Department of State GrowthTransport

Regulatory requirements for operators

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

Drivers wishing to use their vehicles to provide ride-sourcing services need to satisfy a range of requirements, including:

  • having a police check and
  • obtaining ‘working with children’ registration and
  • having their vehicle inspected.

Find out what you need to do to operate as a ride-sourcing driver in Tasmania.

Drivers will only lawfully be able to provide ride-sourcing services in Tasmania if they use a computerised booking and payment system. The booking and payment system must have certain minimum functions as prescribed by the Tasmanian Transport Commission.

Passenger Transport Services Act 2011 - Exemption Notice (DOCX, 15.17 KB)

Ride-sourcing services - regulatory requirements

To protect the safety of passengers, drivers and the general public, a range of regulatory requirements will apply to the operation of ride-sourcing services in Tasmania.

In order to ensure they are operating lawfully, ride-sourcing drivers must:

  • register as a ride sourcing driver and be granted an ancillary certificate to drive a public passenger vehicle by the Registrar or Motor Vehicles
  • be the registered operator of the ride-source vehicle and there is a maximum of two registered operators per vehicle
  • only operate using a cashless computerised booking and payment system that meets a certain standard and provides for passenger ratings
  • Not have any alcohol in their system when they are providing a passenger transport service
  • comply with the Registrar’s vehicle inspection requirements – an initial inspection for all vehicles and annual inspections thereafter
  • provide any information to the Commission and/or the Registrar on request to support any inquiry or investigation relating to their compliance with legislative and regulatory requirements.

Ride sourcing drivers are only allowed to accept jobs that are pre-booked using a smart-phone-based ride-sourcing booking and payment platform. They are not permitted to:

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

The Department of State Growth strongly suggests that anyone interested in becoming a ride-sourcing driver should first contact a ride-sourcing platform provider. These providers will be able to advise interested drivers to tell them directly if they are eligible to drive using their specific platform and, if not, why.

Several Platform Providers are active in Tasmania whose booking and payment system meets the Transport Commission requirements.