Melbourne's "little" streets will have their speed limits lowered from 40km to 20km per hour, in a move to make them more pedestrian friendly.
Melbourne City Council has announced the speed limits will be lowered in Flinders Lane, Little Collins Street, Little Bourke Street and Little Lonsdale Street in the coming weeks, to allow pedestrians to safely socially distance as more people return to the CBD.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp said, "Many of our footpaths are less than two metres wide, so there’s not enough space for people to pass each other safely while maintaining physical distance. The changes will ease footpath congestion as people safely return to the city."
The Queensland Government is going to review the proposed powers of Queensland’s first Personalised Transport Ombudsman (PTO).
The appointment of Queensland’s first PTO was expected in March 2020, however the impacts of COVID-19 has delayed the process until 2021.
The rationale behind this is to hopefully allow sufficient time for the industry to focus on recovery. Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey said, “By May 2020, over 1000 taxis and limousine licence holders had de-registered their vehicles to reduce costs during the COVID-19 emergency."
Victoria's Department of Transport has announced the details of this subsidy which will provide grants to support regional BSPs in ensuring vulnerable regional Victorians, including the elderly or those with a disability, retain access to CPV services.
This funding will provide grants to support SMALL BSPs that primarily service regional areas.
Grants on offer will be between $3,000 to $12,000.
Payments will be scaled according to the size of the BSP and the circumstances in the regional area.
Victoria's Department of Transport has announced the details of this subsidy. All BSPs that have at least one WAV in their fleet will receive this subsidy. In turn the BSPs must share this subsidy with all owners and drivers who are associated with them for the months of August, September and October. This is to be done through reduced depot/association fees.
BSPs will receive a $250 subsidy for the number of active vehicles that they had active during June 2020. This money will be paid for 3 months, representing August, September and October.
BSPs will be required to divide the total subsidy received equally amongst all active and connected drivers and vehicle owners who paid (or are due to pay) depot or association fees in August, September and October.
The NSW Government has developed a clean-up kit for Point to Point drivers to carry in their vehicles. The new "clean up kits" are now available for Taxis and other Point to Point transport service providers to help keep drivers and passengers safe from germs.
Each "clean up kit" will have gloves, saline eye wash, antiseptic swabs, soap and a first aid hand towel stored in re-sealable plastic bag to make it easy for drivers to use. These "clean up kits" could be used in the event of a passenger spreading droplets, such as coughing or sneezing, so the drivers can clean themselves or their vehicle surfaces to potentially reduce the spread of infection. All Taxis and Point to Point vehicles in NSW will be eligible for one COVID-19 "clean up kit", free of charge.