A taxi must be licenced to provide services in New South Wales.
Licenses can only be issued by Transport for NSW, but generally are thereafter transferable or able to be leased.
An operator may purchase or lease an existing licence or may submit a tender to Transport for NSW for an annual licence renewable for 10 years. The market to trade or lease licences is otherwise unregulated for people or organisations that are deemed fit to own or lease a licence.
The Director-General of Transport for NSW determines a number of new licences to be issued each year and releases these licences through public auction or tender process. Wheelchair Assessible Taxi Licenses may be leased from Transport for NSW at any time provided certain licence conditions are met.
Licences are advertised in The Sydney Morning Herald for purchase under businesses for sale. You can also call the NSW Taxi Council or your local network for information.
In order to lease or operate a taxi you must be an accredited operator.
- allowing individuals or company managers to operate taxis. The Act requires an operator to demonstrate ability to meet appropriate requiements for financial viability; safety of drivers, passengers and the pubic; and vehicle maintenance. In addition (unless exempted) an operator must ensure that at all times arrangements are in force with a taxi network for the provision of a taxi booking service and that the taxi is fitted with a receiver capable of receiving messages from the network. The Director-General may exempt an operator from the requirements pertaining to affiliation with a network, and this can occur in country areas where there are few vehicles and network affiliation cannot be provided in a financially viable or reasonably achievable manner. To secure accreditation you must also provide a certificate demonstrating the successful completion of the Taxi Operator's Training Program