Taxi and Hire Vehicle Industries Act 2008


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Taxi and Hire Vehicle Industries Act 2008

An Act to provide for the administration of the taxi, luxury hire car and restricted hire vehicle industries and for related purposes

[Royal Assent 16 September 2008]

Be it enacted by His Excellency the Governor of Tasmania, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Council and House of Assembly, in Parliament assembled, as follows:

PART 1 - Preliminary

1.   Short title

[Section 1 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 5, Applied:01 Jul 2013] This Act may be cited as the Taxi and Hire Vehicle Industries Act 2008 .

2.   Commencement

The provisions of this Act commence on a day or days to be proclaimed.

3.   Interpretation

In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears –[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] accreditation means accreditation, under the Passenger Transport Services Act 2011 , in respect of a passenger transport service;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] accredited operator means a person holding accreditation;
AS means a standard published by Standards Australia as amended or substituted from time to time;
AS 3856 means AS 3856 Parts 1 and 2 "Hoists and Ramps for People with Disabilities – Vehicle Mounted" issued and published by Standards Australia as amended or substituted from time to time;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] AS/NZS 10542.1:2009 means AS/NZS 10542.1:2009 "Technical systems and aids for disabled or handicapped persons – Wheelchair tiedown and occupant-restraint systems" issued and published by Standards Australia and Standards New Zealand, as amended or substituted from time to time;
authorised officer means a person authorised by the Commission under section 9(2) of the Traffic Act 1925 to exercise the power or perform the function in reference to which the expression is used;
Commission means the Transport Commission incorporated under the Transport Act 1981 ;
compliance plate means an identification plate approved to be placed on a vehicle, or taken to have been placed on a vehicle, under the Motor Vehicles Standards Act 1989 of the Commonwealth;
fund means the fund established under section 8 ;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] general rhv service – see section 84C(4) ;
human rights legislation means the following Acts of the Commonwealth:
(a) Racial Discrimination Act 1975;
(b) Sex Discrimination Act 1984;
(c) Disability Discrimination Act 1992;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] inactive, in relation to a taxi licence, means not being used to operate a taxi service;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] in advance, in relation to the hiring of a motor vehicle, means that the hiring and the terms of the hiring are agreed by the parties in advance of, not at or just before, the time at which the motor vehicle is actually used for the hiring;
inspection report means a report issued in respect of a vehicle by –
(a) an authorised officer; or
(b) a person who has an agreement with the Crown to carry out inspections of vehicles; or
(c) some other person approved by the Registrar –
that certifies that the vehicle is roadworthy;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] licence means a perpetual taxi licence, a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence, an owner-operator taxi licence, a temporary taxi licence, a luxury hire car licence or a restricted hire vehicle licence;
licence number plate means a plate issued by the Commission in respect of a licence in force under this Act;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] luxury hire car means a motor vehicle that is –
(a) approved under section 73 for use as a luxury hire car; and
(b) operating under the authority of a luxury hire car licence;
luxury hire car licence means a luxury hire car licence referred to in Part 4 ;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] luxury hire car service – see section 67A ;
motor vehicle has the same meaning as in the Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999 ;
owner, in relation to a perpetual taxi licence, means the person recorded on the register of licences as the owner of that licence;
owner-operator taxi licence means an owner-operator taxi licence referred to in Part 3 ;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] passenger transport service means a passenger transport service within the meaning of the Passenger Transport Services Act 2011 ;
perpetual taxi licence means a perpetual taxi licence referred to in Part 3 ;
public street has the same meaning as in the Traffic Act 1925 ;
registered means registered under the Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999 ;
registered operator means a registered operator within the meaning of the Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999 ;
register of licences means the register required to be kept by the Commission under section 85 ;
Register of Motor Vehicles means the register of motor vehicles and trailers kept by the Registrar in accordance with regulations made under the Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999 ;
Registrar means the Registrar of Motor Vehicles appointed under section 5 of the Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999 ;
regulations means regulations made and in force under this Act;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] relevant accreditation, in relation to a taxi service, luxury hire car service or restricted hire vehicle service, means accreditation in respect of a passenger transport service whose operations are in the nature of a taxi service, luxury hire car service or restricted hire vehicle service;
remote area wheelchair-accessible taxi means a taxi that is approved for use as a remote area wheelchair-accessible taxi by the Commission in accordance with Schedule 1 ;
remote taxi area means any of the taxi areas specified in Schedule 2 ;
repealed Act means the Taxi and Luxury Hire Car Industries Act 1995 ;
reserve price, in relation to a taxi area, means the reserve price for an owner-operator taxi licence in that area as specified in Schedule 3 ;
responsible operator, in relation to a taxi licence, means the person recorded on the register of licences as the responsible operator of the taxi service authorised by that licence;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] restricted hire vehicle means a motor vehicle that is operating under the authority of a restricted hire vehicle licence;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] restricted hire vehicle licence means a restricted hire vehicle licence referred to in Part 4A ;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] restricted hire vehicle service – see section 84B ;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] small passenger vehicle has the same meaning as in the Passenger Transport Services Act 2011 ;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] specific rhv service  – see section 84C(4) ;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi means a vehicle that is approved for use as a substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi by the Commission in accordance with Schedule 1 ;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] taxi means a motor vehicle that is operating under the authority of a taxi licence;
taxi area means an area specified in Schedule 4 in which, to which and from which a taxi service may operate;
taxi dispatch service means a service –
(a) that provides radio base, computer or telephone services for taxis or makes arrangements for the provision of those services to taxis; or
(b) that provides controlling, co-ordinating, administrative or other services to an operator of a taxi service for the purpose of arranging for a person who requests a taxi service to be provided with one;
taxi licence means a perpetual taxi licence, an owner-operator taxi licence, a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence or a temporary taxi licence;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] taxi service – see section 9A ;
taxi zone means a length of road to which a taxi zone sign applies;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2009, s. 8, Applied:20 Nov 2009] taxi zone sign means a sign that identifies a length of road for use as a taxi zone for the purposes of the Road Rules;
temporary taxi licence means a temporary taxi licence referred to in Division 5 of Part 3 ;
[Section 3 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 6, Applied:01 Jul 2013] tour – see section 3A ;
wheelchair-accessible taxi means a taxi that is approved for use as a wheelchair-accessible taxi by the Commission in accordance with Schedule 1 ;
wheelchair-accessible taxi licence means a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence referred to in Part 3 .

3A.   Meaning of "tour"

[Section 3A Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 7, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  For the purposes of this Act, a tour is a passenger transport service operated exclusively for tourists, not commuters, according to a publicly advertised route or itinerary.
(2)  Any question or dispute as to whether a particular passenger transport service is a tour is to be determined by the Commission, and the determination is binding.
(3)  In determining whether a particular passenger transport service is a tour, the Commission may have regard to –
(a) whether tourism is a major and regular feature or focus of the service or merely a minor or incidental feature or focus of the service; and
(b) whether the service stops at or diverts to points of relevant interest or provides essentially uninterrupted and direct transportation; and
(c) whether points of relevant interest appear to be determinative of and integral to the route, or merely incidental points of passage en route; and
(d) the passenger profile including, in particular, whether users of the service appear to be pursuing mainly tourism activities or merely seeking personal transportation; and
(e) whether the passengers are taken on to or back to tourist accommodation or a tourism travel connection, or on to or back to a place of no tourism significance; and
(f) the scale and nature of any associated promotional activities including, in particular, whether the service is advertised as a tour or merely as passenger transport; and
(g) whether the service appears to be regarded as a tour by the tourism industry; and
(h) such other factors as the Commission reasonably considers relevant.
(4)  In this section –
passenger transport service includes –
(a) any part of such a service; and
(b) any group of such services;
points of relevant interest means points of cultural, historic, professional, scenic, scientific or sporting interest;
tourist includes sightseer.

4.   Intent of Act

(1)  [Section 4 Subsection (1) substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 8, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The intent of this Act in respect of taxi services is to promote a safe, demand-responsive, taxi transport system that adequately meets the needs of consumers and is appropriately licensed.
(2)  [Section 4 Subsection (2) substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 8, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The intent of this Act in respect of luxury hire car services and restricted hire vehicle services is to ensure that such services are appropriately licensed.

4A.   Act does not derogate from Passenger Transport Service Act 2011

[Section 4A Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 9, Applied:01 Jul 2013] Nothing in this Act derogates from the requirements of the Passenger Transport Services Act 2011 .

5.   Administration and enforcement

This Act is to be administered by the same persons and in the same manner as section 9 of the Traffic Act 1925 provides for that Act to be administered, and that section applies to the administration of this Act in all respects as if a reference in that section to the Traffic Act 1925 were a reference to this Act.

6.   Act to bind Crown

This Act binds the Crown in right of Tasmania and, so far as the legislative power of Parliament permits, in all its other capacities.
PART 2 - Administration

7.   Commission subject to control of Minister

(1)  In the exercise of the powers conferred, and the performance of functions imposed, on the Commission by or under this Act, the Commission is subject to the control of the Minister.
(2)  The Minister may, in order to exercise the control referred to in subsection (1) , from time to time give a direction to the Commission and the Commission must, subject to this section, exercise the powers conferred, and perform the functions imposed, on it by or under this Act in accordance with any such direction.
(3)  The Commission is not bound by a direction given under subsection (2) unless the direction is in writing and signed by the Minister.
(4)  The power conferred on the Minister by subsection (2) is not to be exercised so as –
(a) to require the Commission to do anything that it is not empowered to do by this Act; or
(b) to prevent the Commission from performing any function that it is expressly required by this Act to perform, whether conditionally or unconditionally; or
(c) to interfere with the formation by the Commission of any opinion or belief in relation to any matter that has to be determined as a prerequisite to the performance or exercise by the Commission of any of its functions or powers under this Act.
(5)  Where the Minister gives a direction under subsection (2) and the direction is not complied with, the Minister may cause a copy of the direction to be laid on the table of each House of Parliament within the first 15 sitting-days of the House after the direction is given.
(6)  [Section 7 Subsection (6) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 10, Applied:01 Jul 2013] Subsection (2) does not authorise the Minister to give a direction with respect to the issue, transfer, suspension, cancellation or lapsing of a taxi licence, luxury hire car licence or restricted hire vehicle licence.

8.   General administration fund

(1)  A fund is to be established consisting of the annual administration fees payable for perpetual taxi licences, owner-operator taxi licences, wheelchair-accessible taxi licences and luxury hire car licences.
(2)  The fund is to be applied for the general administration of this Act.
(3)  [Section 8 Subsection (3) amended by No. 4 of 2017, Sched. 1, Applied:01 Jul 2019] The fund is to be established as an account in the Public Account.
PART 3 - Taxi Licences
Division 1 - Preliminary
[Division 1 of Part 3 Substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 11, Applied:01 Jul 2013]

9.   Effect of taxi licence

[Section 9 Substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 11, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  A taxi licence authorises the responsible operator of the taxi licence to operate a taxi service under and in accordance with this Act.
(2)  There are 4 kinds of taxi licence as follows:
(a) a perpetual taxi licence – see Division 2 ;
(b) an owner-operator taxi licence – see Division 3 ;
(c) a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence – see Division 4 ;
(d) a temporary taxi licence – see Division 5 .

9A.   What is a taxi service?

[Section 9A Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 11, Applied:01 Jul 2013] For the purposes of this Act, a taxi service is a passenger transport service under which the motor vehicle used to operate the service is able to be hired on demand in each of the following ways:
(a) from a taxi zone;
(b) by being hailed;
(c) by being booked or ordered.

9B.   Motor vehicle presumed not to be operating as taxi unless licence number plate is affixed

[Section 9B Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 11, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  For the purposes of this Act, a motor vehicle is not taken to be operating under the authority of a taxi licence in any circumstances unless the relevant licence number plate is affixed to the motor vehicle.
(2)  In this section –
relevant licence number plate, of a motor vehicle, means the licence number plate issued under section 89 to the holder or, as the case may be, owner of the relevant taxi licence.
Division 2 - Perpetual taxi licences

10.   Effect of perpetual taxi licence

(1)  A perpetual taxi licence authorises the taxi to which the licence number plate issued in respect of that licence is affixed to be hired on demand within, to or from the taxi area to which the licence relates –
(a) from a taxi zone; or
(b) by being hailed; or
(c) by being booked or ordered.
(2)  [Section 10 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 12, Applied:01 Jul 2013] A perpetual taxi licence is the personal property of the owner of the licence and is capable of being leased.

