Transport Commission Exemption – Ride Sourcing
As part of the ancillary certificate application, all ride sourcing drivers must agree to comply with the requirements of an exemption notice that has been issued by the Transport Commission.
The exemption allows drivers to operate lawfully without a taxi or hire vehicle licence or passenger transport accreditation.
To make sure you are complying with the exemption and operating within the law, as a ride-sourcing driver you must:
- Register as a ride sourcing driver and be granted an ancillary certificate to drive a public passenger vehicle
- Be the registered operator of the ride-source vehicle (maximum of 2 registered operators per vehicle)
- Only operate using a cashless computerised booking and payment system that meets a certain standard and provides for passenger ratings.
- Comply with the Registrar’s vehicle inspection requirements – an initial inspection for all vehicles and annual inspections thereafter ; and
- Provide any information to the Commission and/or the Registrar on request to support any inquiry or investigation relating to your activity a ride sourcing driver.
Extension of ride-sourcing exemption
The current exemption which allows for the lawful operation of ride-sourcing in Tasmania will expire on 31 December 2019.
Due to delays in finalising a framework for the on-demand passenger transport sector, the Transport Commission has approved an exemption notice for the period 1 January 2020 to 31 December 2021.
Practically, there will be no changes to how ride-sourcing operates in Tasmania.
The extension will extend the current arrangements for ride-sourcing, and ensure regulatory certainty for ride-sourcing while a final framework for the on-demand passenger transport sector is legislated.
Should the new legislation be in place prior to 31 December 2021, the exemption will be withdrawn at that earlier date.