Want to become a Perth metropolitan taxi driver?
Want to become a Perth metropolitan taxi driver?
To be eligible you must:
- be at least 20 years of age;
- have held a relevant driver's licence for at least three (3) years;
- be of good character;
- be mentally and physically fit to drive a motor vehicle for the purposes of carrying passengers for reward; and
successfully complete the training course and test detailed below.
If you have any questions about the details or costs of any of these steps please contact the relevant service provider.
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Step 1: Successfully complete the Taxi Driver Aptitude test
The first step to becoming a Perth taxi driver is to successfully complete a Taxi Driver Aptitude Test, conducted by the Central Institute of Technology on behalf of the Department of Transport (DoT). This test is designed to assess your suitability for operating a taxi and dealing with customers.
If you are over 20 years old and have held a driver’s licence for at least three (3) years, you can arrange a suitable time for your Aptitude Test by attending the Central Institute of Technology in person and producing your Western Australian Driver’s Licence as identification.
- Central Institute of Technology Perth Campus
Level 6, 25 Aberdeen Street, Northbridge WA 6000
Your Aptitude Test results will be sent to you in the post. After receiving a letter informing you that you have passed the test, you may go on to complete the next steps.
Step 2: Obtain your National Police Certified and Traffic Infringements report
Application for your National Police Certificate (NPC) can be made at Australia Post or on-line with CVCheck. The NPC must be no older than three months.
Application for a Certified Record of your Traffic Infringements can be made in person at any police station or by post to the Information Release Centre. This record must be no older than three months old at the time you apply for your T extension.
Step 3: Apply for a metropolitan "T" extension on your driver’s licence
You can apply for the T extension at any of DoT’s Driver and Vehicle Services (DVS) Centres.
To apply for the T extension you will need to provide the following documents:
- Taxi Driver Aptitude Test result letter from the Central Institute of Technology
- National Police Certificate
- Certified Record of your Traffic Infringements
- A completed Driver’s Licence application form – MDL1 (Download or obtain a copy from a Driver and Vehicle Services Centre or by phoning 13 11 56)
For further information on applying for National Police Certificates and Traffic Infringements report please refer to the Western Australian Police.
You will also need to fulfil the following requirements:
- Provide the names and contact details of two referees who are not family members and who have known you for at least four years
- Show your proof of identity documents
- Complete an eyesight test
- Pay an application fee (see Schedule of licensing fees and charges below)
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Step 4: Undergo a medical assessment
Make a driving medical assessment appointment with your health professional (this examination may take longer than a routine consultation).
You will need to take the Medical assessment certificate - fitness to drive - M107A with you. This form is to be completed by your doctor, who will return it to DoT. Detailed instructions are provided on the form.
DoT will assess your application. Once you have successfully met all the requirements you will be advised in writing that you are eligible to commence the training and registration steps.
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Step 5: Successfully complete the Taxi driver training course
This taxi driver training course is made up of units covering the range of skills and knowledge needed to effectively meet the needs of Perth taxi customers.
The course is completed in two stages; the self-paced learning package and in-class training. The self-paced learning package contains essential information about Perth geography and being part of the taxi industry. The in-class training covers all other aspects of operating a taxi, such as driving and customer service skills.
Training benefits for taxi drivers
The training course is made up of National Road Transport competency units, so if an applicant moves to another part of the transport industry or to the taxi industry in another state the training units they have completed will be recognised.