11.   Responsible operator of leased perpetual taxi licence

[Section 11 Substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 13, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  Subject to this section, the responsible operator of a perpetual taxi licence is –
(a) the owner of the licence; or
(b) if the owner of the licence has leased it, the person who is leasing the licence.
(2)  A person who is leasing a perpetual taxi licence is not capable of being recorded on the register of licences as the responsible operator of the licence unless the person holds relevant accreditation.
(3)  An entry purportedly made in the register of licences contrary to subsection (2) is null and void.
(4)  If the owner of a perpetual taxi licence leases it to a person who does not hold relevant accreditation, the owner of the licence is taken to remain the responsible operator of the licence.

12.   Misrepresentation of person as owner of perpetual taxi licence

A person who does not own a perpetual taxi licence must not hold himself or herself out to be the owner of a perpetual taxi licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

13.   Annual administration fee

[Section 13 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 14, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The owner of a perpetual taxi licence must pay the Commission the prescribed annual administration fee in respect of that licence by the date specified by the Commission.

14.   Failure to pay annual administration fee

(1)  If the owner of a perpetual taxi licence fails to pay the annual administration fee in respect of that licence by the date specified by the Commission –
(a) the licence lapses and the owner of the licence or, if the licence is leased or assigned, the lessee or assignee of the licence has no authority to operate the taxi service provided under the authority of the licence; and
(b) an authorised officer may seize any licence number plate issued in respect of that licence.
(2)  If an authorised officer seizes the licence number plate issued in respect of that licence, that licence number plate is void and the Commission is to cancel that licence number plate.
(3)  If a perpetual taxi licence has lapsed under subsection (1) for a period of 28 days, any licence number plate issued in respect of that licence is void and the Commission is to cancel that licence number plate.
(4)  The responsible operator of a perpetual taxi licence which has lapsed under subsection (1) must not operate a taxi service under the purported authority of that licence or cause or permit another person to operate a taxi service under the purported authority of that licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

(5)  The owner of a perpetual taxi licence which has lapsed under subsection (1) must not operate a taxi service under the purported authority of that licence or cause or permit another person to operate a taxi service under the purported authority of that licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

(6)  If the owner of a perpetual taxi licence which has lapsed under subsection (1) pays the annual administration fee in relation to the lapsed licence, the Commission is to reinstate the authority to operate the taxi service provided under the authority of the lapsed licence as soon as practicable.
(7)  If –
(a) an authorised officer has seized the licence number plate issued in respect of the lapsed licence; or
(b) the Commission has cancelled the licence number plate issued in respect of the lapsed licence –
and the owner of the licence subsequently pays the annual administration fee in respect of that licence, the Commission, as soon as practicable after payment of the prescribed fee, is to issue a replacement licence number plate to the owner of the licence.
(8)  It is a defence in proceedings under subsection (4) for the responsible operator to show that he or she did not know or could not reasonably have known that the licence had lapsed under subsection (1) .
(9)  If the owner of a perpetual taxi licence has not paid an annual administration fee in respect of that licence imposed in accordance with regulations made under the repealed Act before the commencement of this section, the Commission, by notice in writing given to the owner of that licence, is to require payment of that fee by the date specified in the notice.
(10)  If the owner of a perpetual taxi licence does not pay the fee to the Commission by the date specified in the notice, this section applies to the licence as if it had lapsed under subsection (1) .

15.   Transfer of ownership of perpetual taxi licence

(1)  A notification of the transfer of a perpetual taxi licence is to be made to the Commission by the owner in a form approved by the Commission and is to be accompanied by the prescribed fee.
(2)  If a perpetual taxi licence that has lapsed is transferred to another person, the fees due in respect of that licence are payable by that other person.

16.   Replacement licence

The Commission may, on payment of the prescribed fee, issue the owner of a perpetual taxi licence with a replacement of the licence if the Commission is satisfied that it has been lost, destroyed or damaged.

17.   Surrender of perpetual taxi licence

The owner of a perpetual taxi licence may surrender the licence to the Commission by causing the licence and any licence number plate issued in respect of that licence to be delivered to the Commission during business hours.

18.   New owner-operator taxi licence to be made available in place of surrendered perpetual taxi licence

(1)  If a perpetual taxi licence is surrendered to the Commission under section 17 , the Commission, as soon as practicable, is to make available for issue an owner-operator taxi licence, in the taxi area to which the surrendered licence relates, in place of the surrendered licence.
(2)  An owner-operator taxi licence made available under subsection (1) is to be offered for sale by tender.
(3)  The Commission must not accept a tender for an owner-operator taxi licence made available under subsection (1) that is less than the reserve price for that licence.

19.   Requirement for evidence of operation of perpetual taxi licence

If the Commission is of the opinion that –
(a) a perpetual taxi licence is inactive; and
(b) the result of the licence being inactive is a restriction of competition in the taxi area to which the licence relates –
the Commission may, by notice in writing given to the owner of the licence, require the owner of the licence to provide to the Commission no later than the date specified in the notice such evidence as the Commission may require in order to be satisfied that a taxi service is being operated under the authority of that licence.

20.   New owner-operator taxi licence to be made available in place of inactive perpetual taxi licence

(1)  If –
(a) the owner of the perpetual taxi licence referred to in section 19 does not provide the evidence referred to in that section; or
(b) the evidence provided does not satisfy the Commission that a taxi service is being operated under the authority of the licence –
the Commission, by notice in writing given to the owner of the perpetual taxi licence, is to declare that the perpetual taxi licence is inactive.
(2)  If the Commission declares a perpetual taxi licence inactive, the Commission, as soon as practicable, is to make available for issue an owner-operator taxi licence, in the taxi area to which the inactive perpetual taxi licence relates, in place of the inactive licence.
(3)  An owner-operator taxi licence made available under subsection (2) is to be offered for sale by tender.
(4)  The Commission must not accept a tender for an owner-operator taxi licence made available under subsection (2) that is less than the reserve price for that licence.
(5)  The owner of an inactive perpetual taxi licence is not entitled to submit a tender for the owner-operator taxi licence made available under subsection (2) .
Division 3 - Owner-operator taxi licences

21.   Effect of owner-operator taxi licence

An owner-operator taxi licence authorises the taxi to which the licence number plate issued in respect of that licence is affixed to be hired on demand within, to or from the taxi area to which the licence relates –
(a) from a taxi zone; or
(b) by being hailed; or
(c) by being booked or ordered.

22.   Issue of owner-operator taxi licences

(1)  The Commission must, in accordance with section 23 , issue owner-operator taxi licences for each taxi area.
(2)  The Commission may only issue an owner-operator taxi licence to a natural person.
(3)  [Section 22 Subsection (3) amended by No. 63 of 2009, s. 4, Applied:01 Jan 2010] [Section 22 Subsection (3) substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 15, Applied:01 Jul 2013] On issuing an owner-operator taxi licence, the Commission may impose such conditions on the licence as it considers necessary or expedient.

23.   Number of owner-operator taxi licences to be made available

(1)  Before 30 September in each year, the Commission must make available for issue in each taxi area an additional number of owner-operator taxi licences equivalent to –
(a) 5% of the total number of perpetual taxi licences and owner-operator taxi licences in that area, rounded to the nearest whole number; or
(b) one owner-operator taxi licence –
whichever is the greater.
(1A)  [Section 23 Subsection (1A) inserted by No. 27 of 2016, s. 4, Applied:06 Sep 2016] Subsection (1) does not, in respect of a year specified in a notice under subsection (1B) , apply in relation to a taxi area specified in the notice.
(1B)  [Section 23 Subsection (1B) inserted by No. 27 of 2016, s. 4, Applied:06 Sep 2016] The Minister may, by a notice, or notices, in the Gazette, declare that, in respect of any of the years 2016, 2017 or 2018 specified in the notice, subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a taxi area specified in the notice.
(1C)  [Section 23 Subsection (1C) inserted by No. 27 of 2016, s. 4, Applied:06 Sep 2016] A notice under subsection (1B) is not a statutory rule for the purposes of the Rules Publication Act 1953 .
(2)  An owner-operator taxi licence made available under subsection (1) is to be offered for sale by tender.
(3)  The Commission must not accept a tender for an owner-operator taxi licence in a particular taxi area that is less than the reserve price for that taxi area.
(4)  If, in any taxi area –
(a) the average tender price for those licences sold in accordance with this section exceeds the reserve price for that licence by more than 100%; and
(b) all available licences for that taxi area are sold –
the Commission must make available a further number of owner-operator taxi licences, calculated in accordance with subsection (1) , for sale by further tender as soon as practicable.
(5)  If a licence made available under this section is not sold by tender, the Commission is to make that licence available for sale at the reserve price as soon as practicable after the conclusion of the tender.
(6)  [Section 23 Subsection (6) substituted by No. 27 of 2016, s. 4, Applied:06 Sep 2016] If –
(a) a licence in relation to a taxi area is, under subsection (5) , made available for sale in a year; and
(b) the Minister has not issued a notice under subsection (1B) declaring that subsection (1) does not apply in relation to the taxi area for the following year; and
(c) the licence is not sold before the date on which the Commission calls the following year's tender in respect of the taxi area –
the Commission is, on that date, to withdraw the licence from sale.
(7)  [Section 23 Subsection (7) inserted by No. 27 of 2016, s. 4, Applied:06 Sep 2016] If –
(a) a licence in relation to a taxi area is, under subsection (5) , made available for sale in a year; and
(b) the Minister has issued a notice under subsection (1B) declaring that subsection (1) does not apply in relation to the taxi area for the following year; and
(c) the licence is not sold before 30 September in the following year –
the Commission is, on 30 September in that following year, to withdraw the licence from sale.

24.   Application for owner-operator taxi licence

(1)  An application for an owner-operator taxi licence is to be made by an individual in a form approved by the Commission and is to be accompanied by the prescribed fee.
(2)  The Commission is not to issue an owner-operator taxi licence to a person unless it is satisfied that –
(a) the person is a natural person; and
(b) [Section 24 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 16, Applied:01 Jul 2013] the person holds relevant accreditation; and
(c) [Section 24 Subsection (2) amended by No. 63 of 2009, s. 5, Applied:01 Jan 2010] [Section 24 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 16, Applied:01 Jul 2013] the person is the registered operator of a vehicle that is suitable for use as a taxi and is not being used to operate a taxi service under the authority of another taxi licence; and
(d) the person has no outstanding fees due to the Commission.
(3)  [Section 24 Subsection (3) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 16, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The Commission is to refuse an application for an owner-operator taxi licence if the Commission is not satisfied that the applicant would be the operator of the taxi service to be operated under the authority of that licence.
(4)  [Section 24 Subsection (4) inserted by No. 63 of 2009, s. 5, Applied:01 Jan 2010] For the purposes of subsection (2) , a vehicle is suitable for use as a taxi if the vehicle complies with the requirements prescribed in the regulations.

25.   Responsible operator of owner-operator taxi licence

The holder of an owner-operator taxi licence is the responsible operator of that licence.

26.   Misrepresentation of person as holder of owner-operator taxi licence

A person who does not hold an owner-operator taxi licence must not hold himself or herself out to be the holder of an owner-operator taxi licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

27.   Prohibition on leasing owner-operator taxi licence

[Section 27 Substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 17, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  An owner-operator taxi licence is not capable of being leased and any agreement purporting to do so is, to that extent, void and unenforceable.
(2)  If the Commission is satisfied that the holder of an owner-operator taxi licence has entered into an agreement purporting to lease the licence to another person or an agreement purporting to permit another person to operate a taxi service under the authority of the licence, the Commission is to cancel the licence in accordance with section 36 .
(3)  A person who in any capacity enters into an agreement of a kind referred to in subsection (2) is guilty of an offence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

(4)  In this section –
agreement means an oral or written agreement.

28.   Owner-operator taxi licence conditions

[Section 28 Subsection (1) amended by No. 63 of 2009, s. 6, Applied:01 Jan 2010] [Section 28 Substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 17, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  At any time after an owner-operator taxi licence is issued, the Commission may –
(a) impose such conditions on the licence as it considers necessary or expedient; or
(b) vary or revoke any conditions of the licence.
(2)  Before exercising its power under subsection (1) , the Commission is to –
(a) give the holder of the owner-operator taxi licence notice in writing of its intention and a reasonable opportunity to make representations thereon; and
(b) take any such representations into account.
(3)  On exercising its power under subsection (1) , the Commission may recall the licence and issue the holder of the licence with a free replacement.
(4)  The holder of an owner-operator taxi licence must not contravene the conditions of the licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

29.   Annual administration fee

[Section 29 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 18, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The holder of an owner-operator taxi licence must pay the Commission the prescribed annual administration fee in respect of that licence by the date specified by the Commission.

