Taxi and hire vehicle booked fares
Changes to taxi, hire car and rideshare services
From 1 February a temporary $1 levy applies on all taxi, hire car and rideshare trips in NSW. This is to help people who have put their lifetime savings into the industry and are now doing it tough. The rules for point to point transport have also changed. Find out more.
The rules for point to point transport changed on 1 November 2017.
Under the new rules, The fares for booked taxi services are no longer regulated by the government meaning all booking service providers can set their own fares based on the service they provide and offer discounts or peak pricing at their discretion.
This change allows all booking service providers to be flexible in their pricing in a number of ways that can benefit the customer and gives you the opportunity to compare fares between different service providers.
It is possible you might now notice some fluctuation in the fares on offer across the booked point to point transport market. As an example of the variability in pricing, service providers may offer loyalty or ‘frequent rider’ discounts or set fixed fares for certain trips, such as from the CBD to the airport.
Get an upfront fare estimate
All point to point transport booking service providers must now provide you with an upfront fare estimate before your journey begins. This will make it easier for you to shop around to get a good service that suits you.
A booking service provider may provide the fare estimate based on:
- the distance of the trip
- the time the trip is likely to take
- a set amount that will be charged for the journey
- or a combination of means such as rates per time and distance.
Fare estimates must also include information about how the fare may be varied in relation to the amount and how the variation is calculated.
The trip cannot start until you have agreed on the estimated fare.
Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme customers
For Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS) customers, booked fares will remain regulated. A fare calculation device must be used for all TTSS journeys, and the fare charged must be below the regulated maximum set by Transport for NSW.