Victoria Police and Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) launched an urgent audit to check every name that was flagged. Of those names, one driver has had their licence cancelled while 11 have had their registration suspended.
Another person is facing disciplinary action and 42 others are still being investigated. All records were checked within four weeks and about 20 per cent were genuine matches with criminal records, although some included small offences such as speeding fines. Other motorists flagged were already known to authorities or were being investigated.
CPVV is responsible for the licences of taxis, rideshare vehicles, bus drivers, and for driving instructors.
Transport Matters MP, Rod Barton, said the sector had little confidence in the regulator.
“These results reinforce our view the minister should have frozen the expansion of the Multi-Purpose Taxi Program while we had these people out there. We didn’t know what the situation was until the review was completed,” he said.
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