Road Transport Act
Road Transport (Taxi) Regulations
Statutory Instrument 15 of 1982
- Commenced on 5 April 1982
- [This is the version of this document at 1 August 2016.]
Part I – Preliminary
1. CitationThese Regulations may be cited as the Road Transport (Taxi) Regulations.
2. InterpretationIn these Regulations, unless the context otherwise requires—“applicable fare” means the fare specified in regulation 18(1);“authorised officer” means an officer of the Ministry authorised under regulation 19;“Licences Regulations” means the Licences (Road Transport) Regulations;“member of the family”, in relation to regulation 7(1), includes the son, daughter or parent of the applicant for a taxi licence;“operate” means, in relation to a taxi, to ply for hire, stand for hire on a taxi rank, carry a passenger or wait for a passenger who has hired the taxi;“owner”—(a)in relation to a motor vehicle which is the subject of a credit sale, a conditional sale or a hire purchase contract, means the person in possession of the vehicle under that contract; and(b)includes, where the context so admits, the spouse of the owner if the spouse is named under Regulation 8(2) of the Licences Regulations or is a named driver;“RT Regulations” means the Road Transport Regulations;“relief driver” means a relief driver appointed by the owner under regulation 7;“second driver” means a person appointed under regulation 7(3A);[inserted by regulation 2(a) of SI 29 of 1997 w.e.f. 7 April 1997; amended by regulation 2(a) of SI 39 of 2000 w.e.f. 4 September 2000]“spouse”, in relation to an owner, means either his spouse living with him or a woman living en menage with him but not both;“taxi driver” means any person driving or operating a taxi;“taxi licence” means a taxi licence issued under the Licences Regulations;“taxi rank” means a taxi rank in terms of Regulation 12 and Schedule 1;“waiting time” means a period during which a taxi is hired but, on the instructions of the passenger, is not in motion;“1950 Act” means the Motor Vehicles Insurance (Third Party Risks) Act.
Part II – Taxi marking etc
3. Roof signs
4. Taxi noticesA motor vehicle registered as a taxi and in respect of which a taxi licence is in force must be fitted—
5. Taxi markings not to be used on other vehiclesNo motor vehicle shall be fitted with a roof sign under Regulation 3 or a notice under Regulation 4, or with any sign or notice which might give the impression that the vehicle is a taxi, unless it is registered as a taxi and a taxi licence is in force for it.
Part III – Operation of taxis
6. Operation of taxi
7. Named driver, relief driver and second driver[repealed and substituted by regulation 2(b)(viii) of SI 29 of 1997 w.e.f. 7 April 1997]
7A.It shall be the duty of every holder of a taxi licence, second driver and relief driver to attend and complete the taxi operators‘ course of training conducted by the Ministry of Environment and Transport, prior to the grant or renewal of a taxi licence or the issue of the identity badge, as the case may be.[regulation 7A inserted by regulation 2(c) of SI 39 of 2000 w.e.f. 4 September 2000]
8. Restriction on alcoholic drink
9. Restrictions on use of taxi
9A.A taxi driver who fails to display his vehicle registration number on the windscreen of the front passenger side of the vehicle, commits an offence and is liable to a fine under the Minor Offences (Fixed Penalties) Decree.[regulation 9A inserted by regulation 2(a) of SI 39 of 2013 w.e.f. 6 May 2013]
Part IV – Passengers
10. Duty to accept passengerSubject to regulation 12(2), a taxi driver—
11. Taxi ranks
12. Prior arrangements and bookings
14. ReceiptsA taxi driver must carry in his taxi a receipt book in a form approved by the licensing authority and on request must give a passenger a receipt for the fare paid.
15. Lost propertyA taxi driver shall comply with the requirements of regulation 78 (Lost property) of the RT Regulations.
16. Ban on other vehicles in taxi ranksNo vehicle shall stand, park or wait in a taxi rank unless it is registered as a taxi and the owner holds a taxi licence.
Part V – Fares and taximeters
18. Authorised officerThe Minister may authorise any person employed in his Ministry to act as an authorised officer under this Part and such authority may relate to a specific matter or to all matters under this Part.
20. Sealing and testing of taximeter
Part VI – Miscellaneous
21. False information in applicationA person who, in making an application under these Regulations to the licensing authority, wilfully makes a statement which he knows to be false, or recklessly makes a statement which is false in a material particular, is guilty of an offence punishable in terms of section 24(2) of the Act.
22. OffencesA person who contravenes regulation 3, 4, 5, 6, 7(8), 8, 9, 10, 11(3), (5) or (7), 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19 or 20 commits an offence punishable in terms of section 24(2) of the Act.
23. Offences in relation to identity badgesA person who—
History of this document
05 April 1982