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.
Uber has bought UK based Autocab, which is active in 20 countries, with the aim of expanding its own platform by linking users who open its app in places where it doesn’t offer trips.
Uber’s spokeswoman said it plans to support Autocab’s expansion of SaaS and iGo internationally — suggesting the tech giant hopes to be able to integrate the marketplace across its own global footprint in order to be able to offer users a less patchy service.
The move also looks intended to create more opportunities for Uber drivers to pick up jobs from outside its own platform, including delivery work.
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.
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.
"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