Under the Transport (Compliance and Miscellaneous) Act 1983, the Essential Services Commission (the Commission) is responsible for determining the maximum fares for taxi services in the Melbourne metropolitan taxi zone and the urban and large regional taxi zone.
On 17 October the Commission updated its taxi fare determination.
Maximum fares levels remain unchanged by these updates. However, we have updated the mechanism for determining the airport rank fee that taxi drivers may charge passengers.
Until this point there has been some confusion among stakeholders about our role in setting the airport rank fee. While the Commission has the power to determine how much taxi drivers can charge customers, it cannot determine what Melbourne Airport charges taxi drivers for collecting passengers from the airport taxi rank.
The updated to our fare determination allows taxi drivers to charge passengers an airport rank fee up to an amount equal to Melbourne Airport’s access charge as published from time to time on Melbourne Airport’s website and in a widely circulated newspaper. This update makes it clear that Melbourne Airport is fully responsible for the access charge and provides for transparency of the airport’s charge before it can be passed through to taxi customers.
In addition, we have made some minor amendments to the taxi fare schedule to simplify wording, remove duplication of other regulations and reduce prescriptiveness.
The updated determination will take effect from 1 November 2016.