Fare evasion

Passengers who take a trip in a taxi and do not pay the fare are breaking the Taxi Regulations.

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 $1000 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 should report it to Passenger Services.

A Fare Evasion officer will investigate the incident and attempt to recover the unpaid fare from the passenger.

Fare evasion report form

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.

Fare evasion reports are not accepted when lodged more than 5 days after the date of the incident.

 

Page last updated: Fri Aug 29 2014 9:18:43 AM