New Hire Car Laws Level the Playing Field

27 August 2015 | NSW Taxi Council

The NSW Taxi Council today welcomed the NSW Government’s new regulations applying to hire cars in country NSW which will implement clear rules on what constitutes a pre-booked hire car. 

Transport for NSW: New hire car regulations to apply in country NSW

This amendment will offer clarity to both the hire car and taxi industries operating in country NSW.

This clarity covers not only the legal booking requirements for pre-booked hire cars, but also standardises the penalties for ignoring the law.

CEO of the NSW Taxi Council Roy Wakelin-King thanked the NSW Government for its efforts in addressing this issue, highlighting that clear guidelines will help bring certainty to both industries and ensure that there is a level playing field in terms of competition.

“Registered taxis and hire cars are able to co-exist and I have no doubt this action from the State Government is a fairer outcome for all as well as encouraging sustainable business practices for networks, drivers and operators,” he said.

“For too long, rogue hire car operators have been pushing loop-holes in the law and cheating on the system for their own commercial advantage.  These changes pulls these illegal operators back into line and affords everyone a fair go.

“Customers will also now have the opportunity to better understand the rules for pre-booked hire cars and know their legal rights when booking transport options.”

The passenger transport regulation amendment comes at a critical time, with the NSW Government also announcing a freeze on taxi fares in country NSW.

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“With the freezing of fares for 2015-16, country taxi drivers and operators have been forced to take a pay cut in real terms, so this regulation will hopefully go some way to ensuring illegal activity is stamped out and that they’re able to make a reasonable return,” Mr Wakelin-King said.

Passenger Transport Amendment (Hire Cars in Rural Area) Regulation 2015