30.   Failure to pay annual administration fee

(1)  If the holder of an owner-operator taxi licence fails to pay the annual administration fee in respect of that licence by the date specified by the Commission –
(a) the licence lapses and the holder of the licence has no authority to operate the taxi service provided under the authority of the licence; and
(b) an authorised officer may seize any licence number plate issued in respect of the licence.
(2)  If an authorised officer seizes the licence number plate issued in respect of that licence, that licence number plate is void and the Commission is to cancel that licence number plate.
(3)  If an owner-operator taxi licence has lapsed under subsection (1) for a period of 28 days, any licence number plate issued in respect of that licence is void and the Commission is to cancel the licence number plate.
(4)  The holder of an owner-operator taxi licence which has lapsed under subsection (1) must not operate a taxi service under the purported authority of that licence or cause or permit another person to operate a taxi service under the purported authority of that licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

(5)  If the holder of an owner-operator taxi licence which has lapsed under subsection (1) pays the annual administration fee in relation to the lapsed licence, the Commission is to reinstate the authority to operate the taxi service provided under the authority of the lapsed licence as soon as practicable.
(6)  If –
(a) an authorised officer has seized the licence number plate issued in respect of the lapsed licence; or
(b) the Commission has cancelled the licence number plate issued in respect of the lapsed licence –
and the holder of the licence subsequently pays the annual administration fee in respect of that licence, the Commission, as soon as practicable after payment of the prescribed fee, is to issue a replacement licence number plate to the holder of the licence.

31.   Transfer of owner-operator taxi licence to another person

(1)  [Section 31 Subsection (1) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 19, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The holder of an owner-operator taxi licence who wishes to transfer it to another person must, in a form approved by the Commission and on payment of the prescribed fee, apply to the Commission for approval for that transfer before transferring the licence.
(2)  The Commission may approve the transfer of an owner-operator taxi licence if it is satisfied that the person to whom the licence is proposed to be transferred –
(a) is a natural person; and
(b) [Section 31 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 19, Applied:01 Jul 2013] holds relevant accreditation; and
(c) [Section 31 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 19, Applied:01 Jul 2013] is the registered operator of a vehicle that is suitable for use as a taxi and not being used to operate a taxi service under the authority of another taxi licence; and
(d) [Section 31 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 19, Applied:01 Jul 2013] has no outstanding fees due to the Commission.
(3)  The Commission is to refuse the transfer of an owner-operator taxi licence if the Commission reasonably believes that the person to whom the licence is proposed to be transferred would not be the operator of the taxi service to which that licence relates.
(4)  The Commission may refuse the transfer of an owner-operator taxi licence –
(a) if the licence has lapsed as mentioned in section 30 ; or
(b) if the licence is suspended under section 36 ; or
(c) if the licence is subject to a notice of intention to suspend or cancel under section 36 .
(5)  The transfer of the owner-operator taxi licence is of no effect until the transfer has been approved by the Commission and has been recorded on the register of licences.

32.   Replacement licence

The Commission may, on payment of the prescribed fee, issue the holder of an owner-operator taxi licence with a replacement of the licence if the Commission is satisfied that it has been lost, destroyed or damaged.

33.   Surrender of owner-operator taxi licence

The holder of an owner-operator taxi licence may surrender the licence to the Commission by causing the licence and any licence number plate issued in respect of that licence to be delivered to the Commission during business hours.

34.   Inactive owner-operator taxi licence

(1)  If the Commission is of the opinion that –
(a) an owner-operator taxi licence is inactive; and
(b) the result of the licence being inactive is a restriction on competition in the taxi area to which the licence relates –
the Commission may, by notice in writing given to the holder of the licence, require the holder of the licence to provide to the Commission no later than the date specified in the notice such evidence as the Commission may require that a taxi service is being operated under the authority of that licence.
(2)  If –
(a) the holder of the owner-operator taxi licence referred to in subsection (1) does not provide the evidence referred to in that subsection; or
(b) the evidence provided does not satisfy the Commission that a taxi service is being operated under the authority of the licence –
the Commission, by notice in writing given to the holder of the licence, is to declare that licence inactive.
(3)  If the Commission declares an owner-operator taxi licence inactive, the Commission, by notice in writing given to the holder of the licence, is to require the holder of the licence to either –
(a) [Section 34 Subsection (3) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 20, Applied:01 Jul 2013] transfer the licence to a person who holds relevant accreditation; or
(b) surrender the licence to the Commission.
(4)  On receipt of a notice under subsection (3) , the holder of the owner-operator taxi licence, not later than the date specified in the notice must –
(a) [Section 34 Subsection (4) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 20, Applied:01 Jul 2013] transfer the licence to a person who holds relevant accreditation; or
(b) surrender the licence to the Commission.
(5)  If the holder of an owner-operator taxi licence does not comply with a requirement of the Commission under subsection (3) , the Commission may cancel the licence in accordance with section 36 .

35.   Cancellation of accreditation

(1)  [Section 35 Subsection (1) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 21, Applied:01 Jul 2013] If the Commission cancels the accreditation of the holder of an owner-operator taxi licence, the Commission, by notice in writing given to the holder of the licence, is to require the holder of the licence to either –
(a) [Section 35 Subsection (1) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 21, Applied:01 Jul 2013] transfer that licence to a person who holds relevant accreditation within the period specified in the notice; or
(b) surrender that licence to the Commission within the period specified in the notice.
(2)  On receipt of a notice under subsection (1) , the holder of the owner-operator taxi licence, not later than the date specified in the notice, must –
(a) [Section 35 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 21, Applied:01 Jul 2013] transfer the licence to a person who holds relevant accreditation; or
(b) surrender the licence to the Commission.
(3)  If the holder of the owner-operator taxi licence does not comply with a requirement of the Commission given under subsection (1) , the Commission may cancel the licence without notice.

36.   Suspension or cancellation of owner-operator taxi licence

(1)  The Commission, in prescribed circumstances, may suspend or cancel an owner-operator taxi licence.
(2)  [Section 36 Subsection (2) substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 22, Applied:01 Jul 2013] Before exercising its powers under subsection (1) , the Commission is to –
(a) give the holder of the owner-operator taxi licence notice in writing of its intention and a reasonable opportunity to make representations to the Commission thereon; and
(b) take any such representations into account.
(3)  If the Commission is satisfied on reasonable grounds that there is an immediate and serious danger to public safety, the Commission may suspend or cancel an owner-operator taxi licence.
(4)  Subsection (2) does not apply if the Commission exercises its powers under subsection (3) .
(5)  An owner-operator taxi licence is of no effect during any period of its suspension.
(6)  The holder of an owner-operator taxi licence that has been suspended under subsection (1) or (3) must not operate a taxi service under the purported authority of that licence or cause or permit another person to operate a taxi service under the purported authority of that licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

37.   New owner-operator taxi licence to be made available in place of surrendered or cancelled owner-operator taxi licence

(1)  If an owner-operator taxi licence is surrendered to the Commission under section 33 , 34 or 35 or cancelled under section 35 or 36 , the Commission, as soon as practicable, is to make available for issue an owner-operator taxi licence in the taxi area to which the surrendered or cancelled licence relates in the place of the surrendered or cancelled licence.
(2)  An owner-operator taxi licence made available under subsection (1) is to be offered for sale by tender.
(3)  The Commission must not accept a tender for an owner-operator taxi licence made available under subsection (1) that is less than the reserve price for that licence.
(4)  A person who has surrendered his or her owner-operator taxi licence to the Commission under section 34 or 35 or whose owner-operator taxi licence has been cancelled by the Commission under section 35 or 36 is not entitled to submit a tender for the owner-operator taxi licence made available under subsection (1) .

38.   Delivering-up of owner-operator taxi licence

The holder of an owner-operator taxi licence must, if given notice by the Commission to do so, deliver up that licence to the Commission at such time and place as is specified in the notice.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.

Division 4 - Wheelchair-accessible taxi licences

39.   Effect of wheelchair-accessible taxi licence

A wheelchair-accessible taxi licence authorises the vehicle specified in that licence to be hired on demand within, to or from the taxi area to which the licence relates –
(a) from a taxi zone; or
(b) by being hailed; or
(c) by being booked or ordered.

40.   Issue of wheelchair-accessible taxi licences

(1)  The Commission may issue a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence.
(2)  [Section 40 Subsection (2) amended by No. 63 of 2009, s. 7, Applied:01 Jan 2010] [Section 40 Subsection (2) substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 23, Applied:01 Jul 2013] On issuing a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence, the Commission –
(a) may impose such conditions on the licence as it considers necessary or expedient; and
(b) is to specify, in the licence, the vehicle that may be used under the licence.

41.   Application for wheelchair-accessible taxi licence

(1)  An application for a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence is to be made in a form approved by the Commission and is to be accompanied by the prescribed fee.
(2)  The Commission is not to issue a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence to a person unless it is satisfied that –
(a) [Section 41 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 24, Applied:01 Jul 2013] the person holds relevant accreditation; and
(b) the person is the registered operator of the vehicle to which the licence, if issued, will relate; and
(c) the person has no outstanding fees due to the Commission.
(3)  The Commission is not to issue a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence in respect of a vehicle unless the vehicle –
(a) is –
(i) [Section 41 Subsection (3) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 24, Applied:01 Jul 2013] in the case of a remote taxi area, approved for use under Schedule 1 as a remote area wheelchair-accessible taxi or a wheelchair-accessible taxi; or
(ii) [Section 41 Subsection (3) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 24, Applied:01 Jul 2013] in any other taxi area, approved for use under Schedule 1 as a wheelchair-accessible taxi; and
(b) is –
(i) in the case of a remote taxi area, not more than 7 years old; or
(ii) in any other taxi area, not more than 12 months old and has an odometer reading of less than 1 000 kilometres.
(4)  The Commission is to refuse an application for a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence if the Commission is not satisfied that the applicant would be the operator of the taxi service to be provided under the authority of the licence.

42.   Responsible operator of wheelchair-accessible taxi licence

The holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence is the responsible operator of that licence.

43.   Misrepresentation of person as holder of wheelchair-accessible taxi licence

A person who does not hold a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence must not hold himself or herself out to be the holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence or the operator of a wheelchair-accessible taxi service.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

44.   Prohibition on leasing wheelchair-accessible taxi licence

[Section 44 Substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 25, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  A wheelchair-accessible taxi licence is not capable of being leased and any agreement purporting to do so is, to that extent, void and unenforceable.
(2)  If the Commission is satisfied that the holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence has entered into an agreement purporting to lease the licence to another person or an agreement purporting to permit another person to operate a taxi service under the authority of the licence, the Commission is to cancel the licence in accordance with section 55 .
(3)  A person who in any capacity enters into an agreement of a kind referred to in subsection (2) is guilty of an offence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

(4)  In this section –
agreement means an oral or written agreement.

45.   Vehicle to be used under authority of wheelchair-accessible taxi licence

[Section 45 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 26, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence must not operate a taxi service under the authority of that licence using a vehicle other than the vehicle specified in that licence unless the Commission has authorised the use of that vehicle under section 51 .

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.

46.   Wheelchair-accessible taxi licence conditions

[Section 46 Subsection (1) amended by No. 63 of 2009, s. 8, Applied:01 Jan 2010] [Section 46 Substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 27, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  At any time after a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence is issued, the Commission may –
(a) impose such conditions on the licence as it considers necessary or expedient; or
(b) vary or revoke any conditions of the licence.
(2)  Before exercising its power under subsection (1) , the Commission is to –
(a) give the holder of the licence notice in writing of its intention and a reasonable opportunity to make representations thereon; and
(b) take any such representations into account.
(3)  On exercising its power under subsection (1) , the Commission may recall the licence and issue the holder of the licence with a free replacement.
(4)  The holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence must not contravene the conditions of the licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

47.   Annual administration fee

[Section 47 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 28, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence must pay the Commission the prescribed annual administration fee in respect of that licence by the date specified by the Commission.

48.   Failure to pay annual administration fee

(1)  If the holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence fails to pay the annual administration fee in respect of that licence by the date specified by the Commission –
(a) the licence lapses and the holder of the licence has no authority to operate the taxi service provided under the authority of the licence; and
(b) an authorised officer may seize any licence number plate issued in respect of the licence.
(2)  If an authorised officer seizes the licence number plate issued in respect of that licence, that licence number plate is void and the Commission is to cancel that licence number plate.
(3)  If a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence has lapsed under subsection (1) for a period of 28 days, any licence number plate issued in respect of that licence is void and the Commission is to cancel that licence number plate.
(4)  The holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence that has lapsed under subsection (1) must not operate a taxi service under the purported authority of that licence or cause or permit another person to operate a taxi service under the purported authority of that licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

(5)  If the holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence which has lapsed under subsection (1) pays the annual administration fee in relation to the lapsed licence, the Commission is to reinstate the authority to operate the taxi service provided under the authority of the lapsed licence as soon as practicable.
(6)  If –
(a) an authorised officer has seized the licence number plate issued in respect of the lapsed licence; or
(b) the Commission has cancelled the licence number plate issued in respect of the lapsed licence –
and the holder of the licence subsequently pays the annual administration fee in respect of that licence, the Commission, as soon as practicable after payment of the prescribed fee, is to issue a replacement licence number plate to the holder of the licence.

