Drivers of passenger service vehicles have a number of legal and other responsibilities in providing a safe and effective passenger service.
Drivers have a number of responsibilities and obligations.
To drive a passenger service vehicle, you must hold a current and valid licence for the class of vehicle you are driving. You must also have a current and valid P (passenger) endorsement.
Remember to renew your licence and/or endorsement on time (allowing enough time for us to process your renewal before your current licence and/or endorsement expire).
As a professional driver, you should always:
This also applies away from work.
A number of penalties apply to drivers found to be breaking the traffic rules, including vehicle impoundment, which will affect your ability to work.
By law, drivers have a maximum numbers of hours they can work.
Drivers are responsible for coming to work ‘fit for duty’. Factors that can affect your well-being and fitness for work include:
Medical and health conditions can also affect the ability to think quickly and clearly.
If you're driving a small passenger service vehicle, such as a shuttle or a taxi, you must meet a number of detailed requirements relating to:
To drive a taxi, you will need to have the ability to communicate to passengers and others in English.
In some locations, taxi drivers are required to complete an area knowledge test and hold the appropriate certificate.
Before you drive any vehicle, you should do a simple pre-use ‘walk-around’ check.
This will help ensure that the vehicle is safe to operate. It will also enable you to identify the need for, and schedule, repairs and maintenance – reducing the need to deal with unexpected breakdowns. That could also mean long-term savings for your business.
Best practice fleet management includes a system for drivers to report any vehicle faults they find, and a process for advising drivers on what happens about the reported faults. Make sure you have a vehicle fault reporting and resolution system in your business.
Fatigue can be dangerous for drivers, especially people who drive as part of their job. As a driver, you should know how to prevent and manage fatigue.
A number of in-vehicle security camera systems have been approved for the purpose of the Land Transport Rule: Operator Licensing 2007.