with the manufacturer’s recommendations and any maintenance and repairs (excluding minor maintenance) must be performed by a licensed mechanic under the Motor Dealers and Repairers Act 2013, or an equivalent authorisation under the law of another state or territory, to carry out the maintenance and repairs. (For a full list of minor maintenance go to the Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Regulation 2017, Clause 9 Vehicle maintenance)
- Records of all maintenance, repairs and inspections carried out on a vehicle must be kept. (The Point to Point Transport Commissioner advises industry that an easy way to stay on top of things is by keeping a maintenance schedule that allows all of the information to be kept in one place.)
- While safety checks are required annually, it is important to note that all point to point transport vehicles must be roadworthy at all times. If an authorised service provider (both taxi and booking services) has vehicles that are on the road 24 hours a day seven hours a week, they should account for this in their safety management systems (the frequency of inspections will be a matter for individual authorised service providers).
For more information about these additional safety standards visit Point to Point Transport Commissioner.
What has changed?
Up until 31 October 2017, taxis required ‘comfort standard’ inspections twice a year. Removing this requirement is a result of the Point to Point Transport Taskforce Report recommendations that the Government accepted as part of the broader reforms to the industry.
How to do a safety check
Vehicle registration requirements from 1 November 2017
Vehicles used to provide point to point transport services must be appropriately registered and safe to be driven on the road.
Taxis need to be registered with taxi use. (This has not changed.)
There are two options for hire vehicle registration and owners must decide the most appropriate registration according to vehicle use and tax and insurance implications.
Hire vehicles may be registered as either:
- a Private Hire Vehicle with general business use (for vehicles used substantially for business purposes), or
- a general private use vehicle (for vehicles used substantially for social, pleasure or domestic purposes).
If you register a hire vehicle with private use and your vehicle is less than 5 years old, you will not receive a reminder from Roads and Maritime when your annual safety check is due. It is your responsibility to make sure you complete the required annual safety check and maintain records.
In 2018, Roads and Maritime intends to create a new type of registration for Private Hire Vehicles with general private use. More information will be shared with industry at the time.
How to change the registration of a vehicle
Visit Service NSW or a Roads and Maritime Services registry and complete a ‘Change of Details Form’.