Rods adjournment matter this week was to the Minister for Transport.
Rod asked will additional support be provided to the taxi, car hire industry to get them through these difficult times and into the new year?
See his question below:-
The matter I raise tonight is for the Minister for Transport.
Spring is often called the season of new beginnings. It is the season of weddings sporting events, conferences, festivals, and more.
More significantly, this season is usually the opportunity for the Taxi and Hire Car industry to make up some of the losses from the winter months. In Victoria, there has been no AFL finals, no grand final, no Melbourne Cup, no Spring Carnival, and no other events that surround these major events. This vital income is used to support families through to Christmas and through the dead month of January.
A dark cloud looms over this industries future.
If the Government is serious about getting this industry back up and running it must do more, than what has been done?
There must be more support for non-employing sole traders, drivers and operators. The great majority of Commercial Passenger Vehicle operators are sole traders who engage drivers but do not employ them. Thousands of sole traders and drivers have not turned a dollar since March and still have massive overheads to pay. Many have had made the heart-breaking decision to leave the industry, because financial circumstances beyond their control.
This is not just about supporting drivers and operators. It is about keeping a roof over their head, food on the table and enabling Victorians to move around. As the minister is aware, the Taxi and Commercial Passenger Vehicles are the only form of transport available for some vulnerable individuals such as those with mobility needs.
So I ask the Minister, will additional support be provided to the taxi, car hire industry to get them through these difficult times and into the new year?