VICTORIAN LAW FINALLY CATCHING UP WITH THE REST OF AUSTRALIA
In Victoria, it is now law to give bicycle riders sufficient space on the road so they can ride safely. This law has already been successfully implemented in every other Australian state and territory.
Whatever the reason for riding, whether it be for recreation, sport, health, fitness or mere transport, riders share the road equally with drivers and motorcyclists, and deserve to be respected and safe just like everyone else.
Get To Know: Paul Nicolau, Director, Business Leaders Council, Australia Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Paul has over 25 years’ experience in senior management roles, marketing, business development, networking, stakeholder engagement, fundraising and event management. He is a passionate, hardworking, and committed professional that wants businesses and organisations he is involved with to succeed.
Paul is determined to help many charitable causes raise money to assist those in need and increase the awareness of these respective entities in our community.
Paul is currently working with the Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry which represents over 300,000 businesses that employ over 4 million Australians.
Your one and only Australian industry magazine has had a name change!
DRIVE NOW - Voice of the Australian Commercial Passenger Transport Industry.
For 51 years (from May 1966 - April 2017) our magazine was known as Taxi Talk - Voice of the Victorian Taxi Industry.
Back in May 2017 we rebranded the magazine to be DRIVE A2B in light of the fact that the passenger transport industry is no longer only about taxis. We found that we were reporting on news for taxis, hire cars, limousine services and rideshare entities. However, late 2017, Cabcharge Australia also had a name change — becoming A2B Australia.
The week of 12 April 2021 saw me travelling through western Victoria, and catching up with the taxi industry in several towns including Bendigo, Hamilton and Portland. Hearing about the taxi industry in regional Victoria is one thing, but seeing it in person is another – and the journey was emotional but enlightening and necessary.
In Bendigo, I visited Bendigo Taxis to witness its dispatch operations and meet the directors, and find out how the taxi industry was surviving in Bendigo.
Uber is spending US$250 million to persuade drivers to get back on the road so it can pay them less again.
USA & CANADA — Uber has announced it plans to spend an additional US$250 million on “boosted incentives and guarantees” to persuade drivers to get back on the road amid a shortage during the COVID-19 pandemic. “In 2020, many drivers stopped driving because they couldn’t count on getting enough trips to make it worth their time. In 2021, there are more riders requesting trips than there are drivers available to give them — making it a great time to be a driver,” Dennis Cinelli, the head of Uber’s US and Canada ride-hailing business, said in a blog post.
The Victorian Government has identified commercial passenger vehicles as high-risk environments for the spread of COVID-19. The government's free QR Code service has a version specific for commercial passenger vehicles, and can be downloaded from – https://busreg.covid19.dhhs.vic. gov.au/vehicles/s/login/SelfRegister or scan the QR code shown to the left.
Owners of commercial passenger vehicles (CPVs) must now provide a digital record-keeping system, such as a QR code, which records: • passenger’s first name • phone number • date and time the passenger used the service • registration number of the vehicle. In addition, owners are required by Department of Health to keep records of payroll and trip data.
Get To Know: Greg Killeen, Senior Policy & Advocacy Officer, Policy & Advocacy, Spinal Cords Injuries Australia
Greg has been the NSW Taxi Council Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT) Subcommittee Consumer Representative for about 4 years. Greg also joined the recently formed NSW Taxi Council’s Disability Reference Group representing Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA).
Greg’s role aims to keep the NSW Taxi Service the best it can be to meet the needs of customers with a disability as well as those of the taxi drivers.
Greg acquired a spinal cord injury resulting in quadriplegia and needs to use a power wheelchair. He also has a personal and professional interest to ensure all transport services are accessible, especially the Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT) Service which Greg has been reliant on since they started 40 years ago – back in 1981.
COVID-19 has impacted all spheres of society, severely affecting all industries globally and the transportation industry is no exception. Strict lockdowns, restricted travel has led the taxi, hire car and rideshare industry to suffer significant loss in business. With the increased concern around health and safety, drivers across the rideshare, healthcare and taxi industry were hesitant to drive patients and passengers, resulting in reduced capacity and impacting the services. Similarly, passengers also needed to feel safe while travelling in Uber, Ola or any other cab services.
Last month in Italy, Uber Eats and similar food delivery platforms were informed that their couriers were by law employees and not independent workers. They were subsequently fined a 733 million euros for violation of labour safety guidelines. In the past, Uber has endeavoured to strategically eschew the application of existing employment law by relegating their drivers as “gig workers”. They claimed that their drivers were self-employed, private contractors – not workers.