Victorian government have announced a $22.7million COVID-19 assistance package for the CPV industry – one of the largest support packages in the country for the taxi and hire car industry and it will be implemented in August 2020.
Doubling the wheelchair lifting fee from $20.80 to $41.60 per lift for accessible vehicles
Increasing the MPTP fund from 50 percent to 70 percent
Subsidising taxi drivers$250 per month for each active operational taxi vehicle
Nelson Bay Taxi driver Meri Robinson went above and beyond the call of duty recently and the result of her actions is a life saved.
Meri who works for Nelson Bay Taxis in NSW was scheduled to pick up a regular elderly client at 8.15am in the morning. The client had booked the pickup the night before to get to her medical appointment.
When Meri turned up at the residence to pick up the passenger, things did not look quite right. Meri Robinson would usually arrive at the residence of her passenger and normally the front door would be open with the walker ready to go at the bottom of the stairs.
The overhaul of the taxi and on-demand transport industry in Western Australia has entered its third and final stage.
The transition to passenger transport driver (PTD) authorisations completes the reform package that has been implemented over the last two years under the Transport (Road Passenger Services) Act 2018.
The reform has seen on-demand booking services, vehicles and now Passenger Transport Drivers require authorisation and to accept new safety obligations and responsibilities.
WA Transport Minister Rita Saffioti says, "The historic on-demand transport reforms we have implemented have delivered a safer and more accountable industry for passengers, drivers and other road users."
From 8 July, you’ll need a border entry permit to travel from Victoria to NSW, except if you're entering NSW: • as an emergency or law enforcement services worker • for medical or hospital services • to avoid injury or escape a risk of harm • to attend court or to meet other legal obligations.
Permits are in place to help contain the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and jobs of NSW residents.
This closure is operating on a permit system for EVERYONE. Regardless of the person’s status – essential services, freight operator, travelling home, caring for relatives, seeking health assistance, travelling to work, students, etc.,
Canada's top court found that Uber's costly arbitration process to settle disputes is "unconscionable and therefore invalid." The Supreme Court of Canada cleared the way for a CAN$400 million (AUS$425 million) class action lawsuit to force Uber to recognise drivers as employees, while ruling its arbitration scheme void. "Respect for arbitration is based on its being a cost-effective and efficient method of resolving disputes," Chief Justice Richard Wagner wrote in the decision."
"When arbitration is realistically unattainable, it amounts to no dispute resolution mechanism at all."
The case involved David Heller, a delivery driver for UberEats who sought in 2017 to launch a class-action to force Uber to recognise its drivers as employees rather than independent contractors.
It has been pleasing to note that the NSW Taxi industry has seen some improvement in the demand for Taxis, since the easing of certain restrictions, recently announced by the NSW Government in June. These include;
Increase in the number of people allowed to socially gather
Re-opening of Restaurants, Cafes, Clubs and Pubs with social distancing guidelines
A slight increase in people returning to work in the Sydney CBD
The Queen’s Birthday long weekend, which took place 6th to 8th June 2020, saw some increase in Taxi patronage right across NSW. We were delighted to hear of towns in Regional NSW reach capacity with accommodation and venues booked out at a number of locations.
Victorian Government has announced that impacted employing businesses will be supported during the latest 6 week stay-at-home orders through access to a one-off, $5,000 grant under the Business Support Fund - Expansion. Eligibility – the applicant must:
a) Operate a business in metropolitan Melbourne or Mitchell Shire; and b) Be a recipient of JobKeeper; and c) Employ people and be registered with WorkSafe on 30 June 2020; and d) Have an annual payroll of less than $3 million in 2019-20; and e) Be registered for GST on 30 June 2020; and f) Hold an ABN at 30 June 2020; and
Project: COVID-19 drive-through testing facility Works: Utilising T4 car park Level 2 for dedicated COVID-19 testing
Working Hours: The testing facility will be operational between 0900 – 1700hrs, seven (7) days per week. The location will be unavailable for all other uses for the duration of the testing facility’s installation on site.
Date: From Saturday 4 July 2020 at 1pm
As part of the Victorian Government Emergency COVID-19 Response, the Department of Health and Human Services will be operating a temporary drive-through COVID-19 testing facility on Level 2 of the T4 terminal car park.
Every Australian State and Territory has rules regarding the calibre of people allowed to work regularly with children. ACT and Tasmania even extend this rule to include those who work with adults who are disadvantaged, and the applicant must pass a Working With Vulnerable Persons (WWVP) check. In the other States the applicant must undergo and attain a Working With Children Check.
The government requirement for drivers of taxis, hire cars, limousines and ride-share vehicles (industry drivers) in Australia varies from State to State. ACT, South Australia and Tasmania require all industry drivers to have a WWVP or WWCC. Yet in all other States and NT the industry drivers are only required to have a current WWCC or WWVP if they are providing a service that is specifically for children.