Menu

Additional Suitability Requirements for Wheelchair Accessible Taxis and Hackneys

Capacity

Wheelchair accessible taxis and wheelchair accessible hackneys must be constructed or converted specifically to accommodate at least one person sitting in a wheelchair and 1 other passenger. With no wheelchair passenger the vehicle should accommodate a minimum of 3 adult passengers.

Access equipment

Wheelchair accessible taxis and wheelchair accessible hackneys must have specialist equipment including:

  • Wheelchair ramps or lifts; and
  • Restraints for wheelchairs and passengers travelling in wheelchairs.

Signage

  • Wheelchair accessible taxis must have the internationally recognised accessibility symbol on the roof sign.
  • Wheelchair accessible hackneys must have the internationally recognised accessibility symbol on the door.

Technical Assessor’s Report

Licences for wheelchair accessible vehicles are issued only for vehicles that meet the standards set out in the National Transport Authority’s Initial Suitability Inspection Manual. These standards must be certified by a qualified Technical Assessor, who must complete a Technical Assessor’s Report to certify that the vehicle meets all the required standards.

A template for the Assessor’s Report is available, and this template must be used. In making the assessment, the Technical Assessor will measure some items, and will rely on formal test data provided by the vehicle manufacturer, the vehicle converter or the supplier or installer of parts for others.

The Technical Assessor’s Report must be dated no more than 60 days before the date of the Initial Suitability Inspection. You must bring a copy of this report and any associated documents with you to the Initial Suitability Inspection, as the inspector will retain them.