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.