49.   Transfer of wheelchair-accessible taxi licence to another person

(1)  [Section 49 Subsection (1) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 29, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence who wishes to transfer it to another person must, in a form approved by the Commission and on payment of the prescribed fee, apply to the Commission for approval for that transfer before transferring the licence.
(2)  The Commission may approve the transfer of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence if it is satisfied that the person to whom the licence is proposed to be transferred –
(a) [Section 49 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 29, Applied:01 Jul 2013] holds relevant accreditation; and
(b) [Section 49 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 29, Applied:01 Jul 2013] is, or will be, the registered operator of the vehicle to which the licence relates; and
(c) [Section 49 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 29, Applied:01 Jul 2013] has no outstanding fees due to the Commission.
(3)  The Commission is to refuse the transfer of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence –
(a) if the Commission reasonably believes that the person to whom the licence is proposed to be transferred would not be the operator of the taxi service to which that licence relates; or
(b) if the Commission determines that the vehicle which is proposed to be operated under the authority of the licence does not comply with section 41(3)(a) .
(4)  The Commission may refuse the transfer of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence if –
(a) the licence has lapsed as mentioned in section 48 ; or
(b) the licence is suspended under section 55 ; or
(c) the licence is subject to a notice of intention to suspend or cancel under section 55 .
(5)  The transfer of the wheelchair-accessible taxi licence is of no effect until the transfer has been approved by the Commission and has been recorded on the register of licences.

50.   Transfer of wheelchair-accessible taxi licence to another vehicle

(1)  [Section 50 Subsection (1) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 30, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence who wishes to transfer it to another vehicle must, in a form approved by the Commission and on payment of the prescribed fee, apply to the Commission for approval for that transfer before transferring the licence.
(2)  The Commission may approve the transfer if the Commission –
(a) [Section 50 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 30, Applied:01 Jul 2013] determines that the other vehicle complies with section 41(3)(a) ; and
(b) [Section 50 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 30, Applied:01 Jul 2013] is satisfied that the applicant is the registered operator of the other vehicle.
(3)  The Commission may refuse the transfer if –
(a) the wheelchair-accessible taxi licence has lapsed as mentioned in section 48 ; or
(b) the licence is suspended under section 55 ; or
(c) the licence is subject to a notice of intention to suspend or cancel under section 55 .

51.   Substitute wheelchair-accessible taxis

(1)  The holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence may apply to the Commission to transfer that licence to a substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi for a temporary period.
(2)  [Section 51 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 31, Applied:01 Jul 2013] An application to transfer a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence to a substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi for a temporary period must be made in a form approved by the Commission and accompanied by the prescribed fee, if any.
(3)  The Commission may approve the transfer if the Commission is satisfied that –
(a) the vehicle to which the wheelchair-accessible taxi licence is proposed to be transferred is a substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi and has a current inspection report; and
(b) the vehicle to which the licence relates is not being used for any other purpose and is not able to be operated as a wheelchair-accessible taxi for the period of time specified in the application; and
(c) the holder of the licence is taking action to repair or permanently replace the vehicle to which the licence relates.
(4)  The Commission is to determine the period of time for which the substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi may operate under the wheelchair-accessible taxi licence.
(5)  The Commission may, on application from the holder of the wheelchair-accessible taxi licence, and if satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for doing so, extend the period of time for which the substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi may operate under that licence.
(6)  The holder of the wheelchair-accessible taxi licence must –
(a) affix the licence number plate of the unavailable wheelchair-accessible taxi to the substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi; and
(b) keep that licence number plate affixed to that vehicle during the time period that the substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi is authorised to operate under that licence; and
(c) remove that licence number plate from the substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi on the expiry of the time period referred to in paragraph (b) .

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.

52.   Replacement licence

The Commission may, on payment of the prescribed fee, issue the holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence with a replacement of the licence if the Commission is satisfied that it has been lost, destroyed or damaged.

53.   Surrender of wheelchair-accessible taxi licence

The holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence may surrender the licence to the Commission by causing the licence and any licence number plate issued in respect of that licence to be delivered to the Commission during business hours.

54.   Cancellation of accreditation

(1)  [Section 54 Subsection (1) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 32, Applied:01 Jul 2013] If the Commission cancels the accreditation of the holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence, the Commission, by notice in writing given to the holder of the licence, is to require the holder of the licence to either –
(a) [Section 54 Subsection (1) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 32, Applied:01 Jul 2013] transfer the licence to a person who holds relevant accreditation within the period specified in the notice; or
(b) [Section 54 Subsection (1) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 32, Applied:01 Jul 2013] surrender the licence to the Commission within the period specified in the notice.
(2)  On receipt of a notice under subsection (1) , the holder of the wheelchair-accessible taxi licence, not later than the date specified in the notice, must –
(a) [Section 54 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 32, Applied:01 Jul 2013] transfer the licence to a person who holds relevant accreditation; or
(b) surrender the licence to the Commission.
(3)  If the holder of the wheelchair-accessible taxi licence does not comply with a requirement of the Commission given under subsection (1) , the Commission may cancel the licence without notice.

55.   Suspension or cancellation of wheelchair-accessible taxi licence

(1)  The Commission, in prescribed circumstances, may suspend or cancel a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence.
(2)  [Section 55 Subsection (2) substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 33, Applied:01 Jul 2013] Before exercising its power under subsection (1) , the Commission is to –
(a) give the holder of the wheelchair-accessible taxi licence notice in writing of its intention and a reasonable opportunity to make representations thereon; and
(b) take any such representations into account.
(3)  If the Commission is satisfied on reasonable grounds that there is an immediate and serious danger to public safety, the Commission may suspend or cancel a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence.
(4)  Subsection (2) does not apply if the Commission exercises its powers under subsection (3) .
(5)  A wheelchair-accessible taxi licence is of no effect during any period of its suspension.
(6)  The holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence that has been suspended under subsection (1) or (3) must not operate a taxi service under the purported authority of that licence or cause or permit another person to operate a taxi service under the purported authority of that licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

56.   Delivering-up of wheelchair-accessible taxi licence

The holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence must, if given notice by the Commission to do so, deliver up that licence to the Commission at such time and place as is specified in the notice.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.

Division 5 - Temporary taxi licences

57.   Temporary taxi licence

A temporary taxi licence has the effect of an owner-operator taxi licence for the period for which it is in force and is not transferable.

58.   Issue of temporary taxi licences

(1)  The Commission may issue temporary taxi licences.
(2)  A temporary taxi licence may be subject to any conditions that the Commission thinks fit.

59.   Application for temporary taxi licence

(1)  An application for a temporary taxi licence is to be made in a form approved by the Commission and is to be accompanied by the prescribed fee.
(2)  [Section 59 Subsection (2) substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 34, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The Commission may issue a person with a temporary taxi licence if it is satisfied that the person –
(a) holds relevant accreditation; and
(b) has no outstanding fees due to the Commission.
(3)  The person to whom a temporary taxi licence is issued is the responsible operator of that licence.
(4)  The Commission is not to issue a temporary taxi licence unless the Commission determines that the vehicle proposed to be used is suitable for use as a taxi.
(5)  [Section 59 Subsection (5) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 34, Applied:01 Jul 2013] If the service proposed to be operated under the authority of the temporary taxi licence is a wheelchair-accessible taxi service, the Commission is not to issue the temporary taxi licence unless the vehicle proposed to be used is approved for use as –
(a) a wheelchair-accessible taxi; or
(b) a remote area wheelchair-accessible taxi; or
(c) a substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi.

60.   Duration of temporary taxi licence

A temporary taxi licence comes into force on the day it is issued and expires on the date specified in the licence.

61.   Misrepresentation of person as holder of temporary taxi licence

A person who does not hold a temporary taxi licence must not hold himself or herself out to be the holder of a temporary taxi licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

62.   Temporary taxi licence conditions

(1)  The Commission may impose such conditions as it may determine on a temporary taxi licence and may vary or revoke any conditions imposed on a temporary taxi licence.
(2)  [Section 62 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 35, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The holder of a temporary taxi licence must not contravene the conditions of the licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

63.   Replacement licence

The Commission may, on payment of the prescribed fee, issue the holder of a temporary taxi licence with a replacement of the licence if the Commission is satisfied that it has been lost, destroyed or damaged.

64.   Surrender of temporary taxi licence

The holder of a temporary taxi licence may surrender the licence to the Commission by causing the licence to be delivered to the Commission during business hours.

65.   Cancellation of temporary taxi licence

The Commission may, by notice in writing given to the holder of a temporary taxi licence, cancel the licence.

66.   Delivering-up of temporary taxi licence

The holder of a temporary taxi licence must, if given notice by the Commission to do so, deliver up that licence to the Commission at such time and place as is specified in the notice.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.

PART 4 - Luxury Hire Car Licences

67.   Effect of luxury hire car licence

[Section 67 Substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 36, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  A luxury hire car licence authorises the holder of the licence to operate a luxury hire car service using the motor vehicle specified in the licence.
(2)  Unless the Commission authorises otherwise, a luxury hire car licence does not authorise the motor vehicle operating under the licence to stand for hire in a public street.

67A.   What is a luxury hire car service?

[Section 67A Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 37, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  A luxury hire car service is a passenger transport service under which –
(a) a person ("service operator") hires out a motor vehicle together with a driver; and
(b) the motor vehicle so hired out is approved under section 73 for use as a luxury hire car; and
(c) unless the Commission authorises otherwise, the hiring is booked and accepted in advance; and
(d) the hiring is booked and accepted otherwise than under the authority of a taxi licence or restricted hire vehicle licence.
(2)  To avoid doubt, it is immaterial for the purposes of subsection (1) whether the driver of the motor vehicle is the service operator or an employee or agent of the service operator.

68.   Issue of luxury hire car licences

(1)  The Commission may issue luxury hire car licences.
(2)  [Section 68 Subsection (2) amended by No. 63 of 2009, s. 9, Applied:01 Jan 2010] [Section 68 Subsection (2) substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 38, Applied:01 Jul 2013] On issuing a luxury hire car licence, the Commission –
(a) may impose such conditions on the licence as it considers necessary or expedient; and
(b) is to specify, in the licence, the motor vehicle that may be used under the licence.

69.   Application for luxury hire car licence

(1)  An application for a luxury hire car licence is to be made in a form approved by the Commission and is to be accompanied by the prescribed fee and the licence fee of $5 000.
(1A)  [Section 69 Subsection (1A) inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 39, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The licence fee under subsection (1) is a fixed dollar amount and is not subject to the Fee Units Act 1997 .
(2)  The Commission is not to issue a luxury hire car licence to a person unless it is satisfied that –
(a) [Section 69 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 39, Applied:01 Jul 2013] the person holds relevant accreditation; and
(b) the person is the registered operator of the vehicle to which the licence, if issued, will relate; and
(c) the person has no outstanding fees due to the Commission.
(3)  [Section 69 Subsection (3) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 39, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The Commission is to refuse an application for a luxury hire car licence if the Commission is not satisfied that the applicant would be the operator of the luxury hire car service proposed to be operated under the authority of the licence.
(4)  [Section 69 Subsection (4) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 39, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The Commission is not to issue a luxury hire car licence in respect of a vehicle unless the vehicle is approved, under section 73 , for use as a luxury hire car.

70.   Responsible operator of luxury hire car licence

The holder of a luxury hire car licence is the responsible operator of that licence.

71.   Misrepresentation of person as holder of luxury hire car licence

A person who does not hold a luxury hire car licence must not hold himself or herself out to be the holder of a luxury hire car licence or the operator of a luxury hire car service.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

72.   Prohibition on leasing luxury hire car licence

[Section 72 Substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 40, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  A luxury hire car licence is not capable of being leased and any agreement purporting to do so is, to that extent, void and unenforceable.
(2)  If the Commission is satisfied that the holder of a luxury hire car licence has entered into an agreement purporting to lease the licence to another person or an agreement purporting to permit another person to operate a luxury hire car service under the authority of the licence, the Commission is to cancel the licence in accordance with section 82 .
(3)  A person who in any capacity enters into an agreement of a kind referred to in subsection (2) is guilty of an offence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

(4)  In this section –
agreement means an oral or written agreement.

