Last month the Victorian Regulator’s CEO, Aaron de Rozario, finished his time with Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) and moved into a position with the National Transport Commission.
Six years ago Mr de Rozario took over the helm from the acting CEO James Holyman, and at that time said that he “was looking forward to meeting Victorian stakeholders and working with the industry to ensure a sustainable future”.
But, how did that work out? It was surprisingly not so good for Victorian stakeholders!
A further $4800 Grant for Eligible CPV Entities impacted by COVID-19 Lockdowns = $9800
It saddens me deeply to write again regarding the devastation our industry is experiencing because of this pandemic.
These past two lockdowns in Victoria have differed from previous restrictions and that is because this time, the commercial passenger vehicle sector has been financially supported.
We are very pleased that after initial discussions with Treasurer Tim Pallas, Minister Ben Carroll and Parliamentary Secretary to the Premier MP Steve Dimopoulos, we could ensure the Victorian taxi and hire car industry was eligible for the Business Support Package. We desperately needed it.
In the past five months there have been two separate incidents involving a passenger in a wheelchair sustaining fatal injuries during a trip in a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV).
Wheelchairs must be appropriately restrained when passengers are seated in them. Failure to do so may result in the wheelchair moving or falling whilst in transit, unseating the passenger which can result in serious or fatal injuries.
Contributing factors to WAV related incidents could include:
• Failing to ensure that the passenger’s wheelchair is of a type that is suitable to be appropriately restrained within the WAV. • Failing to have the wheelchair positioned with the occupant facing the front of the vehicle and the wheelchair located between the front and rear restraint attachment points on the floor of the vehicle.
AN EXTRA LAYER OF PROTECTION EVERY TIME, EVERY TRIP WITH LONDON TAXIS IN SYDNEY
The NSW Government is being urged to provide an additional layer of defence against the risk of COVID-19 at Sydney Airport with London Taxis, tailor made to provide enhanced protection to drivers and passengers.
The NSW Taxi Council had proposed to the NSW Government last year to utilise these purpose-built Taxis for transporting vulnerable and high-risk passengers. Unfortunately, the NSW Government did not progress with the proposal to use London Taxis at the time.
Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) has a team of dedicated transport inspectors focused on the personalised and passenger transport industry. These inspectors intercept and inspect personalised transport vehicles during the week and on weekends in peak periods.
The most common instances of non-compliance identified are:
Defect notices for non-compliant tyres Defect notices for lights not working
Defect notices for oil leaks
Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) for not displaying ride-booking signage
PIN for parking in the incorrect zone (bus, taxi) or on a solid yellow line
NORTHERN IRELAND – In Coleraine, County Londonderry, Royal Cabs owner William McDonald said his firm had lost a third of its drivers over the last 14 months.
“We have nine people working for us at the moment. The other men found other work and have left the company,” he said.
“The last few years there has been a shortage of taxi drivers and the pandemic hasn’t made it easier.”
“Now places are starting to open we certainly need more drivers and more cars on the road. The night work is picking up a little but the drivers aren’t there.” “The last few years there has been a shortage of taxi drivers and the pandemic hasn’t made it easier.”
I have been involved in the Taxi Industry for more than 35 years. I joined the NSW Taxi Industry while I was studying and wanted to earn extra income. I started as a Taxi driver and continued working in the industry in various roles like – fleet assistant, call centre operator, supervisor, customer service, and eventually General Manager and CEO. During this time, I have never asked anyone to do my job or take advantage of any position I’ve given.
1. Who is someone you admire and why? I have always admired our past and present Diggers; Anzac Day is the most special day of the year for me. I have had the privilege of assisting the Taxi Industry with the Anzac Day March for the past 18 years. I also admire Nick Abrahim (Deputy CEO, NSW Taxi Council) for his dedication and offering his time for this special day.
The Victorian Government expanded the Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) to include overseas entity Uber, after a so-called successful trial by Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) and Uber in Geelong. In this trial, taken place between 5th of March to 31st of May 2020, CPVV and Uber facilitated 174 rides and received a 5.0 satisfaction rating from passengers.
What we didn’t know until after the announcement of the trial’s ‘success’, is that the amount of local MPTP members (passengers) who participated in the trial was next to none. CPVV failed to mention that out of 500 members who were invited to participate – with 100 positions ready to be filled – only 4 agreed to take part in it. CPVV concluded that Uber would be fit to undertake MPTP work – but on what grounds? On the grounds of 4 participants?
You can now check the details of current taxi service licences and limousine licences using the personalised transport public register. The register also provides details of booked hire service licences and booking entity authorisations for the personalised transport industry in Queensland.
About the register The register provides information about current licences and about the vehicle stated in the licence. Suspended, cancelled, surrendered, or expired licences will not be displayed.
Australia’s driverless vehicle industry says it’s emerging from the COVID-19 crisis with growing business confidence to create more jobs and invest more money.
An economic uplift survey conducted by the Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) has found that 84% of businesses surveyed within the industry expected to hire more workers, or keep the same levels of employment post COVID-19. This was despite 87% of industry respondents saying they had been adversely affected by COVID-19 during 2020.
But all businesses said they had fully or somewhat recovered from COVID-19’s impact. In fact, 50% intend to invest more money in the driverless vehicle industry over the next 12 months.