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Ride Sourcing in Tasmania

Ride-sourcing in Tasmania

From 7 November 2016, ride-sourcing services will be permitted in Tasmania, subject to a range of conditions.

Uber is the only ride-sourcing platform provider that has indicated it will be operating in Tasmania.

You can visit Uber’s website to find out more – hobart.ubermovement.com/why-partner-with-uber

How do I use Ride-sourcing Services in Tasmania?

Ride-sourcing services are pre-booked via a smart phone booking application and payment system.  You need to download an 'app' to use the service.

The driver is required to hold a current Ancillary Certificate, which means they have been assessed as being a fit and proper person to operate a Public Passenger Vehicle (PPV).

All ride sourcing vehicles are required to have undergone a vehicle inspection within the last 12 months.

Note: Ride-sourcing vehicles will not be able to:

  • use taxi ranks
  • accept jobs from passengers ‘hailing’ in the street
  • solicit for passenger trade on a public street (for example by parking your car and calling out to people).

How do I apply to be a Ride-source driver?

If you want to become a ride-sourcing driver the Department strongly suggests you contact a ride sourcing platform provider before commencing the application process.  

The provider will be able to let you know if you and your car are eligible to drive using their platform.  

If you do meet the platform providers requirements you will be required to obtain an Ancillary Certificate and comply with all conditions and requirements of the Transport Commission exemption.

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Regulatory requirements for operators

The platform provider will be able to help you with completing all the necessary requirements and can – with your consent - lodge your Ancillary Certificate application on your behalf.  Steps you need to complete to become a ride-sourcing driver in Tasmania.

You will not be able to provide any ride-sourcing services until you have received confirmation from the Department of State Growth that your application was successful.

If you have a question email ridesource@stategrowth.tas.gov.au

What is a Platform Provider?

A platform provider is an entity that gives access to allow a ride source driver to deliver ride services, via a booking system, to the public.  However they must meet certain requirements as laid out in the Transport Commission’s exemption.  

The ride-sourcing platform provider Uber currently oversees ride-sourcing drivers in Tasmania.

The Tasmanian Government welcomes other platform providers, however any platform provider providing such a service musty comply with the exemption.  

If you intend to launch a ride-source platform in Tasmania or would like more information about the requirements contact Industry Policy, Department of State Growth on (03) 6166 3464.