73.   Approval of luxury hire cars

(1)  The Commission may approve a vehicle for use as a luxury hire car if the vehicle meets the prescribed criteria.
(2)  An application for approval of a vehicle for use as a luxury hire car is to be made in a form approved by the Commission.

74.   Luxury hire car licence conditions

[Section 74 Subsection (1) amended by No. 63 of 2009, s. 10, Applied:01 Jan 2010] [Section 74 Substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 41, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  At any time after a luxury hire car licence is issued, the Commission may –
(a) impose such conditions on the licence as it considers necessary or expedient; or
(b) vary or revoke any conditions of the licence.
(2)  Before exercising its power under subsection (1) , the Commission is to –
(a) give the holder of the licence notice in writing of its intention and a reasonable opportunity to make representations thereon; and
(b) take any such representations into account.
(3)  On exercising its power under subsection (1) , the Commission may recall the licence and issue the holder of the licence with a free replacement.
(4)  The holder of a luxury hire car licence must not contravene the conditions of the licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

75.   Annual administration fee

[Section 75 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 42, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The holder of a luxury hire car licence must pay the Commission the prescribed annual administration fee in respect of that licence by the date specified by the Commission.

76.   Failure to pay annual administration fee

(1)  If the holder of a luxury hire car licence fails to pay the annual administration fee in respect of that licence by the date specified by the Commission –
(a) the licence lapses and the holder of the licence has no authority to operate the luxury hire car service provided under the authority of that licence; and
(b) an authorised officer may seize any licence number plate issued in respect of the licence.
(2)  If an authorised officer seizes the licence number plate issued in respect of that licence, that licence number plate is void and the Commission is to cancel that licence number plate.
(3)  If a luxury hire car licence has lapsed under subsection (1) for a period of 28 days, any licence number plate issued in respect of that licence is void and the Commission is to cancel that licence number plate.
(4)  The holder of a luxury hire car licence that has lapsed under subsection (1) must not operate a luxury hire car service under the purported authority of that licence or cause or permit another person to operate a luxury hire car service under the purported authority of that licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

(5)  If the holder of a luxury hire car licence which has lapsed under subsection (1) pays the annual administration fee in relation to the lapsed licence, the Commission is to reinstate the authority to operate the luxury hire car service provided under the authority of the lapsed licence as soon as practicable.
(6)  If –
(a) an authorised officer has seized the licence number plate issued in respect of the lapsed licence; or
(b) the Commission has cancelled the licence number plate issued in respect of the lapsed licence –
and the holder of the licence subsequently pays the annual administration fee in respect of that licence, the Commission, as soon as practicable after payment of the prescribed fee, is to issue a replacement licence number plate to the holder of the licence.
(7)  If the holder of a luxury hire car licence has not paid a renewal of licence fee in respect of that licence imposed under the repealed Act before the commencement of this section, the Commission, by notice in writing given to the holder of that licence, is to require payment of that fee by the date specified in the notice.
(8)  If the holder of the luxury hire car licence does not pay the fee to the Commission by the date specified in the notice, this section applies to the licence as if it had lapsed under subsection (1) .

77.   Transfer of luxury hire car licence to another person

(1)  [Section 77 Subsection (1) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 43, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The holder of a luxury hire car licence who wishes to transfer it to another person must, in a form approved by the Commission and on payment of the prescribed fee, apply to the Commission for approval for that transfer before transferring the licence.
(2)  The Commission may approve the transfer of a luxury hire car licence if it is satisfied that the person to whom the licence is proposed to be transferred –
(a) [Section 77 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 43, Applied:01 Jul 2013] holds relevant accreditation; and
(b) [Section 77 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 43, Applied:01 Jul 2013] is, or will be, the registered operator of the vehicle to which the licence relates; and
(c) [Section 77 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 43, Applied:01 Jul 2013] has no outstanding fees due to the Commission.
(3)  The Commission is to refuse the transfer of the luxury hire car licence –
(a) if the Commission reasonably believes that the person to whom the licence is proposed to be transferred would not be the operator of the luxury hire car service to which that licence relates; or
(b) if the Commission determines that the vehicle which is proposed to be operated under the authority of the licence does not meet the prescribed criteria.
(4)  The Commission may refuse the transfer of a luxury hire car licence if –
(a) the licence has lapsed as mentioned in section 76 ; or
(b) the licence is suspended under section 82 ; or
(c) the licence is subject to a notice of intention to suspend or cancel under section 82 .
(5)  The transfer of the luxury hire car licence is of no effect until the transfer has been approved by the Commission and has been recorded on the register of licences.

78.   Transfer of luxury hire car licence to another vehicle

(1)  [Section 78 Subsection (1) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 44, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The holder of a luxury hire car licence who wishes to transfer it to another vehicle must, in a form approved by the Commission and on payment of the prescribed fee, apply to the Commission for approval for that transfer before transferring the licence.
(2)  [Section 78 Subsection (2) substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 44, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The Commission may approve the transfer if –
(a) the other vehicle is approved, under section 73 , for use as a luxury hire car; and
(b) the applicant is the registered operator of the other vehicle.
(3)  The Commission may refuse the transfer if –
(a) the luxury hire car licence has lapsed as mentioned in section 76 ; or
(b) the licence is suspended under section 82 ; or
(c) the licence is subject to a notice of intention to suspend or cancel under section 82 .

79.   Replacement licence

The Commission may, on payment of the prescribed fee, issue the holder of a luxury hire car licence with a replacement of the licence if the Commission is satisfied that it has been lost, destroyed or damaged.

80.   Surrender of luxury hire car licence

The holder of a luxury hire car licence may surrender the licence to the Commission by causing the licence and any licence number plate issued in respect of that licence to be delivered to the Commission during business hours.

81.   Cancellation of accreditation

(1)  [Section 81 Subsection (1) substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 45, Applied:01 Jul 2013] If the Commission cancels the accreditation of the holder of a luxury hire car licence, the Commission, by notice in writing given to the holder of the licence, is to require the holder of the licence to –
(a) transfer the licence to a person who holds relevant accreditation within the period specified in the notice; or
(b) surrender the licence to the Commission within the period specified in the notice.
(2)  On receipt of a notice under subsection (1) , the holder of the luxury hire car licence, not later than the date specified in the notice, must –
(a) [Section 81 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 45, Applied:01 Jul 2013] transfer the licence to a person who holds relevant accreditation; or
(b) surrender the licence to the Commission.
(3)  If the holder of the luxury hire car licence does not comply with a requirement of the Commission given under subsection (1) , the Commission may cancel the licence without notice.

82.   Suspension or cancellation of luxury hire car licence

(1)  The Commission, in prescribed circumstances, may suspend or cancel a luxury hire car licence.
(2)  [Section 82 Subsection (2) substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 46, Applied:01 Jul 2013] Before exercising its power under subsection (1) , the Commission is to –
(a) give the holder of the luxury hire car licence notice in writing of its intention and a reasonable opportunity to make representations thereon; and
(b) take any such representations into account.
(3)  If the Commission is satisfied on reasonable grounds that there is an immediate and serious danger to public safety, the Commission may suspend or cancel a luxury hire car licence.
(4)  Subsection (2) does not apply if the Commission exercises its powers under subsection (3) .
(5)  A luxury hire car licence is of no effect during any period of its suspension.
(6)  The holder of a luxury hire car licence that has been suspended under subsection (1) or (3) must not operate a luxury hire car service under the purported authority of that licence or cause or permit another person to operate a luxury hire car service under the purported authority of that licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

83.   Delivering-up of luxury hire car licence

The holder of a luxury hire car licence must, if given notice by the Commission to do so, deliver up that licence to the Commission at such time and place as is specified in the notice.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.

84.   

[Section 84 Repealed by No. 61 of 2011, s. 47, Applied:01 Jul 2013] .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  
PART 4A - Restricted Hire Vehicle Licences

84A.   Effect of restricted hire vehicle licence

[Section 84A Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  A restricted hire vehicle licence authorises the holder of the licence to operate a restricted hire vehicle service.
(2)  Unless the Commission authorises otherwise, a restricted hire vehicle licence does not authorise a small passenger vehicle operating under the licence to stand for hire in a public street.

84B.   What is a restricted hire vehicle service?

[Section 84B Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  A restricted hire vehicle service is a passenger transport service under which –
(a) a person ("service operator") hires out a small passenger vehicle, together with a driver; and
(b) unless the Commission authorises otherwise, the hiring is booked and accepted in advance; and
(c) the hiring is booked and accepted otherwise than under the authority of a taxi licence or luxury hire car licence.
(2)  To avoid doubt, it is immaterial for the purposes of subsection (1) whether the driver of the small passenger vehicle is the service operator or an employee or agent of the service operator.

84C.   Categories of restricted hire vehicle services

[Section 84C Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  There are 2 categories of restricted hire vehicle services as follows:
(a) general rhv services;
(b) specific rhv services.
(2)  A small passenger vehicle is not capable of being used to operate a general rhv service under the authority of a restricted hire vehicle licence unless that vehicle –
(a) has been approved for such use by the Commission under section 84I ; and
(b) is specified in the licence.
(3)  Any small passenger vehicle may be used to operate a specific rhv service under the authority of a restricted hire vehicle licence, regardless of whether that vehicle –
(a) has, under section 84I or in any other respect, been approved by the Commission; or
(b) is specified in the licence.
(4)  In this section –
general rhv service means a hiring-out of the kind referred to in section 84B(1) for any purpose;
specific rhv service means a hiring-out of the kind referred to in section 84B(1) , but only if the hiring-out is for the purposes of –
(a) a wedding; or
(b) a school, college or university ball, formal or leaver's function; or
(c) a funeral; or
(d) a tour; or
(e) an occasion or event prescribed by the regulations.

84D.   Issue of restricted hire vehicle licence

[Section 84D Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  The Commission may issue restricted hire vehicle licences.
(2)  On issuing a restricted hire vehicle licence, the Commission –
(a) may impose such conditions on the licence as it considers necessary or expedient; and
(b) in the case of a licensee proposing to operate general rhv services, is to specify in the licence the small passenger vehicle that may be used under the licence.

84E.   Application for restricted hire vehicle licence

[Section 84E Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  An application for a restricted hire vehicle licence is to be made in a form approved by the Commission and is to be accompanied by –
(a) the prescribed application fee; and
(b) a licence fee of 70 fee units.
(2)  The Commission is not to issue a restricted hire vehicle licence to a person unless it is satisfied that –
(a) the person holds relevant accreditation; and
(b) the person has no outstanding fees due to the Commission.
(3)  The Commission is to refuse an application for a restricted hire vehicle licence if the Commission is not satisfied that the applicant would be the operator of the restricted hire vehicle service proposed to be operated under the authority of the licence.

84F.   Responsible operator of restricted hire vehicle licence

[Section 84F Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The holder of a restricted hire vehicle licence is the responsible operator of that licence.

84G.   Misrepresentation of person as holder of restricted hire vehicle licence

[Section 84G Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013] A person who does not hold a restricted hire vehicle licence must not hold himself or herself out to be the holder of a restricted hire vehicle licence or the operator of a restricted hire vehicle service.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

84H.   Prohibition on leasing restricted hire vehicle licence

[Section 84H Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  A restricted hire vehicle licence is not capable of being leased and any agreement purporting to do so is, to that extent, void and unenforceable.
(2)  If the Commission is satisfied that the holder of a restricted hire vehicle licence has entered into an agreement purporting to lease the licence to another person or an agreement purporting to permit another person to operate a restricted hire vehicle service under the authority of the licence, the Commission is to cancel the licence in accordance with section 84P .
(3)  A person who in any capacity enters into an agreement of a kind referred to in subsection (2) is guilty of an offence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

(4)  In this section –
agreement means an oral or written agreement.

84I.   Approval of certain restricted hire vehicles

[Section 84I Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  The Commission may approve a motor vehicle for use as a restricted hire vehicle for general rhv services if the Commission is satisfied that the motor vehicle –
(a) is a small passenger vehicle; and
(b) is a suitable vehicle; and
(c) meets the prescribed requirements, if any.
(2)  An application for the approval of a vehicle for use as a restricted hire vehicle for general rhv services is to be made in a form approved by the Commission.
(3)  A motor vehicle that is used for specific rhv services is not required to be approved by the Commission.
(4)  In this section –
suitable vehicle means –
(a) a motor vehicle that is unique, classic or customised and more than 30 years old; or
(b) a "street-rod", being a motor vehicle that has been modified for safe road use and –
(i) has a body and frame that were built before 1949; or
(ii) is a replica of a motor vehicle whose body and frame were built before 1949; or
(c) a veteran or vintage motor vehicle; or
(d) a motor cycle or tricycle; or
(e) a motor vehicle prescribed by the regulations (whether by reference to a particular motor vehicle or by reference to type, construction, capabilities, use or other criteria).

