fbpx

Meet Rod

Rod has been involved in the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry for over 30 years. Beginning as a Taxi driver in the bustling streets of Victoria to becoming the president of the Commercial Passenger Vehicles Association. It was then Rod found his passion in fighting for the rights of the Taxi industry, fighting for their safety and fair treatment.

In 2018, after the illegal entry of Uber, Rod and his friend and business partner, Andre, decided to take their fight to Parliament. In November 2018, Rod was successfully elected into the legislative Council of Victoria representing the Transport Matters party. He fought for 4 hard years for the rights of the transport sector as well as many other issues close to his heart. Although not successful in 2022, Rod still fights for the rights of vulnerable workers.

Latest News

Parliament

Media Releases

Latest News

Uber “Kill Switch” Claim

Uber “Kill Switch” Claim

No one knows what the outcome will be; this case has the potential to be one of the largest claims in Australia if successful.

Tax Cuts

Tax Cuts

The true crime in regard to tax reform is the multinationals who operate and make billions in sales in Australia and then move the profits offshore, they pay minimal tax in this country, if you make it here you should be taxed here!

Children the invisible victims of crime

Children the invisible victims of crime

In my time in Parliament, I don’t believe I wasted a moment highlighting those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged in our society. As a crossbench member we have limited opportunities to bring forward a parliamentary inquiry. I never wasted an opportunity to initiate...

Meters Never Prosper

Meters Never Prosper

After the failed reforms of 2017, it appears inaction of the Victorian Government indicates they are walking away from the taxi industry after creating this mess. The socially and financially irresponsible flooding of the taxi market, where now a vast number of...

Facebook Feed

2 days ago
Rod Barton

Safe Transport Victoria is looking for a Public Transport Advisor, interested?

“Public Relations Advisor Safe Transport Victoria • Melbourn...
'Safe journeys, every time'. This is what we strive for at Safe Transport Victoria (ST Vic).
As the safety regulator for commercial passenger vehicles, buses and maritime, what we do impacts the everyday lives of Victorians. Our role is to work with these industries and the communities they serve to ensure a transport system that inspires confidence for users.
We are focused on creating impact by being an intelligence-led regulator, agile to technological disruptions in the market and highly responsive to community expectations and needs.”
... See MoreSee Less

Safe Transport Victoria is looking for a Public Transport Advisor, interested? 

“Public Relations Advisor Safe Transport Victoria • Melbourn...
Safe journeys, every time. This is what we strive for at Safe Transport Victoria (ST Vic).
As the safety regulator for commercial passenger vehicles, buses and maritime, what we do impacts the everyday lives of Victorians. Our role is to work with these industries and the communities they serve to ensure a transport system that inspires confidence for users.
We are focused on creating impact by being an intelligence-led regulator, agile to technological disruptions in the market and highly responsive to community expectations and needs.”Image attachment

9 CommentsComment on Facebook

Unfortunately the industry hasn’t been able to unite and this is the consequence! There is no one advocating for drivers, the networks are advocating for themselves, government has not shown any interest to address the issues facing the industry. It’s a very sad state of affairs.

I’m applying

You can be the best advisor for them Rod. Go for it 👌👌

We should ALL apply

All drivers should apply and flood the applications emails 😂

I hope you’ve kept your CV up to date Rod 😆😉

Rod Barton. I drive WAT and always face difficulties when picking up 🚾 passengers from MCG after footy and other major events because security people always close the roads before the game finishes and never let any WAT vehicles to go inside and pick up the 🚾 passengers and don’t even listen to us. How can you help with that ? Try to explore CPVV officers the same thing but they say they can’t do anything about it so who can do something about it ?

It’s all just window dressing, all smoke & mirrors. Nothing will change.

Pity you weren’t so Conscientious when we were bled dry. You didn’t care then

View more comments

3 days ago
Rod Barton

This is the first in a series hosted by the International Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents, of which SHINE for Kids's CEO is a board member.

#inccip is an international group seeking to promote the well-being of children with an incarcerated parent.

This is a great chance for organisations and individuals to share ideas about best-supporting children.

Learn more: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/inccip-webinar-series-my-story-my-way-tickets-839907113787

#webinar #justice #childrenofprisoners #notmycrimestillmysentence📢 Not-to-miss! Chynna Clayton, Michelle Obama's former event operations director and founder of Matriarch Made Development, will talk about her experience of having a parent in custody and the stigma that impacted her well into adulthood in this online event.

This is the first in a series hosted by the International Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents, of which SHINE for Kids's CEO is a board member.

#INCCIP is an international group seeking to promote the well-being of children with an incarcerated parent.

This is a great chance for organisations and individuals to share ideas about best-supporting children.

Learn more: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/inccip-webinar-series-my-story-my-way-tickets-839907113787

#webinar #justice #childrenofprisoners #notmycrimestillmysentence
... See MoreSee Less

This is the first in a series hosted by the International Coalition for Children with Incarcerated Parents, of which SHINE for Kidss CEO is a board member.

#INCCIP is an international group seeking to promote the well-being of children with an incarcerated parent.

This is a great chance for organisations and individuals to share ideas about best-supporting children. 

Learn more: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/inccip-webinar-series-my-story-my-way-tickets-839907113787

 #webinar #justice #childrenofprisoners #notmycrimestillmysentence
5 days ago
Rod Barton

Complaint Hotline?
We all know that a small minority in the commercial passenger vehicle industry, taxis, and rideshare are causing issues that tarnish all of the industry. NSW requires that taxis are required to show this sticker, It’s little surprising that this initiative is only being targeted at taxis and not rideshare. You would have to be living under a rock to not know rideshare is having serious issues as well. Should all commercial passenger vehicles have to have this type of sticker in Victoria? Now, before you all say it’s a waste of time because of our regulator Safe Transport Vic - CPV & Bus and its track record, but let’s assume they take some responsibility. Should we?

Gabrielle Williams MP

#teamtaxi #safetransportSeen this sticker before? It's mandatory for taxis to display and makes it easier for passengers to report complaints.

More than 800 refunds have been issued since the hotline's launch 📞 If you think your taxi driver is doing the wrong thing, you know who to call 👇
... See MoreSee Less

Complaint Hotline?
We all know that a small minority in the commercial passenger vehicle industry, taxis, and rideshare are causing issues that tarnish all of the industry. NSW requires that taxis are required to show this sticker, It’s little surprising that this initiative is only being targeted at taxis and not rideshare. You would have to be living under a rock to not know rideshare is having serious issues as well. Should all commercial passenger vehicles have to have this type of sticker in Victoria? Now, before you all say it’s a waste of time because of our regulator Safe Transport Vic - CPV & Bus and its track record, but let’s assume they take some responsibility. Should we?

Gabrielle Williams MP 

#teamtaxi #safetransport

5 CommentsComment on Facebook

That is very good thing, vic government should do same thing.

Nothing wrong in having them in taxis however as you’ve said it must be for all CPVs 🤨

Too much work for Victoria

Only if it’s removable when not providing CPV vehicles much like the CPV signage are

Should be mandatory across the Industry - the services provided are the same, it’s a great pity that the rules aren’t…..

View more comments