- How are taxi fares calculated?
- What are the different tariffs?
- What are the fares for different taxi areas?
- What other fees and charges apply to taxis?
- What taxi fare concessions are available?
- Can a taxi be 'multi-hired'?
- Where does my taxi fare go?
How are taxi fares calculated?
Taxi fares include:
- a flagfall, which is the amount on the meter when the taxi is hired;
- a distance rate; and
- waiting time, which is added to the fare instead of the distance rate when the taxi is stopped, or travelling at less than a particular speed.
What are the different tariffs?
There are four tariffs:
- Tariff 1 applies to all standard taxis and wheelchair accessible taxis when no passenger in a wheelchair is travelling. Tariff 1 applies between 6:00 am and 8:00 pm on weekdays other than public holidays.
- Tariff 2 applies to all standard taxis and wheelchair accessible taxis when no passenger in a wheelchair is travelling. Tariff 2 applies between 8:00 pm and 6:00 am on weekdays and all day on weekends and public holidays.
- Tariff 3 applies to wheelchair accessible taxis when at least one passenger in a wheelchair is travelling and there are less than five passengers. Tariff 3 applies between 6:00 am and 8:00 pm on weekdays other than public holidays.
- Tariff 4 applies to wheelchair accessible taxis when at least one passenger in a wheelchair is travelling. Tariff 4 applies between 8:00 pm and 6:00 am on weekdays and all day on weekends and public holidays.
The high occupancy tariff ('maxi taxi' fare) is charged by wheelchair accessible taxis that are carrying five or more passengers (whether they are in a wheelchair or not) at any time of day. It is the same as tariff 4.
These tariffs are the maximum tariffs that a taxi driver can charge you.
What are the fares for different taxi areas?
Standard taxis and WATs when up to 5 non wheelchair-reliant passengers are travelling
WATS when at least one passenger is travelling in a wheelchair
Areas not listed
King Island & Flinders Island
All taxi areas
Tariff 1 (per km)
Tariff 3 (per km)
Tariff 2 (per km)
Tariff 4 (per km)
Fares effective 8 January 2014
What other fees and charges apply to taxis?
For trips that start outside Burnie, Devonport, Hobart or Launceston between 12:30 am and 5:00 am the driver may charge a surcharge of $2.60.
A fee of 10 per cent of the metered fare may be applied to fares that are paid by credit card, EFTPOS or other non-cash methods such as Cabcharge.
The driver may charge a passenger for any tolls, entry and exit fees (such as from the airport) and other similar fees that are charged to the taxi during the trip. For example, if your trip starts at the Hobart Airport or the Launceston Airport, you will have to pay an airport charge. The driver must be able to produce a receipt for the fee.
If you soil the taxi (for example, if you are sick) you could be asked to pay a 'soiling fee' of up to $70.00. This is to cover the costs of cleaning the taxi and the time the vehicle is off the road.
There are no other extra charges. Taxi services in Tasmania are not permitted to charge fee such as booking fees, 'silver service' surcharges or fees for carrying extra luggage.
What taxi fare concessions are available?
If you are a member of the Government's Transport Access Scheme and you meet certain criteria, you may be able to get subsidised taxi fares.
The Transport Access Scheme assists people who have a permanent and severe disability which prohibits independent access into the community. 'Permanent' means life-long (that is, not able to be corrected by recognised surgery or treatment). A qualified medical practitioner must provide an assessment of your disability as part of your application. The Scheme is not open to people who have temporary disorders or whose condition is expected to improve in time.
Taxi fare concessions entitle eligible members to:
- a 50 per cent fare reduction when travelling in standard taxis. This subsidy is only available to people who meet the income and asset criteria for the issue of a Pensioner Concession Card, Health Care Card or a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card issued by Centrelink, and holders of a Pensioner Concession Card issued by Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) (not a DVA 'Gold Card'); or
- a 60 per cent fare reduction when travelling in WATs (for wheelchair reliant members of the Scheme only).
A maximum concession of $25.00 per journey applies when using standard taxis. A maximum concession of $30.00 applies for wheelchair-reliant members when using a WAT.
For further information on the Transport Access Scheme click here.
Can a taxi be 'multi-hired'?
The term 'multi-hiring' refers to a hiring where two or more people, normally strangers, travel in a taxi from a common starting point to different destinations in the same general direction. Each person pays a proportion (e.g. 75 per cent) of the fare that is shown on the taximeter at the time they reach their destination. The driver collects a fare from each hirer, but the fare paid by each hirer is normally less than the total fare would have been if they'd travelled by themselves.
Multi-hiring of taxis in this way isn't permitted in Tasmania.
If you want to hire a taxi to drop passengers off (or pick them up) at different locations along the route, this is allowed. The meter must run continuously for the whole trip. Passengers can make their own arrangements for paying the fare among themselves, but the passenger(s) at the final drop-off point must pay the driver the fare shown on the meter.
When you hire a taxi, the driver must not allow anyone else to travel in the taxi without your permission.
Where does my taxi fare go?
There is no simple answer to this question. It depends on the ownership, management and driving arrangements of the taxi.
There could be up to 4 different parties involved (directly or indirectly) in providing a taxi service:
- The taxi driver
- The accredited operator of the taxi service
- The owner of the taxi licence
- The taxi company or network to which the taxi is affiliated (as indicated by the signage on the taxi).
Particularly in Hobart and Launceston, it is likely that all 4 parties will be involved. They all have a claim on the money earned by the taxi.
In this arrangement, the fares initially go to the operator, who pays the driver a percentage of the income as agreed between the driver and the operator. This is normally 50 per cent, although some operators pay different amounts.
Out of the remaining 50 per cent, the operator must pay the cost of leasing the licence to the owner of the licence, membership fees to the taxi network and all of the costs associated with operating the taxi.
In other cases, especially in the smaller taxi areas, one person may fulfil all of the roles (1) to (3). That is, that person owns the licence, he or she is the accredited operator and he or she drives the taxi for all or some of the shifts.
In this situation, all of the fare goes to the operator. He or she uses this money to cover the costs of operating the taxi service, including purchase costs for the taxi licence (if applicable), network membership fees (if they are a member), vehicle maintenance and repair, fuel, insurance, registration and so on.
If the operator has engaged a driver to cover some shifts, he or she pays the agreed percentage of the fare collected during those shifts to the driver.