Country Taxi-Car Licence - Western Australia

Service summary

You will require this licence if you intend to operate a taxi-car in a country area. A taxi-car is a vehicle used to transport passengers for profit or reward.

There are a number of different country taxi licences issued in the country. Each licence is based on local requirements. The current taxi licence types include:

  • Conventional taxi: requires a standard vehicle to be available 24 hours a day, seven days a week;
  • Multi-purpose taxi (MPT): capable of carrying at least one wheelchair. There are a number of grants and subsidies available to MPT drivers;
  • Peak-period taxi: only permitted to operate during peak periods, usually Friday and Saturday; and
  • Peak-season taxi: only permitted to operate during peak seasons and special events.

Licences may comprise a combination of the above types depending on the local requirements. There are a fixed number of licences available in each country area. In all towns that currently have taxis, a review of the need for additional licences is held every three years.

Please consult the Contact Officer for further information.

Service type

Licence

A licence defines the need to obtain recognition / certification and registration to undertake a certain business activity.

Eligibility requirements

Your application will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Business capacity and experience;
  • Experience in customer service;
  • Fitness and capacity;
  • Capacity to enhance current competition; and
  • Whether you own the vehicle you will operate.

Your application will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Business capacity and experience;
  • Experience in customer service;
  • Fitness and capacity;
  • Capacity to enhance current competition; and
  • Whether you own the vehicle you will operate.

To be eligible to drive a taxi you must have a T extension on your driver's licence to carry paying passengers in a taxi. To obtain a T extension you must:

  • Be at least 20 years of age;
  • Have held an unrestricted driver's licence for at least 1 year;
  • Not be a provisional driver;
  • Be able to provide suitable personal identification (photographic evidence);
  • Be able to provide contact details for 2 referees who have known you for at least 4 years; and
  • Be a person of good character.

You will need to complete the application and identification forms, undergo a medical examination by your doctor, and pass a criminal / traffic check. Once the above have been successfully completed, you will receive a letter that provides your T extension and identification card. This qualifies you to drive a taxi.

Please consult directly with the Contact Officer for further information on any eligibility requirements specific to your approval.

Duration

12 months. Temporary licences are available.

Fees

 TypeAmountDescription
ApplyApplication$213.70
TransferTransfer$224.85
RenewRenewal$213.70
GeneralMiscellaneous$43.75

Issuing of number plates.

Miscellaneous$75.30Use another vehicle while licensed vehicle is being repaired.

Other resources

Approval time

Approximately two months.

Administering agency

Department of Transport
Transport Services
Passenger Services

Act(s) name

Transport Co-ordination Act 1966 (Western Australia)

Regulation(s) name

Transport (Country Taxi-car) Regulations 1982 (Western Australia)

Contact details

Enquiries
Department of Transport
Transport Services
Passenger Services


Operating address:
20 Brown Street
East Perth
Western Australia 6004
Mailing address:
GPO BOX C102
Perth, Western Australia 6839

Phone:

1300 660 147

Fax:

08 9218 3661
compliance@transport.wa.gov.au

Supporting information

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