School buses have spare capacity and have been under-utilised for too long. Rod Barton believes it is about time we address transport disadvantage faced by regional Victorians. Using existing state-funded assets to improve the frequency and reliability of public transport, will create better educational and employment outcomes for youth and address the lack of mobility opportunities for senior citizens and low-income earners.
I come to this place from the taxi and hire car industry, which was thrown to the wolves not so long ago without any regard to the catastrophic financial and emotional consequences for the many individuals involved. I have not forgotten what it feels like to have your concerns ignored and have all your principles and values shattered which you were raised to believe in.
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.
In June, we asked the Minister for Roads and Road Safety, why ute drivers who register for toll accounts in New South Wales pay passenger rates on toll roads throughout the country, including Victoria, while ute drivers using toll accounts in Victoria pay the same rates as a commercial vehicle.
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.