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LPR short fare system

On 1 February 2014, Sydney Airport implemented a licence plate recognition (LPR) short fare system.

The new system allows drivers to exit the taxi ranks without having to notify the kerbside officer of their taxi number and enables kerbside staff to focus on improving taxi flow.

How it works 

The LPR system requires the driver to approach the cameras at a speed below 5km/h.

The driver must maintain a three-metre gap between their vehicle and the vehicle in front when approaching the cameras.

Reflective licence plates have a higher capture rate than non-reflective licence plates.

If drivers do not have reflective licence plates there is a risk that they will not be able to take advantage of the short fare system.

Dirty or damaged licence plates may not be read by the cameras.

Any taxi not captured within the LPR system will not be permitted access to the taxi ranks as a short fare.


Why are users charged to access the airport?

Sydney Airport provides infrastructure and services to support thousands of taxi drivers that operate on-airport.

Access fees are reinvested in new capacity and improvements for drivers and passengers, as well as day-to-day kerbside and traffic management.

Deloitte Access Economics found that businesses operating on the airport generate $9.3 billion a year and employ 49,930 full-time equivalent staff – supported by the infrastructure and services provided by the airport.

Why can Sydney Airport charge transport operators?

More information on taxi operator accreditation can be found on the Transport for NSW website.