It is time that we address the transport disadvantage that exists in regional Victoria. Creating adaptable, cost-effective and reliable transport solutions is vital if we are to maintain regional Victoria as a great place to live and visit. The school bus could be this solution.
Mr Rod Barton MP the member for Eastern Metropolitan and the leader of the Transport Matters Party says that the Government did not consider the many options submitted by the non-government members, which range from month by month, three months and their own six-month plan.
The Andrews Government announced it would propose legislation changes in the Victorian Parliament, which will extend by 12 months the public health directions protecting Victorians from coronavirus. If successful, this would continue the current state of emergency, which has been in place for almost six months to a total of 18 months.
The Government asked me, a non-government member to be part of a CPV Advisory Panel to advise Minister on measures to assist the CPV industry through this difficult time. The Panel made a number of recommendations, costing $22 million and it has been accepted.
“This gives us an opportunity to look at the big picture of mobility across the state as we recover from Covid-19 and consider physical distancing, congestion, road safety and public transport integration as an interconnected system.”
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.
The Andrews Labor Government and Liberal Party members joined forces in parliament yesterday to once again block attempts by Transport Matters Party leader Rod Barton to make tolling fairer for families and public transport users.