Last month a taxi driver was convicted and fined $350 at the Downing Centre Local Court for displaying a different person’s driver ID while available for hire.
Under the point to point transport law, a driver of a taxi that plies or stands for hire on a road or road related area, must clearly display their correct driver identity document in the vehicle.
The driver was issued a penalty notice when the breach took place, which was later challenged in court. The driver was convicted, fined $350 and ordered to pay the Commissioner’s legal costs of $500.
Identity documents are issued to drivers by their authorised taxi service provider and include the drivers photograph and a unique identification number. All taxi service providers are required by law to issue drivers with IDs. Taxis must also be fitted with a device designed for displaying driver identity documents and must be clearly visible to passengers in the taxi.
Find more information on taxi and hire vehicle driver obligations in the Driver Obligation factsheet.