Are you eligible to become a Taxi Driver in NSW?
In metropolitan areas, to qualify to be a new taxi driver, you must meet all of the following:
- Have held an Australian Driver Licence for a total of at least 12 months in the previous two years. (eg. if you have been driving on an unrestricted licence in another state for a total of 12 months then you are eligible, you just need to have a NSW Driver Licence now, not a licence from another state.)
- Hold an unrestricted NSW Driver Licence. (If you do not have a NSW Driver Licence yet but have been driving with a full licence in other states for over 12 months, you must apply for this first with RMS)
- Be at least 20 years old.
- Be medically fit to drive a passenger transport vehicle. (Service NSW will determine this).
- If required, complete an English language test of conversational English. The University of Western Sydney is now providing NSW Government-endorsed assessment tests specifically for Sydney Taxi Drivers (applicants who hold an Australian/UK/NZ/USA/Canada passport, or completed their Higher School Certificate or Tertiary Degree where the course and assessments were conducted in English, may be exempt from this requirement. Further training for those who qualify under the exemption may be required under the discretion of the NSW Taxi Council on boarding team and management. English Testing information.
If you meet these requirements, your next steps are;
Visit your local Service NSW
Request to complete an Application to become a Point to Point Transport Passenger Vehicle Driver, you will need to apply for a Passenger Transport Licence Code. Download your application form here and lodge this to your local Service NSW outlet. This will cost you $26.00 AU.
If deemed medically "fit" and safe to drive a Point to Point Transport Passenger Vehicle, Service NSW staff will notify you that you have been successful and a Passenger Transport Code (PTP Code or T Condition) will be applied to your current NSW Drivers Licence in the Roads & Maritime Service System. This code begins with a 'T'. To understand why this process has changes, please visit the Point to Point Transport for further information.
What you need to bring to your appointment at NSW Taxi Council
Your NSW driver licence; (T Condition or Passenger Transport Licence Code applied)
Your passport (must not be expired) or a birth certificate or Australian Citizenship Certificate (must be in English);
If the name on your passport or birth certificate is different to your NSW driver licence, you also need to bring a Change of Name Certificate from NSW Births, Deaths and Marriages.
A credit card to pay for your application of $110.00 AU – either a Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card. You cannot pay by cash, personal or bank cheques. This card must be in your name or the card owner must be also present. (This covers your application, appointment, training, criminal history check and Taxi ID Card)
What happens at this appointment? - approx 30 mins
- You will be asked to provide the documents above so the NSW Taxi Council can verify your details and connect you to the RMS and Point to Point Transport Commission Portal
- You will be asessed on your validity to work and drive in NSW as a Taxi Driver
- You will be assessed on your communication skills in the english language
- You will undergo a criminal history check
When can I book into Training and How? - 1 full day (included)
You will receive all information and booking details when you have completed your intial appointment with the NSW Taxi Council- we will book you in manually when you come in for the appointment.
You will placed into a group setting and undergo extensive training covering all aspects of driving a taxi from customer service, driver fatigue and anger management, the next steps with operators and networks and applying all safety requirements to ensure you are compliant under the new regulations and fares order.
Are you wanting to become a driver outside of the metro area of Sydney? We have the same system in place for most country areas of NSW.
It's not expected that you travel all the way to Sydney to become a taxi driver so we've inplemented the same Safety Management System for our Country Taxi Service Providers.
For information about becoming a taxi driver in NSW Country areas contact your local taxi network or the NSW Taxi Council on 02 9332 1266. Country Taxi Operators Associated Networks (CTOA Members) have access to an online portal which the NSW Taxi Council is processing Taxi Driver applications remotely so that we can ensure all new drivers in both Country and Metro Areas can on boarded through the new safer system.
Taxi driving is unlike other jobs, as taxi drivers have a lot of freedom to control how, when and where they work.
The NSW Taxi Council recently talked to taxi drivers about why they like driving taxis and the advantages of becoming a taxi driver. The comments obtained from drivers in different parts of NSW confirmed that careers in the taxi industry can provide many rewards, and can suit many people for a wide range of reasons.
Of particular note is that there are a restricted number of taxis, therefore drivers have good opportunities to earn consistent and sustainable returns in the safest available working environment.
Existing Drivers ID Update
Any Taxi Driver in NSW who had a driver "authority" (now known as your driver ID card) before November 1, 2017 will be automatically transitioned into the new Point to Point Transport Portal. Furthermore, these drivers will need to ensure that their driver ID card is always displayed in the vehicle, visible to their passengers, while driving. RMS (Roads and Maritime Services) has given approval for drivers to continue to use the exisiting ID cards conditional that every Taxi driver in NSW removes the 'RMS' logo located at the top of their ID card. You can achieve this by cutting the top section off your exisiting authority card. If you are a current WATS driver, please ensure you do not cut the Wheelchair logo from your card. Please ensure that you have this completed before you commence driving your taxi from midnight on Wednesday, 1st November 2017 to be compliant with the new laws. You may be fined if this is not completed or if your current ID is not on display. For further enquiries regarding these changes, please contact your Taxi Network, now known as your Taxi Service Provider.
There are fact sheets available regarding the changes to Taxi Drivers in NSW.
Update to Existing Drivers from RMS
Roads and Maritime Services is writing to current taxi, private hire vehicle and tourist vehicle drivers about how they will be transitioned to the new point to point transport regulatory framework.
From 1 November 2017, driver authorities will no longer be required by taxi, private hire vehicle and tourist vehicle drivers.
Instead, taxi and booking service providers may have a requirement for drivers to have a new Passenger Transport licence code on their driver licence record. The Passenger Transport licence code will help drivers and industry demonstrate they meet their safety requirements.
Drivers who hold a valid taxi, private hire vehicle or tourist vehicle driver authority at midnight on 31 October 2017 will be automatically transitioned to the new regulatory framework by having a Passenger Transport licence code added to their driver licence record. This includes driver authorities that have been extended and show an old expiry date.
These drivers will start receiving letters from 20 October 2017.
A new fact sheet for current drivers and new safety check and vehicle registration requirements are now live on the Roads and Maritime website. To find this from the homepage, select ‘Business & Industry’ then ‘Point to point transport’ or directly to Point to Point Transport Commission website here.