You will require this licence if you intend to operate a business that uses certain vehicle types for hire to the general public. Restricted hire vehicles are similar to hire cars except that limited vehicle types qualify for this licence, such as:
- vehicles manufactured at least 25 years prior to the date of the licence application
- vehicles with a carrying capacity of 8 to 9 people
- other non-standard vehicles for hire such as motorcycles for tours, off-road four-wheel drives and modified adventure tour vehicles.
The approved vehicles do not have meters and can only operate if bookings are taken from the place of business of the owner prior to the trip. They cannot accept direct hiring from taxi ranks or public areas.
This licence will not be issued to vehicles which meet the requirements for a standard hire car licence.
Separate driver accreditation may be required.