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SPSV Licence Categories

There are five basic categories of vehicle licence:

Note that a vehicle may only be associated with one SPSV licence at any one time.

Taxis

  • May be hired at a taxi rank or hailed on the street (stand or ply for hire);
  • May stand at a taxi rank (but only while the vehicle is available for hire);
  • May use with-flow bus lanes when operating as an SPSV;
  • Must use a verified calibrated taximeter and a printer for receipts;
  • Must have a regulation roof sign;
  • Must display the national maximum taxi fare card in the front of the vehicle and the passenger information card in the rear;
  • Unless otherwise agreed with the customer in advance and in writing, must not charge more than the national maximum taxi fare;
  • The driver must remain with the vehicle at all times while standing for hire, plying for hire and during a hire; and
  • The driver must keep a record of all bookings and provide a printed receipt.

Wheelchair Accessible Taxis

In addition to the above rules for taxis, wheelchair accessible taxis must:

  • Have specialist equipment including ramps, wheelchair anchorages and suitable seatbelts;
  • Have the accessibility symbol displayed on their roof sign;
  • Accommodate at least one person seated in their wheelchair and at least three other passengers; and
  • Give priority to bookings for people with disabilities.

Hackneys

  • Must be pre-booked (may not be hailed on the street or stand for hire at a taxi rank);
  • Must agree the fare to be charged in advance (the fare is not calculated on a taximeter);
  • Must, from the time of receipt of the notification of the hire to its completion, carry a document in the vehicle showing the details of the booking (name of hirer, starting point and destination, fare agreed);
  • Must provide a written receipt containing specific information on payment of the fare;
  • Are not permitted to use bus lanes; and
  • Are not permitted to display signs or advertisements except as prescribed by the Authority.

Wheelchair Accessible Hackneys

In addition to the above rules for hackneys, wheelchair accessible hackneys must:

  • Have specialist equipment including ramps, wheelchair anchorages and suitable seatbelts;
  • Accommodate at least one person seated in their wheelchair and at least three other passengers;
  • Have the accessibility symbol displayed on a door; and
  • Give priority to bookings for people with disabilities.

Limousines

The rules for hackneys, above, apply to limousines. In addition, limousines must:

  • Be suitable for hire for ceremonial occasions, or for corporate or other prestige purposes; and
  • Have an engine size of at least 1900cc, unless they are over 30 years old.