Changes for passenger transport vehicle owners
Passenger Transport Vehicle authorisations - July 2019
From 2 July 2019, all taxi plates, country taxi-car, regular passenger transport 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 (OD-RH) (taxi);
- On-demand charter (OD-C);
- Tourism passenger transport (TPT); and
- Regular passenger transport (RPT).
Existing taxi plates and licences will be automatically transitioned in July 2019, with PTV application fees waived. Each existing licence holder will receive confirmation of their specific transition arrangements by mid-June.
To prepare for PTV authorisation transition, DoT will not accept Charter Vehicle Licence (CVL) applications as of 1 June 2019.
From 2 July 2019, taxi plates will no longer hold any value aside from indicating that a vehicle is a taxi.
All PTV categories
- An authorised PTV can operate anywhere in WA.
- All authorised PTVs will require annual inspections and appropriate Motor Injury Insurance (MII).
- 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.
PTV OD-RH (taxi)
- To apply for a PTV authorisation that will allow you to operate as a taxi, the vehicle must have:
- a roof light;
- a meter;
- a camera that meets the Passenger Transport Vehicle CSU Standard 2019; and
- tactile signage and external livery that shows it is a taxi.
- The taxi vehicle must have signs inside and outside to advise that a CSU is installed.
- Taxi vehicle interiors must display the ODBS:
- authorisation number/s
- contact information; and
- fare schedule.
- Taxi drivers must display driver ID document and ensure it is visible to all passengers in vehicle.
To find out how to apply for a PTV OD-RH visit the Apply for PTV authorisation OD-RH (taxi) page.
PTV OD-C (charter)
- To apply for a PTV authorisation that will allow you to operate as a charter vehicle, the vehicle must have:
- prominent livery; or
- a sign in the left of the rear window (or on the vehicle and visible from the rear) that indicates the ODBS that the vehicle is operating under; and
- interior signage to advise customers that a CSU is installed, if applicable.
- The vehicle cannot be marked using the word “taxi” in a misleading way.
- Drivers of charter vehicles must make their driver ID document visible to the hirer at the time of booking, or display it in the vehicle/on person.
PTV TPT and RPT
- The requirements for PTV authorisations with TPT and RPT categories are the same as OD-C (charter).
- RPT services will also be required to have an RPT service provider authorisation. DoT will contact affected services with further information before July 2019.
To find out how to apply for a PTV authorisation charter vehicle visit the PTV authorisation: OD-C (charter), TPT and RPT page.
How will PTV transition work?
- DoT will use its existing data to transition licence holders to their relevant PTV authorisation.
- The transitioned PTV authorisation will be emailed to authorisation holders on 2 July 2019.
- Transitioned vehicles can keep their original plates.
- To be automatically transitioned, the plate or licence holder cannot have any fees owing to DoT.
- If the plate owner/licence holder does not own the vehicle that the existing licence is attached to, then the transitioned PTV will be granted in the licence holder’s name but attached to the vehicle owner’s vehicle.
- Upon transition, this means that the vehicle owner may access their DoTDirect account, cancel the PTV authorisation and apply for a new authorisation in their own name.
- When the transitioned PTV authorisation expires, it can be renewed via DoTDirect for up to 12 months for approximately $115. PTV authorisations can only be applied for or renewed via DoTDirect. There will be no extra cost for PTVs with multiple categories.
- The expiry date of the transitioned PTV authorisation depends on the current licence type. The table below outlines these dates.
|Current licence||Current expiry date is...||Transitioned PTV authorisation||Expiry of transitioned PTV authorisation|
|Government leased metro taxi plate||-||PTV OD-RH||30 September 2019|
|Owned metro taxi plate||-||PTV OD-RH||30 September 2019|
|Country Taxi-Car licence||1 July 2019 - 31 October 2019||PTV OD-RH||1 November 2019|
|Country Taxi-Car licence||1 November 2019 onwards||PTV OD-RH||Existing anniversary date|
|Charter Vehicle Licence||Before 30 June 2019*
*Customers will need to renew their CVL to ensure they transition to a PTV authorisation on 2 July 2019
|PTV OD-C, TPT||Expiry date of renewed CVL|
|Charter Vehicle Licence||1 July 2019 - 31 August 2019||PTV OD-C, TPT||31 August 2019|
|Charter Vehicle Licence||1 September onwards||PTV OD-C, TPT||Existing expiry date|
|Charter Vehicle Licence (RPT)||1 August 2019
||PTV RPT, OD-C, TPT||Existing expiry date|
Metro and country taxis
All existing owned metro taxi plates, government lease plates and country taxi licences will be transitioned to a Passenger Transport Vehicle (PTV) authorisation in the On-demand Rank or Hail (RH) category. These are known as rank or hail PTVs (taxis).
