Draft Bailment Agreements
Operators of Taxis and Minibuses
In 2017, the Northern Territory Public Accounts Committee in response to complaints conducted an inquiry into the taxi industry.
As a result of the inquiry, and to achieve positive benefits for industry and the community, Government has committed to clearly identifying the subleasing of licences as unlawful.
As part of this commitment, the Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics has developed minimum requirements for bailment agreements for use by operators of taxis and minibuses. Operators can elect to implement their own bailment agreements, however must demonstrate it meets or exceeds the minimum requirements.
The first round of consultation on the draft bailment agreement ended on 18 August 2018, from the feedback received an updated draft bailment agreement has been developed.
It was also identified during the consultation that there is a need for guidelines for managing the operation of taxis between Operators and Agents to ensure operational responsibility of the commercial passenger vehicle (CPV) remains with the Operator.
The Department is currently developing minimum requirements/guidelines Operators must meet when employing a third party (the Agent) to assist with managing their CPV business.
The Department will mandate these requirements and prohibit subleasing through conditions of licence.
For more information in relation to draft bailment agreements please see the below documents:
Feedback is always appreciated and may be directed to the Department by:
Department of Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics
GPO Box 2520
DARWIN NT 0801
Last updated: 28 January 2020