Vehicle registrations suspended for illegal ride sharing

27 September 2015

Roads and Maritime Services has issued 40 suspension notices to registered owners of vehicles involved in ride sharing services which breach passenger transport laws. Roads and Maritime Director of Safety and Compliance Peter Wells said the services were illegal and the NSW Government was taking action against those who used or allowed the use of their vehicle for ride sharing. “The vehicle suspensions will take effect from midnight 30 September and will be in place for three months,” Mr Wells said.

“The suspension notices have been issued to registered owners of vehicles found to be operating a privately registered vehicle for business purposes. “If a suspended vehicle is found on the road after 1 October, the vehicle is deemed unregistered and uninsured, with penalties of $637 for each offence, increasing to around $2200 if heard in court. “Taxi and hire car services in NSW must be provided by an operator accredited by Roads and Maritime, in a licensed and insured vehicle which is driven by an authorised driver.

“Thousands of dollars in fines have already been issued to drivers offering illegal ride-sharing activities and compliance actions will continue.

“If drivers continue to offer illegal ride sharing services – they will continue to risk registration suspensions and fines.” The NSW Government has established an independent taskforce led by Professor Gary Sturgess and Dr Tom Parry to examine the future sustainability of taxis, hire cars and other emerging point to point transport providers in NSW, including ridesharing apps. The taskforce is expected to report back to the NSW Government in October.

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