Changes for passenger transport vehicle owners
New responsibilities (passenger transport vehicle owners)
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-RH);
- On-demand charter passenger transport service (OD-C);
- Tourism passenger transport service (TPT); and
- Regular passenger transport service (RPT).
Existing taxi plates and licences will be automatically transitioned in July 2019, 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.
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.
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 an individual person or body corporate.
The conversion of owned metropolitan taxi plates to PTV authorisations will be dependent on how the taxi plate owner participates in the Voluntary Taxi Plate Buyback Payment Scheme.
Government leased taxi plates will be transitioned to PTV authorisations. DoT does not regulate private (owned) taxi plates leases; the renewal or ceasing of private leases is a matter for the lessor and lessee.
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.