Changes to the point to point industry
Compulsory Third Party (CTP) Rebate for Taxis
Eligible registered taxi owners or operators will receive a $3092.41 rebate for Compulsory Third Party (CTP) insurance premiums paid between 1 July 2021 and 30 June 2022. Those registered taxi owners whose vehicle has been registered with them for the full 12 months 1 July 2021 to 30 June 2022 will be processed first.
A similar payment will be made to eligible registered taxi owners to rebate CTP insurance premiums paid for taxis registered between 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023.
More information is available in the Compulsory Third Party Rebate fact sheet.
Taxi Vehicle Age Limit Changes
From 1 July 2022, maximum age limits for some passenger transport vehicles have changed.
Due to the current supply chain issues, operators can apply on exceptional circumstances grounds to temporarily defer replacement of a metropolitan taxi. Operators will need to apply to the Accreditation and Licensing Centre (ALC) for an exemption to operate a metropolitan taxi beyond 8 years, up to a maximum of 10 years.
The maximum age limit for a metropolitan access taxi vehicle is now 10 years. As is the case currently, further applications can be made for an exemption to continue operating an access taxi up to a maximum age of 10 years and 6 months. These applications must be made to the ALC, and be on exceptional circumstances grounds, related to supply chain and or modification issues.
Stretch limousines have an age limit of 15 years. Applications can be made for an exemption to operate beyond 15 years, up to a maximum age of 20 years if the vehicle meets appropriate standards for passenger safety and comfort. The maximum operating age of a stretch limousine cannot be further extended beyond 20 years.
More information is available in the Taxi Vehicle Age fact sheet.
The metropolitan Adelaide boundary
The South Australian Government has expanded the metropolitan Adelaide boundary under the Passenger Transport Act 1994 to include the Adelaide Hills and Mount Barker Council areas.
Metropolitan taxis, chauffeur, and ridesource (rideshare) services can now operate in the Adelaide Hills and Mount Barker Council areas. These changes are being implemented with the aim of increasing service availability for tourists and locals in low travel density zones.
Country-based taxi and chauffeur operators are able to continue to operate in the Adelaide Hills and Mount Barker Council areas in the same way that they do currently, including by providing point to point services in the new area.
More information is available in the fact sheets below for metropolitan and non-metropolitan service providers:
- Fact Sheet - Metropolitan service providers (PDF, 1608 KB)
- Fact Sheet - Non-metropolitan service providers (PDF, 1709 KB)
A map of the new boundary is also available below:
Access taxi services
A lifting fee of $25 (plus GST) is paid to the driver for all trips booked by SATSS members through the Access Taxi Centralised Booking Service. This replaces the on-time bonus previously payable to the driver and the $10 lifting fee that previously applied to 75 and 100% SATSS trips. The lifting fee applies to each booked trip, regardless of whether the SATSS member is claiming the trip as a subsidised trip or paying for it in full.
The increased lifting fee payable on a broader category of trips seeks to improve service delivery through reduced wait times and improved services for access taxi customers.
For more information on these changes, how they work, and other key SATSS information, click here.
Conditions of Accreditation
From February 2022, new conditions apply to access drivers, operators and licence holders. These replace and clarify the 'Taxi Licences with Special Conditions (Wheelchair Accessible Taxis)' that previously applied. There are separate conditions for: licence holders, operators and drivers.
The conditions reflect the following longstanding principles
- An Access Taxi vehicle should be available at all times during Access Taxi Hours to perform Access Taxi work, and
- During Access taxi hours, priority must be given to Access taxi work assigned or allocated by the contracted Access Centralised Booking Service (CBS).
Licence Holder conditions of accreditation can be accessed here.
Operator conditions of accreditation can be accessed here.
Driver conditions of accreditation can be accessed here.