The NSW Government will reinstate warning signs at mobile speed camera locations from January 1, 2023. As before the Covid-19 pandemic, any mobile speed camera will be required to have a warning sign placed before and after the vehicle as well as roof-mounted signage. The decision is in response to communities and motorists about the optics of hidden mobile speed cameras that have been present in NSW since 2010, though have recently been a subject of contention.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, warning signs both ahead of the speed camera locations and on the car’s roofs were removed and some entirely unmarked MG ZS small SUVs were spotted on the roads. The threshold for low-level speeding fines also dropped during that time.
The Chairman, CEO and Deputy CEO of the NSW Taxi Council, together with the Vice President of TOSBA (Taxi Owners Small Business Association of NSW) recently had a meeting with the NSW Premier and Treasurer to highlight the NSW Taxi industry’s concerns regarding fair and proper compensation for all Taxi Licence owners in NSW.
Both the Premier and Treasurer were receptive to the concerns of the NSW Taxi Industry. During the meeting, a presentation was given by NSW Taxi Council CEO, Martin Rogers, on the significant impacts that the regulatory changes have had on the value of Taxi Licences since the reforms, and the need for fair and proper compensation for all Taxi Licence owners in NSW, with no cap.
All Australian commercial passenger transport vehicle drivers (including taxi, hire car, and rideshare vehicle drivers) have a legal obligation to accept passengers travelling with an assistance animal.
An assistance animal is a dog or other animal specifically trained to assist a person with a disability. All over Australia, the rule is the same.
These assistance animals are not pets - they are trained animals and are required to meet a high standard of hygiene and behaviour.
The Parliament of Australia Joint Select Committee on Road Safety has tabled the final report for its inquiry into Road Safety. The report examines factors contributing to fatal and serious injuries on Australian roads and considers opportunities to improve road safety outcomes through measures which:
support the design, construction, and maintenance of high-quality road infrastructure that minimises the likelihood and severity of road crashes;
encourage the uptake of modern vehicles fitted with proven safety features;
effectively manage speeds to safe levels and deter unsafe behaviours;
The NSW Taxi Council has requested all the Taxi Licence Owners in NSW to reach out to their Local Member of Parliament in NSW to sign the NSW Taxi Industry Pledge in support of fair and proper compensation for all Taxi Licence Owners in NSW.
Taxi Licence Owners in NSW have lost the value of their NSW Taxi Licences since the NSW Government changed the rules governing the Taxi Industry in 2016. Transport for NSW is preparing a Bill on further reforms in the Point to Point Transport Industry to be introduced into the NSW Parliament in early 2022. The Bill proposes to cancel all existing Taxi Licences with inadequate compensation, issue unlimited annual licences for a small fee, abolish operating areas, and deregulate fares.
The NSW Government is committed to helping private businesses, not-for-profits, and local councils bridge the cost to transition their fleets to electric passenger, light commercial or sports utility vehicles. NSW Government will invest $105 million via a competitive reverse tender auction process to assist this transition. NSW Government has launched the Drive electric NSW EV fleets incentive, helping private businesses, not-for-profits, and local councils across the state accelerate their transition to EVs at a lesser cost while lowering state transport emissions.
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 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.
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.
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.