Frequently asked questions for taxis
A taxi operator with a taxi registration expiring between 1 March 2020 and 30 September 2020 can choose to:
The following criteria must be established:
A registration extension means that the registration for the taxi is extended by 12 months from current registration period end date. The registration will expire at the end of that 12 month period. The taxi operator does not need to pay for the extension. If the operator has already paid the registration fee, the operator is entitled to a full refund.
Freeze means the registration is suspended with the suspension days added to the registration period when it is reactivated (un-frozen). If a taxi operator chooses to freeze the registration, the taxi cannot be used either as a taxi or private vehicle.
When the taxi operator chooses that it is time to reactivate (un-freeze) the registration of the taxi, the operator will need to notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles who will nominate an inspection station for the taxi to be inspected at no cost to the operator.
Registration can be frozen for a maximum of 12 months. The earliest date that the registration can be frozen from is 2 March 2020.
No, the registration can only be frozen and reactivated (un-frozen) once.
No, when the registration has expired it must have been expired for less than 90 days.
A taxi is not required to be inspected when the registration has been frozen. As part of the process for the registration to be reactivated the taxi must be inspected and meet the Vehicle Standards.
When the taxi operator notifies the Registrar of Motor Vehicles that the registration is to be reactivated, the Registrar will require that the taxi be inspected an inspection station nominated by the Registrar.
There will be no cost for the inspection.
The registration of a taxi cannot be transferred when the registration has been frozen.
The registration of a taxi can be surrendered. The amount of registration refund that is received will not include the period that the registration was frozen.
The registration of a taxi will no longer be frozen, if any of the following happens:
The registration plates remain on the taxi and don’t need to be returned.
When the taxi operator chooses it is time for the registration freeze to be deactivated (unfrozen) the Registrar of Motor Vehicles must be notified. To notify the Registrar of Motor Vehicles please complete this form.
No, the registration freeze is deactivated at no cost, with the number of days that the registration was frozen added to the registration period.
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