On 2nd of March 2021, Rod Barton MP requested documents from CPVV under the Freedom of Information (FOI) act, pertaining to the MPTP trial.
Barton believes a trial with only 4 people being labelled as successful is simply ridiculous, and argues that in the same period the trial occurred, Geelong Taxis made thousands of MPTP trips, which illustrates just how small the trial was in comparison.
The MPTP supports the needs of people with severe and permanent disabilities, who are among the most vulnerable in our community, by providing them subsidised trips to get them from A to B in their day to day.
The program has more than 220,000 members across Victoria and more than 5 million trips were taken by Victorian members in 2018-2019.
It is not mandatory for Uber to have cameras in their vehicles – which is a frightening concept when you think of our most vulnerable citizens riding in their vehicles. How can we protect them? And most importantly, how can their safety rights be protected?
Barton asked CPVV for the documents related to the trial to ascertain the reasoning behind the decision to give Uber the opportunity to provide MPTP service. Out of the total 464 pages Barton received in his FOI request, 268 were entirely redacted – almost 60%.
This makes us question the reliability of CPVV and makes us wonder what it’s got to hide. Barton has further pushed for the redacted pages to be released. Let’s see if CPVV obliges!
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