When you have completed the course, you will be issued a ‘Statement of Attainment’ for the units you have completed. The course can be completed with one of the following approved training providers:
Taxi driver training providers
|Australian Workforce Training||Trade Assessment & Training Centre, Units 2 & 3/3 Blackly Row, Cockburn Central WA 6164||(08) 9414 8800||Australian Workforce Training|
|Black & White Cabs (WA) Pty Ltd – Rose Training Australia||Unit 1, 33 Frederick Street, corner of Daly Street, Belmont WA 6104||(08) 9333 email@example.com||Black and White Taxi|
|Swan Taxis Training Services||7 Harvey Street, Victoria Park WA 6101||(08) 9422 2288|
|WA Advanced Training Academy||129 Clayton Street, Bellevue WA 6056||(08) 9250 firstname.lastname@example.org||WA Advanced Training Academy|
|Australian Workforce Training|
|Black and White Taxis|
|Western Australian Advanced Training Academy|
Step 6: Pass the Taxi Driver Registration Test
After you have completed your training you will be tested by DoT assessors. This test is designed to confirm that you have all the essential skills necessary to meet the needs of taxi passengers. The test involves an on-road test in a simulated taxi.
From 3 February 2014, the Department of Transport introduced changes to the way taxi driver candidates are assessed. The changes are designed to more accurately assess the skills needed to be a taxi driver in the Perth Taxi Control Area (TCA).
The core competencies are split into three families shown in the diagram below:
You are required to complete a computerised theory and practical test.
Stage one - the theory test
The theory test is the first component of the registration test. The test contains 30 questions separated as follows;
- Passenger welfare & customer service (12 questions)
- Perth geography (10 questions)
- Fares and payment (8 questions)
You will need to answer 27 questions correctly within 30 minutes to pass the test. Upon passing the theory test you can immediately book to sit the second component of the registration test.
Please visit the Passenger Services office to sit the theory test after you have completed the accredited taxi driver training course.
The theory test is conducted and may be booked at:
20 Brown Street
Western Australia 6004
Theory tests cannot be booked in advance.
Key documents you must read and understand to be successful;
Stage two - the practical test
The practical test is the second component of the registration test.
The practical test is conducted and may be booked at:
- 20 Brown Street
Western Australia 6004
The practical test is performed in a simulated taxi and includes three exercises;
- Prominent destination: You will be asked to drive to a prominent Perth destination without the use of a map book. You will pass if you are within 15% of the total distance for the journey. E.g. if the total distance allowed is 2km, then a distance of 2.25km is a pass, and a distance of 2.35km is a fail.
- Map book and TUSS: You must use a map book to locate and drive to a residential address within 15% tolerance of the total distance. You will have 3 minutes to locate the address using the map book at the beginning of the journey. In this exercise, you will also be presented with a TUSS membership and will have to accurately complete a TUSS voucher and calculate the subsidy.
- MT Data: You must demonstrate an ability to accept an MT Data job using a data dispatch system.
Meter usage and all aspects of the WA Taxi Driver Code of Conduct will be assessed throughout the test. You will also be required to drive in a smooth and consistent manner as prescribed under the Road Traffic Act 1974.
|Airports / Transport Terminal||Domestic Airport|
|Airports / Transport Terminal||Fremantle Passenger Terminal|
|Airports / Transport Terminal||International Airport|
|Airports / Transport Terminal||Public Transport Centre|
|Airports / Transport Terminal||Rous Head (Rottnest Island Ferry Terminal)|
|Cemetery||Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park|
|Cultural / Tourist Location||Bell Tower|
|Cultural / Tourist Location||Crown Perth (Casino)|
|Cultural / Tourist Location||Hillary’s Boat Harbour|
