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With the largest fleet of taxis in Western Australia, Swan Taxis has established itself as a Western Australian leader in the taxi industry.

The majority of taxis in Perth operate on the Swan Taxi Network (incorporating Yellow Cabs, Tri-color Taxis, Coastal Cabs, Silver Service Cabs and Easy Access MPT taxis). This is a firm indication of the success of WA's own taxi service, and just another reason to complete your training through Swan Taxis Training Services.

Swan Taxis Training Services is conveniently located in Victoria Park at 7 Harvey Street site and utilises the very latest equipment. Fully qualified facilitators conduct all sessions. Our staff are always available to assist you as you attend the training.

If you require any further information regarding becoming a driver for Swan Taxis, please contact Swan Taxis Training Services during business hours (Monday to Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm) on 94222288.

This is what you need to do to become a Professional Taxi Operator.

STAGE ONE: Apply for a "T" Class Licence

This application can be lodged at any Metropolitan Police Licensing Centre.

The following criteria need to be met:

  1. You must be at least 20 years of age.
  2. You must have held a recognised drivers licence for at least 3 years.
  3. Is not a provisional driver.
  4. Provide a National Police Certificate not older then 3 months.
  5. You must provide 2 character references at the time of your application.
  6. Be mentally and physically fit to drive a motor vehicle for the purposes of carrying passengers for reward.

After you have obtained your "T" class driving license, you must obtain a unique student identifier (USI). Register online at www.usi.gov.au.

Information is available at the Training Reception Desk at Swan Taxis.

STAGE TWO: The Professional Taxi Operators Course (5 Days) Start/Finish 8.30am - 3.30pm (7 hrs)

This 5 day course is held at Swan Taxis Training Services in Victoria Park.

The course covers all areas required by the candidate to carry out the duties of a Professional Taxi Operator. These include:

How to drive defensively, including: planning your drive, efficient driving observations, driving to allow for the error of others, effective emergency breaking and skid prevention.

The geography of Perth and its outlying areas, including: the location of Perth suburbs, the shortest most effective travel routes, hotels and tourist attractions, sporting venues, hospitals and Police Stations.

Professional Taxi Operators, including: excellent customer service, effective communication skills, handling difficult customers, the "On board" dispatch computer, the taxi meter, the EFTPOS machine, the security camera and emergency procedures, dealing with customers with disabilities and all other areas of taxi operations.

During the training course candidates will be required to carry out a number of assessments. Assessments may be written, verbal or practical. Competence must be achieved in all assessments.

Assessments are competency based and carried out using "Adult Learning and Assessment" methods.

On successful completion of the Training Program, participants will receive a statement of attainment for the following units of competency.

  1. TLIF2072 Comply with safety and security procedures
  2. TLIL2060 Complete induction to the transport industry
  3. TLIP2037 Carry out financial transactions and maintain records
  4. TLIC2009 Drive taxicab
  5. TLIB2090 Use Communication systems in a taxicab
  6. TLII2019 Provide taxicab customer service
  7. TLIH3004 Identify major roads, services and attractions

Candidates will be given high levels of support throughout their training.

Please bring your T Class Licence.

COST: $687.00
(Full cost including the course materials and a map book)

For more information about the course please see the PTOC Information Sheet.

Part-time Course available.

We run a 5 weeks part time night course. Each session is from 5:00pm sharp to 8:30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. This course tends to fill fast so be quick to come in and enrol. The full course payment is required upon enrolment.

COST: $795.00
(Full cost including the course materials and a map book)

Trading Name: Swan Taxis PTY LTD / TA Swan Taxis Training Services (Code 2521)

STAGE THREE: Finding a Taxi To Drive

The majority of taxis in Perth operate on the Swan Taxi Network (incorporating Coastal Cabs and Yellow Cabs). This is a firm indication of the success of WA's own taxi service.

With all your training completed, you will be able to find a taxi to drive. This can be done in one of the following ways:

  • by approaching a taxi owner
  • by approaching a Taxi Management Company
  • by using our job placement board at Swan Taxis Training Services

Please note that changes to the above information may be made before this web site is updated. To confirm the course outline and all prices please call the number below.

For more information and your questions answered, please phone Swan Taxis Training Services. Phone (08) 94222288.

To begin searching for a taxi to drive, have a look at our driver and owner classifieds section.