In the early 1970s Melbourne taxi drivers were required to hold an ordinary driver’s licence for three years and pass a location test before obtaining a taxi driver’s certificate.
After six months drivers could purchase a taxi licence for about $17 000, allowing them to own and operate a taxi business.
I had my friends there in the taxi industry and I see that they’re doing well, I thought why not try it for myself? Tansa Eid
Relatives advised the brothers that while factory work paid $50 a week, they might make $400 a week driving taxis. In 1973 they all bought taxi licences.