Taxi and passenger transport

Drivers and operators

Taxi driver

If you are interested in becoming a taxi driver contact an Accredited Taxi Booking Service or the Taxi Council of South Australia to assist you with driver training and to provide information about your application. Training and other requirements for becoming an accredited taxi driver may vary depending whether you are interested in becoming a driver in metropolitan Adelaide or in a country area or getting accredited for driving an Access Taxi.

For more information on becoming a Taxi Driver see the Driver accreditation page

Chauffeur and special purpose driver or operator

Chauffeur and special purpose vehicles are an integral part of the passenger transport system, providing a personalised service to passengers wishing to book a car and a driver for a special event. Chauffeured vehicles may also be used for corporate bookings and private hire.

The Chauffeured Vehicle Association of South Australia represents the South Australian small passenger vehicle industry. If you would like to operate a chauffeur or special purpose service the Accreditation and Licensing Centre (ALC) can help with advice. You need to understand the requirements for accreditation before purchasing vehicles.

When submitting your Operator Accreditation application (262.4 KB PDF) you must submit a Plan of Operation (323.7 KB PDF) to help define the type of service you wish to provide. Based on that information, the ALC will be able to determine what category you would be accredited for and if you or others associated with your service need to apply for driver accreditation and a booking service accreditation.

Rideshare driver

Rideshare was introduced in South Australia on 1 July 2016, allowing private vehicles to be used to provide a transport service, offered to passengers through an accredited booking service, generally through a smartphone application.

Any person who has a full South Australian driver’s licence, relevant police clearances and meets the minimum fitness requirements can apply to become a Rideshare driver.

If you are interested in applying as a Rideshare driver and you are the registered owner of the vehicle you will be using, you need both driver and operator accreditation and you will be responsible for your vehicle inspections, insurances and accreditation.

If you’re not the registered owner of the vehicle, for example if you have arranged with a family member to use their car. The registered owner of the vehicle is the person legally responsible for its use as a passenger transport vehicle and is required to have operator accreditation, and must arrange vehicle insurances to cover the rideshare driver.

Large passenger vehicle drivers

A large passenger vehicle is any vehicle that has 13 seats or more. This may include chauffeured limousines with a seating capacity of 13 seats or more and all sizes of buses, including private tour buses or government contracted bus services providing a passenger service to the metropolitan area.

To apply for a driver accreditation for a large passenger vehicle, you will need to have held the appropriate driver’s licence class for that vehicle for a minimum of 6 months.

Booking services

There are two types of booking service accreditation you can apply for:

DPTI must provide accreditation for you to operate a booking service.

If you need more information and assistance applying for booking service accreditation please contact the Accreditation and Licensing Centre.


Passenger transport application forms

Driver accreditation

Operator accreditation

Booking services

MR1583 Approval as a Transport / Centralised Booking Service for Rideshare / chauffeured vehicles (80.9 KB PDF)

Other forms


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Page last updated 20 July 2017

Provided by:
Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure
URL:
http://www.sa.gov.au/topics/driving-and-transport/transport-industry-services/taxi-and-passenger-transport/driver-and-operator-accreditation
Last Updated:
20/07/17
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