Department of State GrowthTransport

Taxis and Hire Vehicles

Taxis are an important part of Tasmania's passenger transport system. Unlike buses, which transport large numbers of people over set routes at regular times, taxis can take up to four passengers (or more in maxi taxis) directly to where they want to go, when they want to go.

Tasmania also has a range of hire vehicle services that can provide more specialised forms of transport. The different taxis and hire vehicles used in Tasmania are:

Standard taxis can be sedans or station wagons, or sometimes small people movers. Some of the larger vehicles can carry up to 12 passengers, but most standard taxis can carry four passengers. Some of these taxis may be labelled as 'silver service' taxis.

Wheelchair accessible taxis (WATs) are normally people movers or passenger vans. These vehicles can carry wheelchair-reliant people, as well as people who don't use wheelchairs. Some WATs are branded or marked as 'maxi taxis', which refers to their alternative use as carriers of large groups of people.

Luxury hire cars provide pre-booked transport in a luxury vehicle or limousine.

Restricted hire vehicles provide pre-booked transport for certain special occasions such as weddings, as well as tours in sedans or small people movers.
There are currently over 500 taxis operating in Tasmania, about 20 luxury hire cars and 120 restricted hire vehicles.  Most of these vehicles operate in either Hobart or Launceston.

Passenger Information

Using Taxis in Tasmania

Taxi Fares

Industry Information

Owner-Operator Taxi Licences

Unsold licences from 2015 Tender

In accordance with section 23(7) of the Taxi and Hire Vehicle Industries Act 2008, all Owner-Operator Taxi Licences (OOTLs) remaining from the 2015 Tender that were unsold have been withdrawn from sale effective from 30 September 2016.

Additional licences

There will be no OOTLs made available by the Transport Commission in any Tasmanian taxi area for 2016, 2017 and 2018.

  • On 21 September 2016, the Minister for Infrastructure declared that no additional OOTLs are to be made available in any Tasmanian taxi area for the years 2016, 2017 and 2018.
  • The Minister’s declaration only applies to OOTLs.
  • New wheel-chair accessible taxi (WAT) licences are available by making application to the Transport Commission.
  • Existing OOTLs, WATs and perpetual taxi licences can still be transferred.  Note that approval from the Transport Commission is required for the transfer of an existing OOTL or WAT.

Amendments to the Taxi and Hire Vehicle Industries Act 2008 became law on 6 September 2016. These amendments allow the Minister to suspend the release of additional OOTLs for a particular taxi area for the years 2016, 2017 and/or 2018.  (Click here to view the legislation.)

If you have any questions or would like further information, call the Regulations and Concessions team on 6166 3269.

Industry Information

  • Following the passage of the Government’s legislation to support the operation of ride-sourcing services, Uber has announced that it will launch its ‘UberX’ product in Tasmania before the end of 2016.  
  • State Growth is currently finalising the finer, practical regulatory and administrative details that will need to be put in place to ensure there is a safe and efficient process for getting ride-sourcing drivers on the road later this year.
  • Further information on relevant processes and timeframes will be made publicly available once these details are settled.
  • State Growth is also undertaking a wholesale policy and regulatory review of the taxi and hire vehicle industries over the next 12 months, which will involve detailed consultation with industry stakeholders before the end of 2016. A key objective of the Review will be to minimise the overall regulatory cost burden for the industry as a whole.
  • The initial operation of ride-sourcing – which will be subject to close observation and a range of regulatory protections - will offer important practical evidence to inform the review and future policy and regulatory settings.  The result will be more efficient regulation of the taxi and hire vehicle industries, including ride-sourcing services.

Other Information

Taxi and Hire Car Operators Newsletter

Operator Information

Information about operating and driving taxis and hire vehicles, and approved auditors for operator accreditation.

Operator Forms

Forms relating to accreditation and taxi and hire vehicle licences.