What is fare evasion?
Passengers who take a trip in a taxi and do not pay the fare are breaking the Taxi Regulations.
The breach comes under Taxi Regulation 9A, which states;
- Hirer shall pay fare at termination of hiring or as otherwise agreed.
- The hirer of a taxi who is obliged to pay for carriage in the taxi any fare that is in accordance with the Act commits an offence if -
- At the termination of the hiring; or
- Contrary to an agreement made with the driver at the commencement of the hiring,
- The hirer fails to pay the fare.
A breach of this regulation carries a penalty of up to $1,000 if prosecuted in a court, or a modified penalty of $250 if an infringement is issued. The taxi fare may also be added onto this penalty.
Report fare evasion (online)
Any driver who experiences an incident of this nature may report it to On-demand Transport.
The Department will conduct enquiries where appropriate and an infringement notice shall be imposed. An infringement notice can only be imposed within 21 days of the offence and will only be issued when the identity of the passenger is believed to be accurate.
A breach of this regulation carries a penalty of up to $1,000 if prosecuted in a court, or a modified penalty of $250 if an infringement is issued.
Please be advised, that in accordance with the Taxi Driver Code of Conduct, drivers have the right to:
- Request and receive payment of the estimated fare and refuse passengers who will not pay in advance.
Fare evasion reports are not accepted when lodged more than 5 days after the date of the incident.