Multiple hiring is when two or more hirers who are heading in a similar direction use the same taxi at the same time.
Multiple hiring can be used during the peak periods when demand for taxi services is high. It is an efficient way to get large numbers of people to their destination in the shortest possible time.
Because the hirers are giving up their exclusive use of the taxi, the fare is discounted for each hirer by 25%.
There is no rule about when multiple hiring applies, however it is a viable option during periods of peak demand.
Multiple hirings must start at the same time and all hirers must be travelling to destinations in the same general direction.
The maximum fare that can be charged to each hirer is 75% of the standard authorised fare for the hirer's section of the journey.
For example a passenger and her friend hire a taxi from Terminal 2 at Sydney Airport and want to go to Circular Quay. The woman agrees to allow the taxi driver to multiple hire, and a gentleman going to Central Railway gets into the cab. On arrival at Central Railway, the driver stops the meter. If the total fare is $30, the driver charges the man $22.50 which is 75% of $30. The driver restarts the meter and takes the woman and her friend to Circular Quay, whereupon the total fare is $44 and the woman is charged $33 which is 75% of $44.