When it comes to driving in Australia, there are two basic types of drivers: those who hail a taxi, and those who ride in taxis.
While both types are valuable for some passengers, taxi drivers are less efficient than Uber or Lyft drivers.
Here’s a breakdown of the differences between them.
Uber and Lyft Drivers and Drivers in Sydney A taxi driver is a person who has taken a taxi from one location to another, typically for a short distance.
Unlike a taxi that only operates on a specific street or route, a taxi is a commercial entity that is regulated by a government.
A taxi is generally regulated by the state, city or metropolitan area, or by the company, depending on the specific licence type in place.
The licence type is also the vehicle registration number and the taxi number.
There are two ways a taxi driver can be classified: a driver who is a driver for hire (typically, they work for a third party, such as a courier or a contractor), or a taxi licence holder (a person who owns the taxi and is responsible for its safety and operation).
A driver forhire A taxi licence is a licence that gives a person the right to hire a vehicle from the taxi service company.
Drivers for hire are regulated by different government bodies, and are regulated differently in each jurisdiction.
Some, such the NSW Taxi Board, are regulated directly by the government, while other bodies, such Collingwood Taxi, are overseen by the transport ministry.
In the case of taxis, the licensing authorities in NSW oversee the licensing of taxi operators and taxi drivers, and regulate their activities.
For more information on taxi licensing, see the taxi licensing and inspection process.
For drivers for hire, a driver is licensed to operate a taxi for hire.
A licence is required from each of the taxi licence holders, and each licence holder is required to pay an annual fee of $10,000, which can be passed on to the passengers in a lump sum.
For information about how to apply for a taxi license, see taxi licensing.
For taxi licence applicants, the licence holder must apply for and pass a written examination in the state.
This examination consists of 30 to 45 questions that are designed to assess the driver’s knowledge of the area of the country where they operate and the rules of the road.
Applicants must also pass a test at the end of the examination.
The examinations are administered by the NSW Transport Department and run for three years.
A driver’s licence for hire requires more information and can be difficult to obtain.
For the taxi industry, a licence holder needs to meet an Australian Driver of License (ADL) requirement, which is a standard set by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.
A commercial driver’s license, which was introduced in January 2018, is a different type of licence for commercial operators and allows them to operate for a fee.
Commercial drivers must meet a similar standard, and can only operate in a range of licensed commercial areas and locations.
Taxi licence holders who are licensed to drive taxis must also take the taxi test.
Taxi licences are available for purchase in NSW from licensed taxi operators, as well as from independent contractors.
To find out how to obtain a taxi or commercial driver licence, see what to do if you have a question about your taxi licence.
A Taxi Licence in Sydney The Taxi Board of NSW regulates the licensing requirements for drivers, taxi licence owners, taxi operators as well the licensing and inspections process.
There is a taxi driving test, and drivers must pass a 10-question examination to obtain their taxi licence in New South Wales.
The test includes questions about driving style, driving speed, lane manoeuvring, road conditions and road markings.
Taxi drivers can also obtain a commercial driver license, for which they must pass an additional 30-question test.
To be eligible for a commercial licence, a person must: have a commercial license, or