Vehicle maintenance standards and guides

Taxi vehicle standards

Passenger numbers

Taxis can carry up to 15 passengers if the vehicle is suitably equipped and approved.

A multi-purpose taxi (MPT) is licensed to carry at least four passengers in addition to at least one passenger in a wheelchair.

A substitute taxi is a vehicle that can be on standby for an existing taxi that is unavailable due to service or repair.

The holder of the taxi licence must ensure that any injury to a passenger or taxi driver is covered by a policy of insurance.

Taxi meters

You must have a tested and certified meter fitted to the taxi.

Operators must have their taxi meters tested by an approved officer at least once every 12 months, or if the taxi has been altered or the meter has been transferred to another vehicle.

It is against the law to interfere with a taxi meter.

For more information read the Northern Territory taxi in-service maintenance standards (645.7 kb).

Communication devices

Any communications device used by drivers to receive notification of jobs must first be approved by the transport department.

Communication devices, company logos or advertisements and dome lights must be fitted as described in the Northern Territory taxi in-service maintenance standards (645.7 kb).

Roof signs

A taxi must be fitted with a roof sign that meets all of the following:

  • can be illuminated in the standard white colour
  • has the word 'TAXI' displayed on the front
  • has two tariff indicator lights indicating the rate being charged on the taxi meter.

The taxi driver must not operate a taxi for hire unless the word 'TAXI' on the roof sign is illuminated. The word 'TAXI' must not be illuminated when the taxi contains a passenger.

For more information read the Northern Territory taxi in-service maintenance standards (645.7 kb).

Security cameras

Taxis and minibuses must have an approved security camera system fitted that is tested and certified by an authorised person.

Taxis and minibuses must not operate for hire or reward if the security camera is not functioning.

Each system fitted to a vehicle must comply with the: 

Northern Territory taxi and minibus operational requirements in relation to onboard systems (238.1 kb)

Northern Territory taxi and minibus operational requirements in relation to onboard systems (61.6 kb).

Once the security camera system has been approved by the department, operators must have the system fitted to their vehicles by an approved installer. 

Operators must keep the system in good working order and have it tested and certified by an authorised person at least once every 12 months.

Security camera systems must not be transferred to other vehicles without full re-certification by an authorised person.

An operator may email a fault notification report security camera system (65.3 kb) when the security system has been assessed as not working.

You can email the form to rtcpv@nt.gov.au or fax it to (08) 8924 7585.

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Last updated: 19 April 2016