A major fire closed the Bruce Highway access to Cairns International Airport, as crews battled to get the blaze under control.
The fire in a garage facility on Sheridan Street, close to the airport, was reported about 4.50am, with police closing the Bruce Highway turn-off as a result.
Police are now advising that both southbound lanes of Sheridan St are now open.
Northbound traffic on Sheridan Street remains reduced to one lane.Those wishing to get to the airport should use Lake Street to access Airport Ave, with police advising to in early to avoid traffic congestion.
Residents of the wealthy electorates targeted by “teal” independents are leading the transition to electric vehicles, fuelling calls for them to face a similar tax burden to those driving petrol-powered cars.
There were at least 200 Teslas on the road in the Victorian seats of Kooyong, Higgins, Melbourne and Macnamara as of January 31, according to a Herald Sun analysis of Australian Bureau of Statistics data. In NSW, there were 420 Teslas in Wentworth, 309 in North Sydney, and at least 200 in Bradfield, Sydney and Warringah.
A Bellarine Peninsula resident has labelled the region’s taxi services as “unreliable” and claimed he has been left waiting for a booked taxi for more than an hour.
Robert Drummond, who lives at Connewarre, has been unable to drive since he started experiencing balance issues late last year.
Mr Drummond regularly visits his long-term partner, Patricia, who lives in an Armstrong Creek aged care centre. He said he routinely experiences issues with ride share services and taxis, with drivers not wanting to travel to the Bellarine or failing to arrive on time despite being booked.
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 Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) has been providing subsidised travel for Victorians with a disability since 1983. The MPTP helps all Victorians to live a full life, by supporting access to vital medical care or helping to maintain social contact with family and friends. In 2017, the Victorian Government began to expand the MPTP. Initially only for traditional taxi travel, a wider variety of service providers, such as ridesharing services, can now participate in the Program. This has led to greater choices for MPTP members.
However, the expansion has also raised some concerns.
A consortium that includes Australia’s largest private parking company wants to turn the Gold Coast into the electric air taxi capital of Queensland within 10 years.
The Skyportz Consortium will partner with Sea World Helicopters and Secure Parking to make The Spit their base for their hi-tech eVTOL aircraft, which are capable of vertical take-off and landing, and will be able to carry up to six passengers each trip.
Skyportz CEO Clem Newton-Brown said the company had already secured more than 400 take-off and landing sites across Australia in the past four years, and the Gold Coast would be its key Queensland location.
THE taxi business is still a tough business despite some industry leaders saying the tide has turned in its favour.
City Beat spoke to Black & White Cabs chief executive Greg Webb who noted the industry was fighting back successfully from Covid-19 and the impact from Uber and other rideshare apps. Webb says owner drivers could earn up to $20,000 a month as the industry recovered. But one retired driver says good taxi drivers are lucky to make $10,000 amid a 90 per cent plummet in the value of taxi licences.