Driver Disqualifying Offences

The Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Act 2016 (the Act) and the Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Regulation 2017 (the Regulation) provides a list of disqualifying offences for:

  • Drivers (clause 24 of the Regulation)
  • Applicants and nominated directors or managers (clause 37 of the Regulation) 
  • Close associates (clause 38 of the Regulation)

Generally, if a driver has been found guilty of a disqualifying offence they should not drive a taxi or hire vehicle being used to provide a passenger service. There are some exceptions, such as if a conviction has become spent, which should be considered on a case-by-case basis by an authorised service provider. 

Under the Act, a conviction for a disqualifying offence includes a finding that the charge for an offence is proven, or that a person is guilty of an offence, even though the court does not proceed to a conviction.

A person who has been found guilty of a disqualifying offence can be reconsidered for suitability as a driver once this conviction is spent. 

There are other safety standards that drivers must also comply with, including requirements relating to their driver licence, driving record, medical fitness, as well as any reasonable safety policies and directions from service providers.