High-powered electric scooters are set to appear on the streets of Melbourne and Ballarat as part of a 12-month state government trial. The e-scooters for hire will be allowed on bicycle lanes, shared paths and low-speed roads (up to 50kph). They will not be permitted on footpaths. They can travel up to 20kph, which is twice the legal speed capabilities of privately owned e-scooters in Victoria.
Currently, in Victoria, electric scooters can legally travel on low-speed roads, shared off-road paths and footpaths only if they have a maximum speed of 10kph and a power output of less than 200 watts.
In Ballarat, the only regional city chosen for the trial, Mayor Daniel Moloney said the council was keen to demonstrate the city was a place “not afraid to try something a bit different”.
For the past 5 years, I have been assisting business owners with vehicle, equipment and business finance across a diverse range of industries at varying levels of development – from established companies to new start up sole traders with potential.
My role involves but is not limited to acting as a key advocate for my clients to the banks, ensuring they are represented in their best but most accurate light to achieve the most effective outcome.
Having grown up in Mudgee, NSW, I have a great appreciation and understanding for agriculture/farming and mining which are key to the region.
The New South Wales (NSW) Point to Point Transport Commissioner has relinquished a report exploring the multiple facets in which Uber is not safe. The Commissioner accentuated their main concerns surrounding Uber’s lack of safety to include; driver fatigue, incident management, driver training, and notifiable occurrences. These factors, among others, help us to outline how Uber is providing a perilous mode of passenger transport, which raises our eyebrows.
Specifically, let us look at notifiable occurrences. This phrase refers to how quickly, or not, Uber notified the Commissioner of paramount incidences, such as: death, rape, sexual assault, serious illness or injuries. We found it exceptionally alarming when we learnt that the Commissioner’s audit service fined Uber over $200,000 for not reporting notifiable occurrences in a practical, timely manner.
A recently published report by Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) examines trends in fares for taxi and rideshare services to identify potential areas for misuse of market power. What is clear from this report is that the CPVV is determined to see what it wants to see, ignoring all signs that the industry is on its knees. I am outraged at the regulator’s ignorance of the struggle drivers face, fighting for a smaller piece of the pie every day. There are clear discrepancies throughout the report. The report notes that there have been 60 million booked fares in the 2019/20 year and claims the data set used for the report represents approximately 80% of all booked trips. Elsewhere, the report claims to have ‘analysed the fare data from more than 37 million booked trips’. This raises some obvious questions.
The NSW Taxi Council has entered into a new relationship with Finlease to launch “Taxi Finance” to support NSW Taxi Networks, Operators and Drivers.
This new initiative utilises the NSW Taxi Council’s role as the recognised peak organisation for the NSW Taxi industry and the reputation of Finlease for providing a comprehensive range of financial solutions and specific tailored finance for business owners.
Finlease is a specialist business finance broking firm, with its Head Office in North Sydney NSW, which commenced in the 1980s and has now grown to a team of 70 located in all states across Australia. They arrange finance for business owners throughout Australia. This includes a single motor vehicle or piece of equipment through to major machinery and property, debt restructuring, working capital and debtor discounting facilities.
The old Holden Astra may have blossomed into a neat package with plug-in hybrid technology. Opel has lifted the sheet off its new Astra with plug-in hybrid power, and it’s a tech-packed offering in the popular small car segment. What a shame Holden isn’t around to secure this one although new Opel/Vauxhall parent company Stellantis may just do that in the future.
I strongly believe the report recently released by the Victorian Auditor-General’s Office (VAGO), that examines Victoria’s integrated transport planning, shows the Department of Transport (DoT) in a new light.
The audit report found that the documents provided by the DoT that were meant to proffer a view of its transport plan, fail to meet legislative requirements. In fact, it found a transport plan ABSENT. This lack of transparency is not good enough. Most of the documents referred to by the DoT are not publicly available nor accessible to other agencies or stakeholders.
Commercial Passenger Vehicles (CPVs) remain an essential service and can continue to operate in Victoria during this time, including during curfew hours.
Authorised Worker Permit
CPV drivers providing services in metropolitan Melbourne must carry an Authorised Worker Permit when working and when travelling to and from work. If you are a sole trader, you can issue a work permit and sign the permit as both the employer and employee.
Get To Know: Bruce Maguire, Lead Policy Advisor, Vision Australia
My name is Bruce Maguire, and I am the Lead Policy Advisor with Vision Australia. In that role I develop the organisation’s public positions on issues that affect the blind and low vision community, and I also write submissions to government and industry inquiries. As I am blind, I use Taxis quite a bit, and I think that taxi drivers can play a really important part in helping to make us feel more independent and included in the community. I have two adult children and became a grandfather last year.
1. If you could be anywhere other than here, right this minute, where would you be? — A: Drinking coffee on a hotel balcony overlooking the Jamison Valley in the Blue Mountains.