Today Rod asked the Minister, how many fines have been issued by the regulator to enforce this law in the last 12 months, and does the minister have confidence in the regulator’s plan to stop all the illegal activity?
Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (12:45): My constituency question is for the Minister for Public Transport, Ben Carroll. Last year this Parliament passed an amendment on touting in the Transport Legislation Amendment Bill 2019, which made touting illegal in Victoria.
This was not only a win for the taxi and hire car industry, but it was a reassurance to the public that they would be protected from these touts. Yet with the recommencing of flights into Melbourne touters are once again stealing work from those who are obeying the law. Mere days ago it was reported to me by a concerned constituent that a group of 10 touters stood together at the airport waving unsuspecting individuals into their cars and stealing rides from registered drivers who follow the rules.
Touting is illegal and must be treated with seriousness by the regulator. The information I seek is: how many fines have been issued by the regulator to enforce this law in the last 12 months, and does the minister have confidence in the regulator’s plan to stop all the illegal activity?
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