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Question Without Notice No. 703 asked in the Legislative Council on 26 June 2019 by Hon Robin Scott

Minister responding: Hon R. Saffioti
Parliament: 40 Session: 1

Answered on 26 June 2019

TRANSPORT — COMMERCIAL TOUR BUS LICENCES

703. Hon ROBIN SCOTT to the minister representing the Minister for Transport:

(1) When and why were registration plates on commercial tour buses changed from TC prefixes to CVL prefixes?

(2) What was the cost of this change to operators and to the government?

(3) Why will registration plates on commercial tour buses be changed on 1 July 2019 from CVL prefixes to PVL prefixes?

(4) What will the cost of this change be to operators and to the government?

Hon STEPHEN DAWSON replied:

I thank the honourable member for some notice of the question.

(1) The omnibus categories were changed in July 2016 to administratively reduce the number of omnibus categories and simplify licensing requirements.

(2) The cost of this change to operators was $43 for the issue of a pair of omnibus numberplates. However, these were issued free of charge to operators for the first year between July 2016 and June 2017. The cost to the government was $3 199, which was the cost of the one-off production of the plates.

(3) From July 2019, all taxi plates, taxi-car licences, regular passenger transport and charter vehicle licences will be replaced by a single passenger transport vehicle authorisation. PTVs that do not do rank or hail work will have the option of having standard numberplates affixed or continue to have plates that identify the vehicle as an on-demand charter vehicle.

(4) Operators who wish to use CVL plates will pay $29. This is a saving of $15 on current CVL plate fees. Costs to the government are recovered through fees and charges.