There are new rules for Fare Calculation Devices (or meters) used in taxis in NSW. On 1 November 2017, operators of taxis hired from ranks or hailed in the street were given 12 months to comply with the Point to Point Transport (Taxi and Hire Vehicles) Regulation 2017. This grace period is over and you now need to meet the new specifications.
The new rules are less prescriptive and will give you greater flexibility and more technology options. For instance, while fare calculation devices must be resistant to tampering and vandalism, they no longer need to be lead sealed. However, a new requirement is that fare calculation devices must be able to display tolls.
Key points to note regarding the new rules
Your fare calculation device must:
- display the fare, including any additional fees, charges or tolls, in numerals and in Australian dollars
be capable of accurately calculating the fare at all times
be calibrated so that it determines the fare in accordance with the authorised fares
be resistant to tampering and vandalism and in working order
display fares and other charges clearly for all passengers
be securely fixed to the taxi or secured properly in a mounting which is designed for the purpose, and in a way which is not likely to cause injury to passengers or the driver
Click here to ensure you meet and comply with the Regulation.