If you lease a government taxi plate:
- You must not have any lease fees owing to DoT, otherwise your taxi lease is invalid and cannot be transitioned.
- The transitioned PTV authorisation will be issued for the vehicle currently displaying your lease plates or you can change your plates to a new taxi vehicle before mid-June.
If you own a metro taxi plate:
- Submit your buyback application by 31 May 2019.
- If you want to continue in the industry, you must nominate a vehicle for the PTV authorisation. If you do not own this vehicle, you will need the vehicle owner’s consent.
- If you want to exit the industry, DoT will grant the PTV authorisation to the owner of the vehicle that is currently displaying your taxi plate.
If you privately lease a taxi plate from a plate owner or company:
- Your lease is a private arrangement between you and the plate owner or company.
- You may wish to discuss what will happen to the lease as of July, with the plate owner or company.
If you hold a country taxi-car licence:
- Eligible country taxi-car licensees can have the PTV renewal fee waived for three years as part of the Regional Taxi Transition Support Package.
All existing Charter Vehicle Licences (CVLs) will be transitioned to a PTV authorisation in the On-demand Charter (OD-C) category, as well as the Tourism Passenger Transport (TPT) category. These are known as charter vehicles.
Vehicles can keep their existing plates or apply for new state or auxillary plates.
Regular passenger transport
All existing CVLs that do Regular Passenger Transport (RPT) work will be transitioned to a PTV authorisation in the RPT category, as well as the OD-C and TPT categories.
Vehicles can keep their existing plates or apply for new state or auxillary plates.
How will new applications work?
To apply for or renew a PTV authorisation, you will need to have a valid email address and a DoTDirect account.
PTV authorisations can be valid for 1, 3, 6 or 12 months. One month authorisations are offered for when a temporary or replacement vehicle is required; it is not intended that these be renewed.
Any combination of PTV authorisation categories can be selected except for OD-RH and OD-C. There will be no extra cost for PTVs with multiple categories.
Preparing to apply for PTV authorisation
Prior to applying, please ensure:
- The vehicle has been inspected in the last 90 days , or is a new vehicle purchased within 10 days before applying.
- For PTV OD-RH (taxi) vehicle applications, the vehicle has been fitted with a roof light, a meter, a camera, tactile signage and external livery that shows it is a taxi.
- If the vehicle has wheelchair capacity, it meets the appropriate AS/NZD standards and requirements of the Disability Standards for Accessibly Public Transport 2002.
Applications are made via DoTDirect. Applicants can choose:
- the categories of service they wish the PTV authorisation to have
- the authorisation period -1, 3, 6 or 12 months, or an existing anniversary date.
Multiple vehicles can be added in one application if the categories of service are the same. There is a limit of 100 vehicles per application.
The vehicle licence plate number will be required to be entered for vehicle identification. Applicants can also enter a VIN or Chassis number.
MII adjustment fees will be automatically added during the application process – the cost of these may vary by application.
Once payment has been processed, PTV OD-RH (taxi) authorisation applicants will be sent a document that allows them to attend a licensing centre to have taxi plates affixed to their vehicle.
The PTV authorisation document will be emailed to authorisation holders. It is also available via DoTDirect.
What should I do now?
- Now: Make sure you have a DoTDirect account and valid email address.
- Now: Pay any outstanding lease or admin fees to the Department of Transport to ensure your current plate or licence will be automatically transitioned to the appropriate PTV authorisation.
- 1 June 2019: No more CVL applications will be accepted after 1 June 2019.
- By mid-June 2019: For PTV authorisation transition, ensure the vehicle your current plates or licence are attached to will be correct for the transitioned PTV authorisation.
- Mid-June 2019: Licence holders and vehicle owners will receive letters regarding their situation and how PTV transition will work for them.
- By early July 2019: Ensure any rank or hail PTVs (taxis) have all the required equipment.