On 19 June 2014, the ACCC granted interim authorisation enabling Victorian taxi operators participating in the 19 regional and country co-operative networks to enter into contracts, arrangements or understandings within the same co-operative network in relation to the maximum fares charged for booked and contracted work.

As of 30 June 2014, Victorian authorities no longer prescribe fares in regional and country taxi zones.  These reforms allow operators or to set their own fares, subject to them informing Victoria’s Taxi Services Commission and passengers of their maximum fares. 

In seeking authorisation, the Victorian Taxi Association argued that if individual cooperative networks cannot agree on maximum fares, the networks would not function efficiently when the taxi reforms are introduced.