84J.   Restricted hire vehicle licence conditions

[Section 84J Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  At any time after a restricted hire vehicle licence is issued, the Commission may –
(a) impose such conditions on the licence as it considers necessary or expedient; or
(b) vary or revoke any conditions of the licence.
(2)  Before exercising its power under subsection (1) , the Commission is to –
(a) give the holder of the licence notice in writing of its intention to impose, vary or revoke the conditions and a reasonable opportunity to make representations thereon; and
(b) take any such representations into account.
(3)  On exercising its power under subsection (1) , the Commission may recall the licence and issue the holder of the licence with a free replacement.
(4)  The holder of a restricted hire vehicle licence must not contravene the conditions of the licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

84K.   Transfer of restricted hire vehicle licence to other person

[Section 84K Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013] A restricted hire vehicle licence is not capable of being transferred to another person.

84L.   Transfer of certain restricted hire vehicle licences to other vehicles

[Section 84L Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  This section applies only to restricted hire vehicle licences under which general rhv services may be operated.
(2)  The holder of a licence to which this section applies who wishes to transfer it to another vehicle must, in a form approved by the Commission and on payment of the prescribed fee, apply to the Commission for approval for that transfer before transferring the licence.
(3)  The Commission may approve the transfer if it is satisfied that the other vehicle is –
(a) a small passenger vehicle; and
(b) a suitable vehicle, within the meaning of section 84I , of the same kind as the motor vehicle specified in the licence.
(4)  The Commission may refuse to approve the transfer if –
(a) the licence is suspended under section 84P ; or
(b) the licence is subject to a notice of intention to suspend or cancel under section 84P .

84M.   Replacement licence

[Section 84M Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The Commission may, on payment of the prescribed fee, issue the holder of a restricted hire vehicle licence with a replacement of the licence if the Commission is satisfied that it has been lost, destroyed or damaged.

84N.   Surrender of restricted hire vehicle licence

[Section 84N Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The holder of a restricted hire vehicle licence may surrender the licence to the Commission by causing the licence and any licence number plate issued in respect of that licence to be delivered to the Commission during business hours.

84O.   Cancellation of accreditation

[Section 84O Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013] If the Commission cancels the accreditation of the holder of a restricted hire vehicle licence, the licence is also cancelled.

84P.   Suspension or cancellation of restricted hire vehicle licence

[Section 84P Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  The Commission, in prescribed circumstances, may suspend or cancel a restricted hire vehicle licence.
(2)  Before exercising its power under subsection (1) , the Commission is to –
(a) give the holder of the restricted hire vehicle licence notice in writing of its intention and a reasonable opportunity to make representations thereon; and
(b) take any such representations into account.
(3)  If the Commission is satisfied on reasonable grounds that there is an immediate and serious danger to public safety, the Commission may suspend or cancel a restricted hire vehicle licence.
(4)  Subsection (2) does not apply if the Commission exercises its powers under subsection (3) .
(5)  A restricted hire vehicle licence is of no effect during any period of its suspension.
(6)  The holder of a restricted hire vehicle licence that has been suspended under subsection (1) or (3) must not operate a restricted hire vehicle service under the purported authority of the licence or cause or permit another person to operate a restricted hire vehicle service under the purported authority of the licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

84Q.   Delivering up restricted hire vehicle licence

[Section 84Q Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 48, Applied:01 Jul 2013] The holder of a restricted hire vehicle licence must, if given notice by the Commission to do so, deliver up that licence to the Commission at such time and place as is specified in the notice.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.

PART 5 - Miscellaneous and Supplemental

85.   Register of licences

(1)  The Commission is to maintain a register of all licences referred to in this Act.
(2)  The particulars to be entered in the register in relation to a licence are to include the following:
(a) the licence number;
(b) the name and address of the holder of the licence or, in the case of a perpetual taxi licence, the owner of the licence;
(c) in the case of a perpetual taxi licence, the name and address of the responsible operator if different from the owner of the licence;
(d) in the case of a taxi licence, the details of the taxi area to which the licence relates;
(e) any conditions imposed on the licence;
(f) details about the transfer, lapsing, suspension or cancellation of the licence;
(g) [Section 85 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 49, Applied:01 Jul 2013] in the case of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence, luxury hire car licence or restricted hire vehicle licence, the details of the vehicle operating under the authority of the licence;
(h) in the case of a temporary taxi licence, the period of the licence and details of any conditions or restrictions applicable to that licence;
(i) the number of any licence number plate issued in respect of the licence;
(j) any other matters that the Commission considers appropriate.
(3)  The register is not a public register and is not available for inspection by members of the public.
(4)  The register may be incorporated with a register kept under the Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999 .

86.   Effect of licence lapsing or being suspended

Where a licence lapses or is suspended under this Act –
(a) the holder or owner of the licence is not relieved from any obligation under this Act in respect of the lapsed or suspended licence; and
(b) the Commission is not prevented from exercising any power that it could exercise if the licence had not lapsed or had not been suspended; and
(c) the holder or owner of the licence is not entitled to be issued with any licence under this Act until the period of suspension has ended or the authority to operate the service provided under the authority of the lapsed licence is reinstated.

87.   Surrender of licence

The holder, or in the case of a perpetual taxi licence the owner, of a licence that is surrendered to the Commission in accordance with this Act is not entitled to any compensation for the surrender of that licence.

88.   Cancelled licence

(1)  The holder of a licence that has been cancelled by the Commission must deliver up that licence to the Commission at such time and place as the Commission may require.
(2)  The holder of a licence that is cancelled by the Commission is not entitled to any compensation for the cancellation of that licence.

89.   Licence number plates

(1)  The Commission may, in respect of a licence, issue a licence number plate to the holder of the licence or, in the case of a perpetual taxi licence, the owner of the licence.
(2)  A licence number plate issued in respect of a licence may be –
(a) in such form as the Commission determines; and
(b) in addition to, or in substitution for, any other plate, label or form of identification issued by the Commission in respect of that licence.
(3)  A licence number plate issued under subsection (1) remains the property of the Commission.

90.   Return of licence number plate to Commission

Where a person surrenders or is required to deliver up a licence to the Commission, that person must give the Commission any licence number plate issued in respect of the licence within such period as specified by the Commission by notice in writing given to that person.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.

91.   Use of taxis

(1)  A taxi driver must not, without lawful excuse, operate a taxi from a taxi zone that is not within the taxi area to which the licence number plate affixed to the taxi relates.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

(2)  A taxi driver must not, without lawful excuse, operate a taxi so that a hiring is commenced and completed wholly outside the taxi area to which the licence number plate affixed to the taxi relates.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

(3)  A responsible operator must not, without lawful excuse, permit a taxi to operate from a taxi zone that is not within the taxi area to which the licence number plate affixed to the taxi relates.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

(4)  A responsible operator must not, without lawful excuse, permit the use of a taxi so that a hiring is commenced and completed wholly outside the taxi area to which the licence number plate affixed to the taxi relates.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

91A.   Hailing small passenger vehicles other than taxis

[Section 91A Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 50, Applied:01 Jul 2013] Except with the prior authorisation of the Commission, a person must not hire out a small passenger vehicle to a person hailing it on a public street if the small passenger vehicle is not a taxi.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.

91B.   Falsely configuring vehicles as taxis

[Section 91B Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 50, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  A person must not do any of the following things with a motor vehicle if it is not a taxi:
(a) install a taximeter in the vehicle;
(b) describe, by any means, the vehicle as a taxi, taxi-cab or cab;
(c) describe, by any means, any service for which the vehicle is used as a taxi service, taxi-cab service or cab service.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

(2)  Without limiting their generality, the following acts constitute "description" for the purposes of paragraphs (b) and (c) of subsection (1) :
(a) fitting the vehicle with a top-light sign bearing the term "taxi", "taxi-cab" or "cab";
(b) displaying the term "taxi", "taxi-cab" or "cab" on any part of the vehicle;
(c) displaying the term "taxi", "taxi-cab" or "cab" on a sign placed alongside the vehicle.
(3)  It is a defence in proceedings for an offence under subsection (1) if the defendant establishes, in respect of the relevant motor vehicle, that –
(a) it was, at the relevant time, suitable for use as a taxi having regard to the applicable prescribed vehicle specifications (including those relating to the age of vehicles); and
(b) it was, at any time before the relevant time, used or intended to be used as a taxi; and
(c) it was, at the relevant time, not being used as a taxi.
(4)  In this section –
taximeter means an electronic instrument that –
(a) calculates the charge for hiring a vehicle; and
(b) indicates that charge in figures.

91C.   Soliciting passenger trade for motor vehicles on public streets

[Section 91C Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 50, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  Except with the prior authorisation of the Commission, a person must not, on a public street, solicit passenger trade for a motor vehicle on that public street.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.

(2)  For the purposes of subsection (1) , it is immaterial whether, at the relevant time –
(a) the person doing the soliciting is inside or outside the relevant motor vehicle; or
(b) the relevant motor vehicle –
(i) is a taxi, a luxury hire car or restricted hire vehicle; or
(ii) is moving or stationary; or
(iii) has its engine on or off; or
(iv) is a large passenger vehicle or small passenger vehicle.
(3)  In this section –
passenger trade means the carriage of passengers in a motor vehicle for financial consideration;
solicit, passenger trade for a motor vehicle, is, in the case of a taxi, luxury hire car, restricted hire vehicle or large passenger vehicle, taken not to include the placement next to the motor vehicle of a sign advertising a tour in the motor vehicle.

91D.   Standing or parking taxis, &c., on public streets

[Section 91D Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 50, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  A person must not stand or park a taxi on a public street unless –
(a) it is standing or parked in a taxi zone; or
(b) it is picking up passengers or about to pick up passengers; or
(c) it is dropping off passengers or about to drop off passengers; or
(d) it is prominently displaying a sign clearly bearing the words "not for hire"; or
(e) the Commission has authorised it to do so.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.

(2)  A person must not stand or park a small passenger vehicle on a public street if the vehicle is available for hire (but not a taxi) unless –
(a) it is picking up passengers or about to pick up passengers; or
(b) it is dropping off passengers or about to drop off passengers; or
(c) it is prominently displaying a sign clearly bearing the words "not for hire"; or
(d) it is at the departure point of a tour that may be taken on the vehicle on the same day; or
(e) the Commission has authorised it to do so.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.

91E.   General small passenger vehicle offences

[Section 91E Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 50, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  A person must not use a small passenger vehicle on a public street to carry a passenger for financial consideration unless the small passenger vehicle is –
(a) operating a taxi service under the authority of a taxi licence; or
(b) operating a luxury hire car service under the authority of a luxury hire car licence; or
(c) operating a restricted hire vehicle service under the authority of a restricted hire vehicle licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding –

(a) 100 penalty units for a first offence; or
(b) 200 penalty units for a second or subsequent offence.

(2)  Subsection (1) does not apply if, at the relevant time, the relevant small passenger vehicle is not being used to operate a passenger transport service.
(2A)  [Section 91E Subsection (2A) inserted by No. 27 of 2016, s. 5, Applied:06 Sep 2016] Subsection (1) does not apply in relation to a person using a small passenger vehicle if, under section 64(1) of the Passenger Transport Services Act 2011  –
(a) the person is, or is a member of a class of persons that is, exempted from the application of section 10 of that Act; or
(b) the vehicle is, or is a member of a class of vehicles that is, exempted from the application of section 10 of that Act; or
(c) the passenger transport service that the vehicle is being used to operate is a passenger service that is, or is a member of a class of passenger services that is, exempted from the application of section 10 of that Act.
(3)  A person must not use a small passenger vehicle to operate a restricted hire vehicle service if the vehicle is at any other time also used as a taxi, unless –
(a) the vehicle's top light and any signs indicating that the vehicle is a taxi have been removed from the vehicle; and
(b) the vehicle's taximeter has been turned off and covered over; and
(c) if the vehicle has a taxi licence number plate, the taxi licence number plate has been removed from the vehicle and a restricted hire vehicle licence number plate has been affixed to the vehicle.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 20 penalty units.

(4)  In this section –
use, a motor vehicle, includes causing or allowing an employee or other person to use the motor vehicle.

92.   Age of vehicle

For the purposes of this Act, the age of a vehicle is to be determined by –
(a) the month and year of its compliance plate; or
(b) if no compliance plate is affixed to the vehicle, the date of manufacture of the vehicle recorded in the Register of Motor Vehicles.

