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Point to Point Transport (Taxis and Hire Vehicles) Regulation 2017
Current version for 13 December 2019 to date (accessed 6 April 2020 at 16:20)
Part 6 Division 1
Division 1 Driver obligations for passenger services generally
58   Definition
In this Division, passenger vehicle means a taxi or a hire vehicle.
59   Driver not to smoke in vehicle
(1)  The driver of a taxi must not smoke in the vehicle, whether or not the taxi is being used to provide a taxi service.
Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.
(2)  The driver of a hire vehicle must not smoke in the vehicle while the vehicle is being used to provide a passenger service.
Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.
(3)  In this clause, smoke has the same meaning as it has in the Smoke-free Environment Act 2000.
60   Offensive behaviour by drivers
(1)  A driver of a passenger vehicle must not, while the vehicle is being used to provide a passenger service or is being used in connection with a passenger service—
(a)  behave in an offensive manner in the vehicle or the vicinity of the vehicle, or
(b)  intentionally interfere, or intentionally attempt to interfere, with the comfort or safety of other persons.
Maximum penalty—20 penalty units.
(2)  It is a defence to a prosecution for an offence under this clause if the defendant satisfies the court that the defendant had a reasonable excuse for the alleged behaviour.
61   Driver not to interfere with equipment of, or damage, vehicle
(1)  The driver of a passenger vehicle must not—
(a)  without reasonable excuse, interfere with any equipment attached to, or forming part of, the vehicle, or
(b)  intentionally damage any part of the vehicle.
Maximum penalty—20 penalty units.
(2)  Subclause (1)(a) does not apply to equipment referred to in clause 74.
62   Driver not to drive non-compliant vehicle
The driver of a passenger vehicle must not drive a passenger vehicle for the purposes of a passenger service if the driver knows, or ought reasonably to know, that the vehicle, or any equipment installed in or on the vehicle, contravenes a requirement of this Regulation.
Maximum penalty—20 penalty units.
63   Additional passengers
The driver of a passenger vehicle that is being used to provide a passenger service must not permit any person to ride in the vehicle without the consent of the hirer.
Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.
64   Assistance animals
(1)  The driver of a passenger vehicle must not refuse to carry an assistance animal or an assistance animal in training in or on the vehicle.
Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.
(2)  In this clause—
assistance animal means an assistance animal referred to in section 9(2) of the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 of the Commonwealth.
65   Wheelchair accessible vehicles
(1)  The driver of a wheelchair accessible taxi or wheelchair accessible hire vehicle that is available for hire must accept a hiring for a person using a wheelchair in preference to a hiring for a person not using a wheelchair.
Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.
(2)  The driver of a wheelchair accessible taxi or wheelchair accessible hire vehicle who is conveying a person using a wheelchair must ensure that the wheelchair is safely secured to the vehicle throughout the hiring.
Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.
66   No touting or soliciting for passengers
(1)  The driver of a passenger vehicle or any other person must not tout or solicit for passengers for, or for a hiring of, a vehicle.
Maximum penalty—
(a)  in the case of an offence committed in the Sydney Airport precinct—50 penalty units, or
(b)  in any other case—5 penalty units.
(2)  This clause does not apply to an inquiry of persons as to whether they are waiting for the specific booked service provided by the passenger vehicle.
67   Driver to be hired only at specific zones—Sydney Airport precinct and other airports
(1)  The driver of a passenger vehicle must not, while in the Sydney Airport precinct or at any other airport, stop the vehicle for the purpose of setting down or picking up passengers except in a designated area for that kind of vehicle.
Maximum penalty—50 penalty units.
(2)  In this clause—
designated area for a passenger vehicle means an area in the Sydney Airport precinct or at another airport that is designated by signs erected with the approval of the Sydney Airport Corporation Limited or the manager of the airport as an area for the setting down and picking up of passengers of that kind of vehicle.
68   Driver to remain with vehicle—Sydney Airport precinct and other airports
(1)  The driver of a passenger vehicle in the Sydney Airport precinct or at another airport must not leave the vehicle unattended.
Maximum penalty—15 penalty units.
(2)  This clause does not apply to the driver of a vehicle while the vehicle is in a holding bay for vehicles of that kind in the Sydney Airport precinct.
69   Directions to driver by authorised officer—Sydney Airport precinct and other airports
(1)  An authorised officer may, for the purpose of ensuring that passenger services are provided in the Sydney Airport precinct or at any other airport in a manner that is safe, reliable and efficient, direct the driver of a passenger vehicle in the Sydney Airport precinct or at that other airport, by means of a sign or by any other reasonable method—
(a)  to stop the vehicle, or
(b)  to move the vehicle in a particular direction or to a particular location in the Sydney Airport precinct or at that other airport.
(2)  The driver of a passenger vehicle must not, without reasonable excuse, fail to comply with a direction given to the driver under this clause.
Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.
70   Driver to supply information on hirings
(1)  An authorised officer may require the driver of a passenger vehicle to answer questions relating to the following—
(a)  whether the driver’s vehicle is hired,
(b)  the particulars of the hiring, including any booking particulars and the booking service provider,
(c)  if the driver indicates that the vehicle is hired, the details of that hiring.
(2)  The driver of a passenger vehicle must not, without reasonable excuse, fail to comply with a requirement made of the driver under this clause.
Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.
71   Driver to provide driver licence for inspection
(1)  If an authorised officer requests a driver of a passenger vehicle to produce the driver’s driver licence, the driver must—
(a)  hand the driver’s driver licence to the authorised officer for inspection, or
(b)  display the driver’s digital driver licence.
Note.
 Section 61C of the Road Transport Act 2013 sets out the requirements for the display of a digital driver licence.
Maximum penalty—10 penalty units.
(2)  In this clause—
driver includes a person who—
(a)  is occupying the driver seat of a vehicle that is on a road or road related area, or
(b)  is otherwise apparently in charge of such a vehicle.