The Commercial Passenger Vehicles (CPV) Branch is responsible for developing and implementing policies and standards within legislative frameworks for the CPV industry. The CPV Branch also advises the Government and Minister on industry issues.
The Branch regulates the CPV industry and processes operator accreditations, industry driver licensing, administers the NT Taxi Subsidy and Lift Incentive Schemes, and monitors compliance and the management of complex complaints.
From 1 February 2013, all drivers of commercial passenger vehicles (as defined in the Commercial Passenger (Road) Transport Act) are exempt from rules 265 (3) and 266 (1) of the Australian Road Rules for the purpose of driving passenger vehicles to carry passengers for hire or reward.
The exemption is subject to the following conditions:
(a) if there is an approved child restraint available in a vehicle it must be used in accordance with rule 266 (2), 266 (2A) and 266 (2B) of the Australian Road Rules; and
(b) if a vehicle has 2 or more rows of seats, a passenger who is under 4 years old must not travel in the front row of seats; and
(c) if a vehicle has 2 or more rows of seats a passenger who is 4 years old or older, but is less than 7 years old, must not travel in the front row of seats unless all of the other seats in the row or rows behind the front row are occupied by passengers who are also under 7 year old.
See further exemptions to the Australian Road Rules.
The Minister for Transport, the Hon Adam Giles MLA has declared the extension of the taxi and minibus areas within Alice Springs and Gove. These boundary extensions will take effect on and from 1 February 2013.
Alice Springs Taxi and Minibus Areas
The new declared area is the area within the municipal boundary of Alice Springs but excluding the land that is both south of Colonel Rose Drive and east of the Stuart Highway.
Gove Taxi and Minibus Areas
The new declared area is the area within a 16 km radius of the Post Office at Nhulunbuy.
Catching a taxi home will be made easier with more cabs to be allowed to operate on Territory roads.
Currently there is a cap of 143 licences for Darwin and 36 licences for Alice Springs.
The introduction of additional taxis licences will be staggered with ten licences to be made available immediately to accommodate extra demand around Christmas.
This initiative also links with the Territory Government's decision to increase subsidies for wheelchair taxi users.
Commercial Vehicle Licence Fee Changes from 1 January 2013
As of 1 January 2013, there will be a 10% increase to all Commercial Vehicle Licence fees.
Schedule of Fees (PDF 65.5kb)