Departmental Circular 4 2019
Local governments are encouraged to review and amend their parking
local law as a result of the changes being made by the TRPS Act.
TRPS Act was developed by the Department of Transport (DoT), in
response to national and international trends in the on-demand passenger
transport sector. In particular to address the emergence of new
participants in the industry, new approaches to service delivery (which
is often connected with technological changes) and shifting consumer
While some of the elements of the TRPS Act have
already commenced, the next tranche of reforms will come into operation
on 2 July 2019.
TRPS Act replaces the definitions of an 'omnibus' and 'taxi' in existing
legislation (the Transport Co-ordination Act 1966 and the Taxi Act
1994) with a number of new definitions. The new definition under section
4(1) provides for a 'passenger transport service' which includes a
number a transport options:
Local laws that refer to definitions under the
Transport Co-ordination Act 1966 or Taxi Act 1994 will need to be
amended to reflect the definition changes made by the TRPS Act.
in local laws which refer to the Road Traffic Code 2000 (Code) are not
likely to require amendment due to consequential amendments that will be
made to the Code on 2 July 2019.
It has also been noted that
several parking local laws refer to 'TC' (omnibus) number plates. This
class of vehicle registration was removed in July 2016 and local laws
should be amended accordingly.
The Department of Local
Government Sport and Cultural Industries has considered whether it would
be appropriate to use section 3.17 of the Local Government Act 1995 to
make global amendments. Due to the number of variations relating to
different types of passenger vehicles, an amendment made in that way may
inadvertently affect the underlying policy objectives set by individual
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