Updated: Jul 23
The overhaul of the taxi and on-demand transport industry in Western Australia has entered its third and final stage.
The transition to passenger transport driver (PTD) authorisations completes the reform package that has been implemented over the last two years under the Transport (Road Passenger Services) Act 2018.
The reform has seen on-demand booking services, vehicles and now Passenger Transport Drivers require authorisation and to accept new safety obligations and responsibilities.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti says, "The historic on-demand transport reforms we have implemented have delivered a safer and more accountable industry for passengers, drivers and other road users."
"The reforms have also provided more flexibility for those working in the industry, allowing them to better tailor their businesses to suit their needs and adapt to changing customer requirements."
From July 1, 2020, drivers entering the passenger transport industry must apply for the new PTD authorisation, while drivers already working in the industry have 12 months to transition to the new arrangement. "This final stage of reform - the move to PTD authorisations - clarifies in regulation what constitutes a fit and proper person to transport passengers, adding to the culture of safety that is at the heart of the industry reform," said Minister Saffioti.
"I recognise that change is not always easy and I commend the passenger transport industry for coming with us on this journey."
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