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
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.,
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
The first Sanitisation Station Program for Regional/Country NSW was opened on Tuesday 19 May 2020 in Dubbo. The Sanitisation Station has been set up at Dubbo Buslines and will service all Point to Point vehicles in Dubbo and surrounding areas.
The President of the Country Taxis Operator Association, Mr Geoff Ferris said, “This was a great opportunity for the Dubbo Region to offer this service, to re-assure the local community that ongoing cleaning practices were in place in order to protect passengers and drivers from COVID-19”.
Transport Alliance Australia representatives were at this week’s CPVV COVID-19 update meeting. The message they are hearing from the regulator is that:
CPVV is right on top of the fraud that is occurring within the MPTP system, and some people are even saying that the MPTP system has changed – no it hasn’t altered one little bit, and if you’re doing the wrong thing, it will catch you.
MPTP trips are still way down compared to last year – 62% down.
It was unable to provide any statistics on regular Booked and Unbooked Trips.
There has been an influx in manufacturing and supplying of safety screens. CPVV is not regulating these; it have no jurisdiction over them. But you, drivers and owners, have a responsibility and duty of care to ensure that the screen is both safe to drivers and passengers and that it can be easily and fully cleaned.