Transport Alliance Australia (TAA) held a free Operators' Forum last month and its keynote speaker was Bill Faeth. Bill teaches entrepreneurs, business owners and high performance leaders how to build and scale profitable businesses without sacrificing family.
At the TAA Operator's Forum, Bill highlighted the fact that we need to keep in touch with our clients. He even suggested that we should call our top 20 clients this week and ask them how they are doing. How they are coping and offer to help them in any way possible. It is this phone call that will be remembered post COVID-19, and it just might be for your betterment.
"There are quite a number of Victorian taxi and ride share drivers who are feeling frightened/put in danger, by transporting passengers in the front seat of the vehicle and also those who are going to a COVID testing station.
I think that Victorian passengers should not be allowed to travel in the front seat of a taxi or rideshare - just like it is in many other Australian states.
Also if there are more than 2 passengers travelling in the taxi - then they should travel in a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) or High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV). This way social distancing can be maintained...
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.,
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.
The Uber Class Action would have been simpler and of more benefit to participants if contingency fee legislation introduced in Victoria's State Parliament this week had been in place three years ago according to Transport Matters Party leader Rod Barton.
Mr Barton voted in favour of the bill, which allows a legal firm to take a percentage of the amount received in a class action case to cover its fees and spreads the cost burden across all class members.
"The reality for individuals who pursue this type of justice has been a long, hard journey just to get to the starting line," he said.
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.