NSW Government is issuing an additional 167 taxi licences by Christmas as part of taxi reforms that aim to ensure the size of the taxi fleet is able to meet passenger demand.
Here is an excerpt from the Transport Minister's Media release:
“29 of the 167 extra taxis have already been placed into service, with a further 98 taxi plates being reserved from the RTA and vehicle fit-out letters issued, meaning even more of the new taxis will be on Sydney’s streets within weeks.
“We expect all of these extra taxis to be on the road for Christmas, which aims to make it easier for Sydneysiders to get home during the festive season.
“Importantly, 90 of the 167 new licences were reserved for current taxi drivers seeking to become their own boss – so the plates will go to people who know the business well and who know the high level of service passengers expect,” said the Minister.
There are already 100 additional taxis operating on Sydney’s streets since the start of this year. There were also 58 wheelchair accessible taxis added to the network in 2009-10. New taxi plates are released each financial year, as part of the NSW Government’s taxi reforms that started in December 2009.