NSW government is exploring innovative options available for the taxi industry to assist with contact tracing.
This comes on the back of nine untraceable passengers who travelled in a 13cabs Silver Service taxi on September 7-18, 2020 in NSW, with a driver who was COVID-19 positive. These passengers are yet to be identified, with health authorities finding it increasingly difficult to trace them, as they got into the taxi from a rank or hailed it and did not pay with a credit card.
In order to receive financial assistance from the COVID-19 CPV Industry Assistance Support Grants, Booking Service Providers (BSPs) are required to complete and submit paperwork to the Department of Transport (DoT).
Victorian medium and small BSPs must complete a Survey Application, and large BSPs (eg 13cabs, Silver Top Taxis and Uber) are required to complete a Funding Agreement. The grants are to cover financial hardship due to COVID-19 for the quarter July - October. --> SURVEY LINK <-- Yet, the DoT is dragging the chain in paying entities which have completed the required Funding Agreement. It has been over 10 weeks since the grants were announced, with only two weeks remaining before the period of assistance has expired.
The Queensland Government is going to review the proposed powers of Queensland’s first Personalised Transport Ombudsman (PTO).
The appointment of Queensland’s first PTO was expected in March 2020, however the impacts of COVID-19 has delayed the process until 2021.
The rationale behind this is to hopefully allow sufficient time for the industry to focus on recovery. Transport and Main Roads Minister, Mark Bailey said, “By May 2020, over 1000 taxis and limousine licence holders had de-registered their vehicles to reduce costs during the COVID-19 emergency."
Victoria's Department of Transport has announced the details of this subsidy which will provide grants to support regional BSPs in ensuring vulnerable regional Victorians, including the elderly or those with a disability, retain access to CPV services.
This funding will provide grants to support SMALL BSPs that primarily service regional areas.
Grants on offer will be between $3,000 to $12,000.
Payments will be scaled according to the size of the BSP and the circumstances in the regional area.
Victoria's Department of Transport has announced the details of this subsidy. All BSPs that have at least one WAV in their fleet will receive this subsidy. In turn the BSPs must share this subsidy with all owners and drivers who are associated with them for the months of August, September and October. This is to be done through reduced depot/association fees.
BSPs will receive a $250 subsidy for the number of active vehicles that they had active during June 2020. This money will be paid for 3 months, representing August, September and October.
BSPs will be required to divide the total subsidy received equally amongst all active and connected drivers and vehicle owners who paid (or are due to pay) depot or association fees in August, September and October.
The NSW Government has developed a clean-up kit for Point to Point drivers to carry in their vehicles. The new "clean up kits" are now available for Taxis and other Point to Point transport service providers to help keep drivers and passengers safe from germs.
Each "clean up kit" will have gloves, saline eye wash, antiseptic swabs, soap and a first aid hand towel stored in re-sealable plastic bag to make it easy for drivers to use. These "clean up kits" could be used in the event of a passenger spreading droplets, such as coughing or sneezing, so the drivers can clean themselves or their vehicle surfaces to potentially reduce the spread of infection. All Taxis and Point to Point vehicles in NSW will be eligible for one COVID-19 "clean up kit", free of charge.
In these uncertain times of a global pandemic, staying safe and looking after one’s health and wellbeing is more significant than ever before. London Taxis (associated with GM Cabs) is helping healthy people stay healthy by providing passengers a transport solution which enables them to move around in a controlled environment in a safe, sound and reliable manner. London Taxis operates a fleet of 50 Taxis in Sydney and overall 120 Taxis in Australia.
London Taxis has a COVID-19 defence solution in every individual Taxi. The passengers are completely separated from the driver with an air lock fibreglass dividing screen which effectively separates the driver’s compartment from the passenger cabin. Their air conditioning is also separate for each compartment.
Must I wear a face mask? A: All Victorian CPV Drivers and Passengers MUST wear a face mask from the moment you leave home.
Stage 4 Worker Permit A: All Melbourne metro CPV Drivers together with all others necessary to the functionality of the BSP (eg staff, management, repairs and maintenance workers) must have a Worker Permit to work during Stage 4 restrictions.
If you are an Employee - the Employer and Employee must sign the Permit.
If you are a Sole Trader, Owner/Driver, Subcontractor - you are both the Employer and Employee and you sign in both places.
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