93.   Use of accessible vehicle with standard taxi licence

(1)  This section applies to perpetual taxi licences and owner-operator taxi licences in force in a taxi area where there is no wheelchair-accessible taxi licence in force.
(2)  The owner of a perpetual taxi licence or, if that licence is leased, the responsible operator, or the holder of an owner-operator taxi licence may apply to the Commission for authorisation to operate a service equivalent to a wheelchair-accessible taxi service under that licence and to charge fares in accordance with the wheelchair-accessible taxi tariffs.
(3)  The Commission may approve the application if the following conditions are met:
(a) the vehicle is suitable for use as a taxi and has a current inspection report;
(b) the vehicle complies with the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 formulated under section 31(1) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 of the Commonwealth;
(c) any modifications to make the vehicle wheelchair-accessible do not significantly alter the original external appearance of the vehicle;
(d) [Section 93 Subsection (3) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 51, Applied:01 Jul 2013] the vehicle is fitted with a wheelchair restraint assembly that complies with AS/NZS 10542.1:2009;
(e) any hoist or ramp fitted to the vehicle complies with AS 3856;
(f) the vehicle is fitted with a secondary, independent emergency-release mechanism on the wheelchair entry door that is clearly labelled with the words "EMERGENCY RELEASE";
(g) the vehicle has an access door adjacent to each outboard seating position;
(h) the vehicle has adequate luggage space to the rear of the rearmost seat when the vehicle is not configured to carry a passenger seated in a wheelchair.
(4)  The Commission is to revoke the authorisation referred to in subsection (2) if the Commission issues a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence in that taxi area.
(5)  The Commission is to revoke the authorisation referred to in subsection (2) if the vehicle ceases to meet the conditions referred to in subsection (3) .

94.   Security cameras

The Commission, by notice published in the Gazette, may approve a type or make of security camera for use in taxis.

95.   False or misleading statements

A person must not, in giving any information under this Act –
(a) make a statement that the person knows, or reasonably ought to know, is false or misleading; or
(b) omit any matter from a statement if the person knows, or reasonably ought to know, that without that matter the statement is false or misleading.

Penalty:  [Section 95 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 52, Applied:01 Jul 2013] Fine not exceeding 30 penalty units.

96.   Unauthorised operation of taxi and related services, &c.

[Section 96 Substituted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 53, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  A person must not operate or purport to operate a taxi service unless the person –
(a) holds, owns or leases a taxi licence; and
(b) is the responsible operator of that taxi licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

(2)  A person must not operate or purport to operate a luxury hire car service unless the person –
(a) holds a luxury hire car licence; and
(b) is the responsible operator of that luxury hire car licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

(3)  A person must not operate or purport to operate a restricted hire vehicle service unless the person –
(a) holds a restricted hire vehicle licence; and
(b) is the responsible operator of that restricted hire vehicle licence.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 100 penalty units.

97.   Supply of information to Commission by licence holders, &c.

(1)  The Commission, by notice in writing given to a person specified in subsection (2) , may require that person to supply the Commission with any information relating to the operation of the service provided under the authority of a licence referred to in subsection (2) , or the use of such a licence, that the Commission requires for the effective administration of this Act.
(2)  For the purposes of subsection (1) , the following persons are specified:
(a) the owner of a perpetual taxi licence;
(b) the responsible operator of a perpetual taxi licence;
(c) the holder of an owner-operator taxi licence;
(d) the holder of a wheelchair-accessible taxi licence;
(e) the holder of a luxury hire car licence;
(ea) [Section 97 Subsection (2) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 54, Applied:01 Jul 2013] the holder of a restricted hire vehicle licence;
(f) the holder of a temporary taxi licence.
(3)  A person to whom a request has been made under subsection (1) must supply the information in writing to the Commission within the time specified by the Commission.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

98.   Taxi dispatch services

(1)  The Commission, by notice in writing given to the proprietor or manager of a taxi dispatch service, may require that person to supply the Commission with any information relating to the operation of that service that the Commission requires for the effective administration of this Act.
(2)  A person who has been required to supply information under subsection (1) must supply the information in writing within the time period specified by the Commission.

Penalty:  Fine not exceeding 50 penalty units.

98A.   Waivers and refunds of fees and charges

[Section 98A Inserted by No. 61 of 2011, s. 55, Applied:01 Jul 2013]
(1)  The Commission, in its absolute discretion, may waive or refund the whole or any part of any fee or charge payable or paid under Part 4A if, in the circumstances, it considers it would be fair to do so.
(2)  Nothing in this section is to be taken as limiting the general powers of the Commission under sections 5(1)(d) and (da) of the Transport Act 1981 .

99.   Evidentiary certificates

(1)  A certificate signed by the Commission certifying an entry in the register of licences is evidence in legal proceedings of facts recorded in the entry and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, as proof of those facts.
(2)  A certificate signed by the Commission certifying any other matter that appears in the register of licences, or can be deduced or calculated from information recorded in such a register, is evidence in legal proceedings of the matter so certified and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, as proof of that matter.
(3)  A certificate signed by the Registrar certifying that a person was or was not the holder of a driver licence or an ancillary certificate under the Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999 on a specified date is admissible in legal proceedings as evidence of the fact so certified and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, as proof of that fact.
(4)  A certificate signed by the Registrar certifying that a vehicle was or was not registered under the Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999 on a specified date is admissible in legal proceedings as evidence of the fact so certified and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, as proof of that fact.
(5)  A certificate signed by the Registrar or the Commission certifying an entry in a register kept under the Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999 is evidence in legal proceedings of facts recorded in the entry and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, as proof of those facts.
(6)  A certificate signed by the Registrar or the Commission certifying any other matter that appears in a register kept under the Vehicle and Traffic Act 1999 , or can be deduced or calculated from information recorded in such a register, is evidence in legal proceedings of the matter so certified and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, as proof of that matter.
(7)  [Section 99 Subsection (7) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 56, Applied:01 Jul 2013] A certificate signed by the Commission certifying that a person did or did not hold accreditation on a specified date is admissible in legal proceedings as evidence of the fact so certified and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, as proof of that fact.
(8)  [Section 99 Subsection (8) amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 56, Applied:01 Jul 2013] A certificate signed by the Commission certifying that a vehicle was approved or not approved for use as a wheelchair-accessible taxi, a remote area wheelchair-accessible taxi, a substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi, a luxury hire car or a restricted hire vehicle on a specified date is admissible in legal proceedings as evidence of the fact so certified and, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, as proof of that fact.

100.   Service of notices and other documents

A notice or other document is effectively served or given under this Act if –
(a) in the case of a natural person, it is –
(i) given to the person; or
(ii) left at, or sent by post to, the address recorded in the register of licences in relation to that person or, if the person's name is not recorded in the register of licences, left at, or sent by post to, the address recorded in any register kept by the Registrar; or
(iii) faxed to the person's fax number; or
(iv) emailed to the person's email address; and
(b) in the case of any other person, it is –
(i) left at, or sent by post to, the address recorded in the register of licences in relation to that person or, if the person's name is not recorded in the register of licences, left at, or sent by post to, the address recorded in any register kept by the Registrar; or
(ii) faxed to the person's fax number; or
(iii) emailed to the person's email address.

101.   Regulations

(1)  The Governor may make regulations for the purposes of this Act.
(2)  In particular, without limiting the generality of subsection (1) , the regulations may be made in respect of the matters specified in Schedule 5 .
(3)  The regulations may be made subject to such conditions, or be made so as to apply differently to any class of persons according to such factors, as may be specified in them or according to such limitations or restrictions, whether as to time or circumstances or otherwise, as may be so specified.
(4)  The regulations may authorise any matter to be from time to time determined, applied or regulated by the Commission or the Registrar.
(5)  The regulations may provide that it is an offence, punishable on summary conviction, for a person to contravene any of them and may provide in respect of any such offence for the imposition of a fine not exceeding 100 penalty units and, in the case of a continuing offence, a further fine not exceeding 5 penalty units for each day during which the offence continues.
(6)  The regulations may contain provisions of a savings or transitional nature consequent on the enactment of this Act.
(7)  Regulations made under subsection (6) may take effect on the day on which this Act commences or a later day as specified in the regulations, whether the day so specified is before, on or after the day on which the regulations are made.

102.   Administration of Act

Until provision is made in relation to this Act by order under section 4 of the Administrative Arrangements Act 1990  –
(a) the administration of this Act is assigned to the Minister for Infrastructure; and
(b) the department responsible to that Minister in relation to the administration of this Act is the Department of Infrastructure, Energy and Resources.

103.   Savings and transitional provisions

(1)  A taxi licence in force immediately before the commencement of Part 3 continues in force on that commencement as if it had been issued under this Act.
(2)  A luxury hire car licence in force immediately before the commencement of Part 4 continues in force on that commencement as if it had been issued under this Act.
(3)  A licence number plate issued in respect of a taxi licence in force immediately before the commencement of Part 3 is, on that commencement, taken to be a licence number plate issued in respect of a taxi licence under this Act.
(4)  A distinctive plate issued by the Commission for the vehicle to which a luxury hire car licence applies in force immediately before the commencement of Part 4 is, on that commencement, taken to be a licence number plate issued in respect of a luxury hire car licence under this Act.
(5)  A vehicle operated as a luxury hire car immediately before the commencement of Part 4 under the authority of a luxury hire car licence in force immediately before the commencement of Part 4 that does not comply with the criteria prescribed in the regulations is, on that commencement, taken to be a luxury hire car for the purposes of this Act for a period not exceeding 12 months after the commencement of that Part.
(6)  Any money remaining in the funds for taxi areas established under sections 13 and 14 of the repealed Act and any money remaining in the general administration fund established under section 15 of the repealed Act is, on the commencement of Part 2 , transferred to the general administration fund established under this Act.

104.   Legislation repealed

The legislation specified in Schedule 6 is repealed.

105.   Legislation rescinded

The legislation specified in Schedule 7 is rescinded.
SCHEDULE 1 - Criteria for Wheelchair-accessible taxis, Remote Area wheelchair-accessible taxis and Substitute Wheelchair-accessible taxis

Section 3

1.   Criteria
(1) The Commission may approve a vehicle for use as a wheelchair-accessible taxi, a remote area wheelchair-accessible taxi or a substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi if –
(a) [Schedule 1 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 57, Applied:01 Jul 2013] the vehicle has no more than 12 seats in any configuration; and
(b) the vehicle complies with the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002 formulated under section 31(1) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 of the Commonwealth; and
(c) any modifications to make the vehicle wheelchair-accessible do not significantly alter the original external appearance of the vehicle; and
(d) [Schedule 1 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 57, Applied:01 Jul 2013] the vehicle is fitted with a wheelchair restraint assembly that complies with AS/NZS 10542.1:2009; and
(e) any hoist or ramp fitted to the vehicle complies with AS 3856; and
(f) the vehicle is fitted with a secondary, independent emergency-release mechanism on the wheelchair entry door that is clearly labelled with the words "EMERGENCY RELEASE"; and
(g) the vehicle has an access door adjacent to each outboard seating position; and
(h) the vehicle has adequate luggage space to the rear of the rearmost seat when the vehicle is not configured to carry a passenger seated in a wheelchair; and
(i) in the case of –
(i) a remote area wheelchair-accessible taxi or a substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi, the vehicle at the time of approval for use as a remote area wheelchair-accessible taxi or a substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi is not more than 7 years old; or
(ii) a wheelchair-accessible taxi, the vehicle at the time of approval for use as a wheelchair-accessible taxi is not more than 12 months old and has an odometer reading of less than 1 000 kilometres.
(2) The Commission may approve a vehicle that is more than 12 months old and less than 10 years old for use as a wheelchair-accessible taxi if the Commission has previously approved that vehicle for use as a wheelchair-accessible taxi.
(3) The Commission may approve a vehicle that is more than 7 years old and less than 10 years old for use as a substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi or a remote area wheelchair-accessible taxi if the Commission has previously approved that vehicle for use as a wheelchair-accessible taxi, a substitute wheelchair-accessible taxi or a remote area wheelchair-accessible taxi.
(4) [Schedule 1 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 57, Applied:01 Jul 2013] In this Schedule –
seat of a motor vehicle includes –
(a) the driver's seat; and
(b) an individual seating position on a bench seat; and
(c) a demountable seat (being a seat that is so designed and constructed as to be capable of being readily removed from the vehicle without the need to structurally alter the vehicle); and
(d) a modifiable seat (being a seat that is so designed and constructed as to be capable of being readily retracted, collapsed or folded away when not in use or adapted to another use such as a sofa, bed or storage); and
(e) a seat that, in order to be used, requires the temporary retraction, collapsing or folding-away of a moveable console or armrest; and
(f) a position within which an occupied wheelchair may be secured.
SCHEDULE 2 - Remote Taxi Areas

