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.
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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.
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”.