We are reviewing maximum fares for unbooked commercial passenger vehicle services.
Unbooked taxi fare review 2020
Release consultation paper2 April 2020
Submissions closed7 May 2020
Release draft decision30 June 2020
Submissions on draft decision close31 July 2020
Final decision and price determinationSeptember 2020
Price determination takes effect1 October 2020
We are required to review and set the maximum fares that commercial passenger vehicles can charge for unbooked trips every two years.
The maximum fares for unbooked trips apply to trips that begin in the metro and urban zones, which cover most of metropolitan Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Frankston, Dandenong and the Mornington Peninsula.
Our objective under the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Act for determining maximum fares is to promote the efficient provision and use of unbooked taxis. This objective complements our objective under the Essential Services Commission Act, which is to promote the long term interests of Victorian consumers. We must also have regard to the transport system objectives and decision making principles under the Transport Integration Act 2010.
Our draft decision is to keep maximum fares unchanged
We consider this approach best meets our legislative objectives and requirements.
Overall, we consider that consumers and the unbooked taxi industry will be better off if we keep maximum fares unchanged. Given the current impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the commercial passenger vehicles industry and the uncertainty about its future impact, keeping maximum fares unchanged will provide some level of stability to consumers and unbooked taxi service providers.
We have also been mindful not to impose administrative and implementation burdens, such as collecting large amounts of data from industry participants and updating meters and stickers, on unbooked taxi service providers in these challenging times.
'Time and distance' tariffs to remain optional for now
While we consider that metering technology may no longer be a barrier to implementing ‘time and distance’ tariffs, and that they have certain benefits over ‘time or distance’ tariffs, in the context of the current pandemic and possible resource constraints within the taxi industry, we consider that it is appropriate for the use of ‘time and distance’ tariffs to remain optional for now.