Section 3

1.   The following taxi areas are remote taxi areas for the purposes of this Act:
(a) Break O'Day taxi area;
(b) Bruny Island taxi area;
(c) Central Highlands taxi area;
(d) Circular Head taxi area;
(e) Dorset taxi area;
(f) Flinders Island taxi area;
(g) Glamorgan/Spring Bay North taxi area;
(h) Glamorgan/Spring Bay South taxi area;
(i) Huon Valley taxi area;
(j) Kentish taxi area;
(k) King Island taxi area;
(l) Meander Valley taxi area;
(m) [Schedule 2 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 58, Applied:01 Jul 2013] Tasman taxi area;
(n) West Coast taxi area.
SCHEDULE 3 - Reserve Prices for Owner-Operator Taxi Licences

Section 3

1.   The reserve prices for owner-operator taxi licences in taxi areas are as follows:

(a) Hobart taxi area

$60 000

(b) Launceston taxi area

$35 000

(c) Burnie taxi area

$23 000

(d) Devonport taxi area

$23 000

(e) Ulverstone taxi area

$17 250

(f) George Town taxi area

$12 500

(g) Perth taxi area

$12 500

(h) West Tamar taxi area

$12 500

(i) Meander Valley taxi area

$12 500

(j) Circular Head taxi area

$11 250

(k) Break O'Day taxi area

$10 800

(l) New Norfolk taxi area

$10 800

(m) Huon Valley taxi area

$7 500

(n) Glamorgan/Spring Bay North taxi area

$3 750

(o) Kentish taxi area

$3 750

(p) Penguin taxi area

$3 750

(q) Tasman taxi area

$3 750

(r) Dorset taxi area

$2 250

(s) Glamorgan/Spring Bay South taxi area

$1 875

(t) Bruny Island taxi area

$1 000

(u) Central Highlands taxi area

$1 000

(v) Flinders Island taxi area

$1 000

(w) King Island taxi area

$1 000

(x) West Coast taxi area

$1 000

(y) any other area not included above at a price determined by the Commission.

 
SCHEDULE 4 - Taxi Areas

Section 3

1. 

Hobart taxi area –

 

(a) the municipal area of Hobart, Glenorchy and Clarence; and

 

(b) the municipal area of Brighton; and

 

(c) the towns of –

 

(i) Blackmans Bay; and

 

(ii) Dodges Ferry; and

 

(iii) Kingston; and

 

(iv) Lewisham; and

 

(v) Margate; and

 

(vi) Midway Point; and

 

(vii) Pontville; and

 

(viii) Sorell; and

 

(ix) Taroona.

2. 

Launceston taxi area

 

(a) the municipal area of Launceston; and

 

(b) that part of the municipal areas of West Tamar, Meander Valley and Northern Midlands which is situated within a radius of 14 kilometres of 68 Cameron Street, Launceston, including Launceston Airport.

3. 

Burnie taxi area

 

The municipal area of Burnie and the municipal area of Waratah-Wynyard.

4. 

Break O'Day taxi area

 

The municipal area of Break O'Day.

5. 

Bruny Island taxi area

 

The whole of Bruny Island.

6. 

Central Highlands taxi area

 

The municipal area of Central Highlands.

7. 

Circular Head taxi area

 

The municipal area of Circular Head.

8. 

Devonport taxi area

 

The municipal area of Devonport and the municipal area of Latrobe.

9. 

Dorset taxi area

 

The municipal area of Dorset.

10. 

Flinders Island taxi area

 

The municipal area of Flinders.

11. 

George Town taxi area

 

The municipal area of George Town.

12. 

Glamorgan/Spring Bay North taxi area

 

That part of the municipal area of Glamorgan/Spring Bay north of the Little Swanport River.

13. 

Glamorgan/Spring Bay South taxi area

 

That part of the municipal area of Glamorgan/Spring Bay south of the Little Swanport River.

14. 

Huon Valley taxi area

 

The municipal area of Huon Valley.

15. 

Kentish taxi area

 

The municipal area of Kentish.

16. 

King Island taxi area

 

The municipal area of King Island.

17. 

Meander Valley taxi area

 

That part of the municipal area of Meander Valley west of a north-south line drawn through the junction of the Exton Road and the Meander Valley Road.

18. 

New Norfolk taxi area

 

The municipal area of Derwent Valley.

19. 

Penguin taxi area

 

That part of the municipal area of Central Coast west of the Leven River to Allison Bridge and west of a straight line from Allison Bridge to the Three Sisters.

20. 

Perth taxi area

 

(a) that part of the municipal area of Northern Midlands north of the Powranna and Deddington Roads, and north of a line between those roads, and that part of the municipal area of Meander Valley east of an approximately north-south line drawn through the junction of Exton Road and the Meander Valley Road; and

 

(b) that part of the municipal area of Launceston west of an approximately north-south line drawn through the junction of Trotters Lane and Westbury Road and south of an approximately east-west line drawn through that junction.

21. 

Tasman taxi area

 

The municipal area of Tasman.

22. 

Ulverstone taxi area

 

That part of the municipal area of Central Coast east of the Leven River to Allison Bridge and east of a straight line from Allison Bridge to the Three Sisters.

23. 

West Coast taxi area

 

The municipal area of West Coast.

24. 

West Tamar taxi area

 

The municipal area of West Tamar.

SCHEDULE 5 - Matters in Respect of Which Regulations May Be Made

Section 101

1.   Matters to which regulations may apply
The regulations may –
(a) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 59, Applied:01 Jul 2013] prescribe fees to be paid for or in respect of taxi licences, luxury hire car licences or restricted hire vehicle licences, including, without limiting the generality of this, application fees, annual fees and licence replacement fees; and
(b) provide for registration of holders of licences; and
(c) prescribe classes of vehicles for the purposes of this Act; and
(d) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 59, Applied:01 Jul 2013] prescribe vehicle specifications for vehicles that may be used as taxis, luxury hire cars or restricted hire vehicles under this Act; and
(e) prescribe conditions which may be imposed on the owner or responsible operator of a perpetual taxi licence; and
(f) prohibit the multiple hiring of taxi services; and
(g) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 59, Applied:01 Jul 2013] regulate circumstances under which the driver of a taxi, luxury hire car or restricted hire vehicle may refuse to accept a passenger or terminate a hiring; and
(h) provide for the calculation of fares and charges and the operation of fare schedules; and
(i) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 59, Applied:01 Jul 2013] provide for equipment required to be carried on or installed in a taxi, luxury hire car or restricted hire vehicle and also provide for the installation, operation, examination and testing of that equipment and retrieval of information from that equipment; and
(j) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 59, Applied:01 Jul 2013] prohibit the use of certain equipment from being carried on or within a taxi, luxury hire car or restricted hire vehicle; and
(k) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 59, Applied:01 Jul 2013] provide for notices, labels, licence number plates and other material which are to be carried or displayed in or on taxis, luxury hire cars or restricted hire vehicles; and
(l) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 59, Applied:01 Jul 2013] prescribe fees to be paid on the issue of notices, labels, licence number plates or other material which are to be carried or displayed in or on taxis, luxury hire cars or restricted hire vehicles; and
(m) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 59, Applied:01 Jul 2013] prohibit the display of certain notices and material in or on taxis, luxury hire cars and restricted hire vehicles or on the drivers thereof; and
(n) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 59, Applied:01 Jul 2013] provide for the health of the passengers and the safety of taxi services, luxury hire car services and restricted hire vehicle services; and
(o) prescribe procedural requirements and other matters for the purposes of Part 3 not otherwise dealt with in this Schedule and generally provide for the administration and control of taxi licences; and
(p) prescribe procedural requirements and other matters for the purposes of Part 4 and generally provide for the administration and control of luxury hire car licences; and
(pa) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 59, Applied:01 Jul 2013] prescribe procedural requirements and other matters for the purposes of Part 4A and generally provide for the administration and control of restricted hire vehicle licences; and
(q) provide for the appointment of persons responsible for –
(i) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 59, Applied:01 Jul 2013] the installation, maintenance and testing of equipment required by the Commission to be carried on or installed in a taxi, luxury hire car or restricted hire vehicle; or
(ii) the retrieval of information from the equipment referred to in subparagraph (i) ; and
(r) provide for the fees to be paid by persons referred to in paragraph (q) ; and
(s) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 59, Applied:01 Jul 2013] prescribe circumstances in which owner-operator taxi licences, wheelchair-accessible taxi licences, luxury hire car licences or restricted hire vehicle licences may be suspended or cancelled; and
(t) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 59, Applied:01 Jul 2013] provide for subsidies to be payable to holders of taxi licences; and
(u) prescribe the minimum service levels, quotas and other performance targets for taxis; and
(v) provide for the keeping and production of records; and
(w) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 59, Applied:01 Jul 2013] provide for the management of lost property in taxis, luxury hire cars and restricted hire vehicles; and
(x) make provision for or relating to the conduct, behaviour, rights, responsibilities and obligations of responsible operators and taxi drivers in providing taxi services; and
(y) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 59, Applied:01 Jul 2013] make provision for or relating to the conduct, behaviour, rights, responsibilities and obligations of holders of luxury hire car licences or restricted hire vehicle licences, or of luxury hire car drivers or restricted hire vehicle drivers, in providing luxury hire car services or restricted hire vehicle services; and
(z) prescribe service standards in respect of customers including compliance with human rights legislation; and
(za) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 63 of 2009, s. 11, Applied:01 Jan 2010] [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 61 of 2011, s. 59, Applied:01 Jul 2013] make provision for or relating to the conduct, behaviour, rights, responsibilities and obligations of passengers in taxis, luxury hire cars and restricted hire vehicles; and
(zb) [Schedule 5 Amended by No. 63 of 2009, s. 11, Applied:01 Jan 2010] provide for the review of administrative decisions made by the Commission under the Act.
SCHEDULE 6 - Legislation repealed

Section 104

SCHEDULE 7 - Legislation rescinded

Section 105

Taxi Industry Regulations 1996 (No. 198 of 1996)

Taxi Industry (Taxi Areas) Regulations 1996 (No. 199 of 1996)

Taxi Industry Amendment Regulations 1997 (No. 194 of 1997)

Taxi Industry (Taxi Areas) Amendment Regulations 1997 (No. 195 of 1997)

Taxi Industry Amendment (Extension) Regulations 1998 (No. 88 of 1998)

Taxi Industry Amendment (Extension) Regulations 1999 (No. 21 of 1999)

Taxi Industry Amendment (Public Vehicles Reform) Regulations 2000 (No. 69 of 2000)

Taxi Industry (Taxi Areas) Amendment Regulations 2000 (No. 70 of 2000)

Taxi Industry Amendment (Fares) Regulations 2000 (No. 96 of 2000)

Taxi Industry Amendment (Fares) Regulations (No. 2) 2000 (No. 248 of 2000)

Taxi Industry Amendment Regulations 2001 (No. 53 of 2001)

Taxi Industry Amendment (Fares) Regulations 2002 (No. 25 of 2002)

Taxi Industry Amendment (Fares) Regulations 2003 (No. 69 of 2003)

Taxi Industry Amendment Regulations 2003 (No. 100 of 2003)

Taxi Industry Amendment Regulations 2004 (No. 15 of 2004)

Taxi Industry (Taxi Areas) Amendment Regulations 2004 (No. 16 of 2004)

Taxi Industry Amendment (Security Cameras) Regulations 2004 (No. 21 of 2004)

Taxi Industry Amendment (Wheelchair-accessible Taxis) Regulations 2004 (No. 60 of 2004)

Taxi Industry (Taxi Areas) Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2004 (No. 61 of 2004)

Taxi Industry Amendment (Fares and Charges) Regulations 2004 (No. 107 of 2004)

Taxi Industry Amendment Regulations 2005 (No. 89 of 2005)

Taxi Industry Amendment (Number-plates and Labels) Regulations 2005 (No. 114 of 2005)

Taxi Industry Amendment (Fares) Regulations 2005 (No. 117 of 2005)

Taxi Industry Amendment Regulations (No. 2) 2005 (No. 130 of 2005)

Taxi Industry Amendment Regulations 2006 (No. 119 of 2006)

Taxi Industry (Taxi Areas) Amendment Regulations 2007 (No. 11 of 2007)

Taxi Industry Amendment (Fares) Regulations 2007 (No. 25 of 2007)

Taxi Industry Amendment (Wheelchair-Accessible Taxi Licences) Regulations 2007 (No. 96 of 2007)