|Cultural / Tourist Location||His Majesty’s Theatre|
|Cultural / Tourist Location||Kings Park War Memorial|
|Cultural / Tourist Location||Parliament House|
|Cultural / Tourist Location||Perth Concert Hall|
|Cultural / Tourist Location||Perth Convention Centre|
|Cultural / Tourist Location||Perth Zoo|
|Cultural / Tourist Location||Regal Theatre (Subiaco)|
|Cultural / Tourist Location||Rottnest Ferry Terminal (Rous Head)|
|Cultural / Tourist Location||WA Art Gallery|
|Educational Institutions (Tertiary)||Curtin University of Technology (Bentley)|
|Educational Institutions (Tertiary)||Edith Cowan University (Joondalup)|
|Educational Institutions (Tertiary)||Murdoch University (Rockingham)|
|Educational Institutions (Tertiary)||Notre Dame University (Fremantle)|
|Educational Institutions (Tertiary)||University of Western Australia (Nedlands)|
|Hospital||Joondalup Health Campus|
|Hospital||Princess Margaret Hospital|
|Hospital||Royal Perth Hospital|
|Hospital||Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital|
|Hospital||Swan Health Service (Swan Districts Hospital)|
|Hospital||The Mount Hospital|
|Hotel in the CBD||Crown Plaza|
|Hotel in the CBD||Duxton Hotel|
|Hotel in the CBD||Four Points by Sheraton|
|Hotel in the CBD||Holiday Inn|
|Hotel in the CBD||Hyatt Regency|
|Hotel in the CBD||Kings Hotel Perth|
|Hotel in the CBD||Novotel Langley|
|Hotel in the CBD||Pan Pacific Hotel|
|Hotel in the CBD||Parmelia Hilton Hotel|
|Hotel in the CBD||Pensione Hotel|
|Hotel in the CBD||Sullivans|
|Hotel in the CBD||The Ambassador|
|Hotel in the CBD||The Ibis|
|Hotel in the CBD||The Rydges|
|Hotel outside the CBD||Crown Promenade (Burswood)|
|Hotel outside the CBD||Ocean Beach Hotel - OBH (Cottesloe|
|Hotel outside the CBD||Rendezvous Observation City (Scarborough)|
|Hotel outside the CBD||The Esplanade (Fremantle)|
|Hotel outside the CBD||The Raffles (Applecross)|
|Hotel outside the CBD||The Vines Resort (The Vines)|
|Restaurants and Bar||Frasers Restaurant (Kings Park)|
|Restaurants and Bar||Rosie O’Gradys|
|Restaurants and Bar||The Brass Monkey|
|Restaurants and Bar||The Brisbane|
|Restaurants and Bar||The Deen|
|Secure Taxi Rank||Milligan Street|
|Secure Taxi Rank||South Street, Fremantle|
|Secure Taxi Rank||William Street|
|Shopping Centre||Armadale Shopping City|
|Shopping Centre||Galleria Shopping Centre (Morley)|
|Shopping Centre||Garden City (Booragoon)|
|Shopping Centre||Karrinyup Shopping Centre|
|Shopping Centre||Midland Gate|
|Shopping Centre||Rockingham City|
|Shopping Centre||The Park Centre (Victoria Park)|
|Shopping Centre||Westfield Carousel (Cannington)|
|Shopping Centre||Whitfords City|
|Sporting / Entertainment||Ascot Racecourse|
|Sporting / Entertainment||Belmont Racecourse|
|Sporting / Entertainment||Gloucester Park|
|Sporting / Entertainment||Kwinana Motorplex|
|Sporting / Entertainment||Perth Oval (NIB Stadium)|
|Sporting / Entertainment||Subiaco Oval|
|Sporting / Entertainment||WACA|
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Ongoing training for taxi drivers
The Department of Transport is committed to maintaining and improving the standard of service provided to taxi passengers and has introduced:
Taxi drivers who do not perform to the required standard will be required to complete appropriate retraining in order to continue operating a taxi.
Professional Development Training:
All Perth taxi drivers are required to complete 4 hours of professional development training once every two years, prior to renewing their Taxi Driver Identification Card.
Regional Taxi Drivers
The application process for country drivers is different to that for metropolitan drivers. You do not have to undergo the formal training, aptitude or registration tests. You are also exempt from the four hours of professional development training every two years that all metropolitan taxi drivers are required to complete.
- Client Services Officer
Passenger Services Business Unit
GPO Box C102
Perth WA 6839
Telephone: 1300 660 147
Forms and documents
What do drivers learn?
Find out more about training courses and becoming a taxi driver.
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