Rank and Hail Taxi Fares Order

Transport for NSW sets the maximum fares for rank and hail taxi services that operate in NSW.

A new taxi fares order came into effect on 1 November 2017, coinciding with the commencement of the new regulatory framework for the point to point transport industry.

It is important to note that the fares order only applies in respect of taxi services that are caught at a rank or hailed on the street. It does not apply to booked point to point transport trips (including booked taxi trips).

Other changes to the taxi fares order include removal of a booking fee, changes to the cleaning fee with a maximum fee of $120, and the removal of the return toll for Sydney Harbour Bridge and Tunnel northbound trips.

Fare calculation devices

The Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Regulation 2017 contains new rules for fare calculation devices (or meters) used in taxis vehicle in NSW.

However, taxi service providers have until 1 November 2018 to ensure they comply with the new requirements, as long as their taxis are currently fitted with taximeters that meet all requirements under Schedule 2 of the Passenger Transport Regulation 2007 as in force on 31 October 2017.

Passenger Transport Regulation 2007 Schedule 2 (PDF, 143.13 KB)

Taxi licence determinations

The Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Act 2016 (the Act) requires Transport for NSW to determine before 31 March each year the number of annual taxi licences to be released  commencing on the following 1 July.

  • In making the determination for licences, Transport for NSW must consider factors outlined in s73 of the Act including:
  • Likely passenger demand and latent demand for taxi services.
  • The performance of existing taxi services.
  • The demand for new taxi licences.
  • The viability and sustainability of the taxi industry.

Any other matters Transport for NSW considers relevant, having regard to the objective of ensuring improved taxi services.

To help the industry adjust to the point to point transport reforms, no new taxi licences, other than wheelchair accessible taxi licences and replacement licences, will be issued in Sydney before 2019.

Although replacement licences may be issued in the interim, there will be no overall increase in the number of taxi licences in Sydney before March 2019.

Annual taxi licence determinations

  • Taxi Licence Category and WAT Licence Fee Determinations
  • Under the Point to Point Transport (Taxi and Hire Vehicles) Act 2016, Transport for NSW is to determine the categories of taxi licences that may be issued by the Point to Point Transport Commissioner, and also to determine the licence fee for a wheelchair accessible taxi licence. 
  • Two determinations were made on 9 November 2017:
  • Notice under section 50(2) Categories of Taxi Licences (PDF, 80.11 KB)

Referrals to IPART

Minister for Transport may make a referral to the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) for an investigation and a report making recommendations as to the number of taxi licences to be issued for a particular period.

IPART is currently providing advice to the NSW Government on the number of new taxi licences (other than licences for wheelchair accessible taxis) to be issued in areas outside Sydney from 1 July 2018. For more, visit the IPART website.

Previous IPART reports on taxi licences determinations are available on its website.

Taxi licence tender process

Once Transport for NSW has determined the number and type of taxi licences to be released in a particular period, the Point to Point Transport Commissioner will conduct a taxi licence tender in accordance with the Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Act 2016.

For more information about taxi licence tenders please visit the Commissioner's website.

 

CURRENT FARES EFFECTIVE 1 JULY 2014

MAXIMUM FARES IN AN URBAN AREA

Hiring Charge: $3.60
Peak Time Hiring Charge: $2.50. This is a fixed surcharge payable in addition to the Hiring Charge for the hiring of a taxi-cab licensed to operate in an Urban Area in respect of a journey commencing between 10pm on a Friday, Saturday or day before a Public Holiday and 6am on the next day.
Distance Rate: $2.19 per kilometre
Night Distance Rate: $2.63 per kilometre
Booking Fee: $2.50
Waiting Time: 94.4 cents per minute ($56.68 per hour)

MAXIMUM FARES IN COUNTRY AREAS

Hiring Charge: $4.10
Distance Rate: $2.26 per kilometre for the first 12 kilometres and $3.13 per kilometre thereafter
Night Distance Rate: $2.71 per kilometre for the first 12 kilometres and $3.75 per kilometre thereafter
Holiday Distance Rate: $2.71 per kilometre for the first 12 kilometres and $3.75 per kilometre thereafter
Booking Fee: $1.20
Waiting Time: 96.0 cents per minute ($57.65 per hour)

Tolls: All tolls are payable in addition to the authorised fare in relation to a journey in a taxi-cab licensed to operate in either an Urban Area or a Country Area.

Maxi-cabs (seating for 5 or more adults, in addition to the driver): Except in the case of a multiple hiring, up to 150% of the maximum fares and charges (excluding tolls) may be charged if:

  • The maxi-cab is pre-booked and/or requested, regardless of the number of passengers
  • The maxi-cab is hired from a taxi zone or street hail, if there are 5 or more passengers

Multiple Hirings: 75% of the maximum fare per passenger, for a multiple hiring:

  • Agreed to with the consent of the driver and all hirers
  • All hirers commence journey at the same time and travel to destinations in same general direction

Sharing a taxi: 100% of the maximum fare paid by the hirer - even if the hirer requires the driver to permit other passengers to share the taxi or to drive to other destinations before driving to the hirer's destination.

How your Taxi fare is calculated

How your Maxi Taxi fare is calculated

How your Country Taxi fare is calculated