Leasing taxi plates
How to win a Government lease plate
What is a Government lease plate?
A lease plate is a taxi plate loaned to a taxi driver under Section 16 of the Taxi Act 1994. There are many conditions that must be adhered to when leasing a plate, the principle conditions being;
- Driving the plate yourself for at least 50% of the plate's mandatory operating hours;
- Paying a quarterly lease fee to the Department of Transport (DoT); and
- Ensure the taxi operating conditions are adhered to at all times.
Leasing a plate from the Government offers you the ability to run your own small business and take an active part in the industry. The income made by the DoT through leasing taxi plates is re-invested into the taxi industry.
What is the cost of leasing a Government taxi plate?
Lessees pay a quarterly (every three months) lease fee to the Department as well as an annual administration fee.
Government lease plate fees: 1 July 2014
|Plate type||Vehicle type||Quarterly fee|
|Conventional Taxi||Sedan||$ 3,347.50|
|Conventional Taxi||Van||$ 2,678.00|
|Peak Period Taxi||Sedan||$ 670.00|
|Peak Period Taxi||Van||$ 535.50|
|Area Restricted Taxi||Sedan||$ 1,340.00|
|Multi-purpose taxi||-||$ 1,340.00|
How do I know lease plates are available?
Every release of lease plates is advertised in the West Australian newspaper and listed on the DoT website.
Drivers who are interested in operating a government lease plate usually have a two week period in which to complete an application form and submit it to the Department of Transport. Each plate release is different and calls for different items to be supplied along with the application form.
How are applications assessed?
The Department uses one years' worth of job data to assess each applicant's performance as a taxi driver. Job data is obtained through Taxi Dispatch Services (TDS) and provides information such as driver log-on patterns and how many jobs a driver has accepted, completed, rejected and recalled.
The performance of each applicant is assessed in comparison to other drivers. Applicants are given a ranking based on their performance and the top applicants are offered the opportunity to lease a plate.
The Department also looks at each applicant's complaints and infringements history to ensure no serious offences have occurred in their driving history, and that drivers are not reported as repeatedly violating the Regulations.
How can I increase my chances of winning an offer?
- Always log off when you finish a shift or you are away from your taxi during your shift.
- Don't stay logged on for longer than a standard shift (14 hours).
- Try to complete as many jobs as possible during your shift.
- Aim for good customer service when jobs are dispatched to you do not recall or reject jobs without a valid cause.
- Adhere to the Taxi Driver Code of Conduct.
- Never allow another driver to use your login.
- Provide good customer service so that you receive compliments and not complaints.
- Drive safely so that you do not accrue demerit points.
If you stay logged on when you are not working, your performance statistics will suffer and you may be ranked much lower than you deserve.
Drivers with a low amount of completed jobs or excessive amounts of rejects or recalls in comparison to other applicants will be ranked lower.
If you are looking to lease an Multi-purpose (MPT) plate, ensure you perform as much dispatch wheelchair work in an MPT vehicle as you can.
What if I drive for a TDS that cannot provide the DoT with the required data?
Ask your TDS to look into using systems that will enable them to provide the data required. If your TDS has job data which it does not provide to the Department, you can approach them about providing your data to the Department.
Lease plates are allocated according to good driver performance. If your TDS is unable to provide your performance data, you cannot be ranked against other applicants, which means we cannot offer you a lease plate.
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Pay your taxi invoice online via Bpoint
Bpoint is a payment option provided by the Commonwealth Bank which enables Taxi Drivers to pay invoices on-line using a credit card.
Please use Bpoint to make your Taxi Driver invoice payment.
Please use the link below and enter your biller code to get started.
Purpose-built Taxi Trial participant's resources
The Department of Transport (DoT) is currently conducting a 4 year trial of Purpose-built Taxis in the Perth Control Area. The trial will measure the relative merits of Purpose-Built Taxis in comparison to other vehicle types.
If successful in being offered a place on the trial, you would enter into a five (5) year Purpose-built Taxis (PbT) lease agreement with the DoT. The trial will run for the first 4 of these 5 years.
Your main commitments as a trial participant are;
- Always operating the taxi plates on an approved PbT vehicle.
- Ensuring anyone driving the vehicle has completed a Vehicle Familiarisation Course with the dealer.
- Keeping records of operator costs for the vehicle, specifically;
- Fuel costs.
- Repair and maintenance costs.
- Vehicle registration and examination fees.
- Insurance costs.
- Any other costs paid towards the vehicle.
- Submitting your records to the DoT at the end of every calendar month.
- Assisting the DoT gather passenger feedback by advertising the trial survey in the vehicle and requesting that passengers complete the survey.
- Driving the vehicle yourself for at least 36 hours per week.
The following resources are for taxi drivers who are participating in the trial.
Purpose-built Taxi Trial - How to prepare and submit monthly reporting data (video)
Taxis maximum lease rates - metropolitan
As of: 1 June 2013
Shift lease rates (plate and vehicle)
|Shift||Amount (GST included)|
|Friday or Saturday night shift (includes $3 TCSU surcharge)||$144.00|
|Any other 12 hour shift||$90.23|
Plate lease rates (plate only)
|Time period||Amount (including GST)|
|Peak period taxi plate lease per week (Friday and Saturday night)||$71.50|
|Peak period taxi plate lease rate per shift (other than Friday and Saturday night)||$35.75|
|Taxi plate lease rate per week (other than Peak Period Taxis)||$355.00 (GST excluded)|
Taxi plates for the metropolitan area
There are 4 types of taxi plates available for lease in the metropolitan area.
Taxi plates for the metropolitan area
|Taxi type||Lease period||Cost||Available plates|
|Conventional taxis||8 years||$200 per week (vans) and $250 per week (sedans)||0|
|Multi-purpose taxis||10 years||$100 per week||0|
|Peak-period taxis||10 years||$40 per week (vans) and $50 per week (sedans)||0|
|Restricted-area taxis||10 years||$100 per week||0|
Find out more
For more information and plate availability check the Government Tenders sections of The West Australian each Wednesday and Saturday.
|The West Australian Newspaper|