Australia’s driverless vehicle industry says it’s emerging from the COVID-19 crisis with growing business confidence to create more jobs and invest more money.
An economic uplift survey conducted by the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) has found that 84% of businesses surveyed within the industry expected to hire more workers, or keep the same levels of employment post COVID-19. This was despite 87% of industry respondents saying they had been adversely affected by COVID-19 during 2020.
But all businesses said they had fully or somewhat recovered from COVID-19’s impact. In fact, 50% intend to invest more money in the driverless vehicle industry over the next 12 months.
The NSW Taxi Council (NSW TC) together with the Country Taxi Operators Association (CTOA) are calling on the NSW Government to make further adjustments to a number of recommendations to the NSW Government Independent Review led by Sue Baker-Finch. The CEO of the NSW Taxi Council, Martin Rogers, said “We don’t accept that all of the recommendations of the Independent Review by Sue Baker- Finch should be adopted.”
This week Fair Work Australia announced a 2.5% pay rise for the most underpaid workers in this country which will equate to an additional 49 cents an hour. This is on top of a 1.75% increase last year.
The amendment Barton is bringing to the house this coming Tuesday is about changing the way the Essential Services Commission (ESC) determines maximum fare rates for taxis.
This amendment would ensure that the ESC considers an accredited driver's capacity to earn a living wage as well as the commercial viability of operating a taxi service.
Living wage means remuneration that is sufficient for a reasonable standard of living having regard to the cost of essential goods and services.