The Department of Transport (DOT) has issued a new requirement to all operators of taxis that the vehicle must be a ‘commercial’ type, rather than an ‘intercity’ type.

The regulation is an update of the taxi license requirement issued in April last year.

The new requirement is not retrospective, but only applies to drivers with a minimum three-year licence and a ‘non-commercial’ driving licence.

The new requirement was approved by Transport Minister Simon Birmingham on Tuesday.

“The regulatory changes make it clear that the licensing of taxi drivers under the new model will only be for drivers who meet the conditions of their licence,” he said.

There are also additional provisions to address the impact of the new requirement on the availability of licensed drivers, particularly on rural and regional communities.””

The new licence will not allow the holder to operate a ‘private hire’ taxi or a taxi company.”

There are also additional provisions to address the impact of the new requirement on the availability of licensed drivers, particularly on rural and regional communities.

“Under the new regulations, operators of commercial-type taxi cabs will be required to obtain a commercial driver licence from the Minister of Transport before they can operate a taxi service.

Drivers of a ‘business’ type of taxi service, or a business that is a non-commercial taxi service that operates on a commercial basis, will be exempt from the licensing requirements.

The regulations do not affect other types of licensed taxis operating on a noncommercial basis.

In the past, operators could have had their licences suspended or revoked for operating in areas that are unsuitable for taxis.

The latest changes come into effect in October.

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