In metropolitan areas, to qualify to become an authorised taxi driver, you must:
- Have held an Australian Driver Licence for a total of at least 12 months in the previous two years.
- Hold an unrestricted NSW Driver Licence.
- Be at least 20 years old.
- Be medically fit to drive a public transport vehicle.
- Complete an English language test of conversational English.
You must also undertake and successfully complete the TaxiCare Plus Training Program. The program is designed by the NSW Taxi Council and run by the licenced Sydney Taxi Schools. The program is in two stages:
- TaxiCare Plus Bronze Level - comprehensive training on the role of an authorised taxi driver, including navigation and localities, regulations, customer service and business management.
- TaxiCare Plus Silver Level - ongoing training for taxi drivers in the first year, including a series of workshops and seminars.
For information about becoming a taxi drivers in NSW Country areas contact your local taxi network or Roads and Maritime Services on 02 9689 8888 - see more at http://www.nswtaxi.org.au/drivers/become-driver