Changes for passenger transport drivers
New responsibilities (passenger transport drivers)
Booking service authorisation and association arrangements
If a driver only takes work from a dispatcher or app that they are affiliated or partnered with, and the dispatcher or app network is authorised as an ODBS, the driver will not need to have an association arrangement with them.
If a driver makes arrangements directly with a passenger (i.e. taking bookings) then they are providing an on-demand booking service. This includes rank or hail work. Drivers should either have an association arrangement with an authorised on-demand booking service, or apply for authorisation themselves. Drivers may or may not also take work from a dispatcher or app, in addition to taking their own bookings.
An association arrangement is a written agreement between two parties who both undertake the business of an on-demand transport booking service. The association arrangement must state which is the principal booking service and which is the associated booking service.
More information about association arrangements is available at the What is a booking service page.
New vehicle authorisations - mid-2019
From mid-2019, the current arrangements for owned and leased Perth taxi plates, country taxi-car licences, charter vehicle licences and Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) vehicle licences will cease.
All taxi plates, taxi-car, RPT and charter vehicle licences will be replaced by a single Passenger Transport Vehicle (PTV) authorisation with four categories of service:
- On-demand rank or hail passenger transport service (OD-HR);
- On-demand charter passenger transport service (OD-C);
- Tourism passenger transport service (TPT); and
- Regular passenger transport service (RPT).
Existing licences will be automatically transitioned in July, with PTV application fees waived. The transitioned PTV authorisation will have the same expiry as their previous licence.
Drivers who do not currently own or lease a plate, but who wish to get a vehicle of their own to operate, will be able to apply for a PTV authorisation. This includes on-demand rank or hail vehicles (taxis).
PTV authorisations will be valid for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months and can be easily renewed using DoTDirect All authorised PTVs will require annual inspections and appropriate Motor Injury Insurance.
PTV authorisations will need to be linked to a vehicle. The person who is granted the PTV authorisation should therefore be the person who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the vehicle - either the vehicle's registered owner or someone to whom the vehicle owner has given their consent. For this reason, the PTV authorisation cannot be granted in the name of a partnership or trust; it will need to be granted to one person.
Motor Injury Insurance (MII) premiums are currently under review by ICWA. Once the review is complete, DoT will communicate any changes in MII to customers.
The PTV authorisation fee will be up to approximately $115 for a 12 month authorisation, with a one-time application fee of approximately $15 per application.
To ensure passenger and driver safety, PTV OD-RH authorisations will need to be fitted with a meter, an internal security camera, a roof sign and livery.
Perth and country taxi-car restrictions lifted
As of July 2019, the restrictions on who can operate Perth and country taxi vehicles, how many there can be and when and where they can operate will be removed.
This means drivers will be able to manage their own levels of service, based on customer needs, rather than have these mandated by the Government.
New driver authorisations - 2020
In 2020 the current F and T driver's licence extensions will be replaced by driver authorisations. These will be valid for 12 months and allow holders to drive any authorised vehicle for hire and reward state-wide.
A current National Police Certificate will be required on application and every five years after. Medical assessment reports will also be required every five years unless medical advice requires more frequent reviews.
Heavy penalties will apply for any drivers found to be unauthorised and carrying paying passengers.