Department of the Legislative Assembly

Registration of Taxi Drivers

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WRITTEN QUESTIONS
11th Assembly


30/06/2010

164. Registration of Taxi Drivers

Mr Giles to MINISTER for Minister for Transport

QUESTION
    In relation to registration of drivers in the taxi industry:

    1. For each of the last 5 years, how many taxi drivers have been given their taxi licences without holding an NT drivers license for a minimum period of 2 years.

    2. For each of the last 5 years, how many taxi drivers in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and Darwin regions -
        (a) have been issued a temporary taxi license; and

        (b) have subsequently been re-issued with temporary licenses.
    3. What plans are in place to ensure these temporary license holders meet the appropriate licensing requirements
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ANSWER


Answered on 10/08/2010

No. 164
LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY

WRITTEN QUESTION
Mr Giles to Minister for Transport
Registration of Taxi Drivers
In relation to registration of drivers in the taxi industry:
    1. For each of the last 5 years, how many taxi drivers have been given their taxi licences without holding an NT drivers licence for a minimum of 2 years.
    2. For each of the last 5 years how many taxi drivers in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Nhulunbuy and Darwin regions –
        a. have been issued a temporary taxi licence; and
        b. have subsequently been re-issued with temporary licenses.
    3. What plans are in place to ensure these temporary license holders meet the appropriate licensing requirements


Answer
    1. For reasons of public safety, one of the requirements to obtain a Commercial Passenger Vehicle Identity (CPVID) card to drive a taxi is that a person must have held an NT open class "C" driver licence or interstate equivalent for two years.
An exemption provision to this requirement is available on a case by case basis (usually for overseas licence holders taking up residency in the NT) whereby the person may be issued an interim taxi CPVID card with a condition of being restricted to driving for a nominated operator until they have completed the two years driving experience. The nominated operator is required to submit written confirmation agreeing to support the person during the period.

2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
0years
1
3
20
16
20
1years
1
2
0
9
17
Total
2
5
20
25
37






    2. A Provisional (temporary) CPVID card is issued to a person who has not fully completed the required training requirements and achieved a minimum 220 hours of CPV driving experience.
A Provisional CPVID card is issued for up to 6 months during which time that person is expected to complete the training and 220 hours on the job training.

Issue of Provisional CPVID cards was introduced to overcome a downturn in the number of trained/licensed taxi drivers. This also enabled on the job training and mentoring of new drivers. In extenuating circumstances a Provisional CPVID card may be extended.



2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
ASP
12
22
31
27
41
DWN
89
82
121
90
140
GOV
7
3
0
2
26
KAT
3
0
0
8
4
TCK
3
1
0
0
1
Total
114
108
152
127
212

2(a).












2005
2006
2007
2008
2009
ASP
5
12
18
17
22
DWN
45
13
46
32
73
GOV
4
0
0
0
16
KAT
0
0
0
5
3
TCK
2
0
0
0
0
Total
56
25
64
54
114

2(b).










3. All taxi drivers are appropriately licensed. Specific taxi driver training is provided by Registered Training Organisations and any specific complaints may be directed to phone 1300 654 628.


Last updated: 04 Aug 2016