This inquiry was brought forward by Rod to ensure that there are sufficient protections in place for our most vulnerable citizens.
With the recent announcement of the Multi-Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) being extended to ride share, this inquiry is more important than ever.
For years, the MPTP has been carried out successfully by the taxi industry. It is Rods belief that the decision to allow ride share, as they currently operate, to service work through the MPTP puts the rights, welfare and security of our most vulnerable citizens in question.
Taxis are required to have fixed, tamper-proof cameras and fixed in-vehicle GPS tracking devices that are designed to protect passengers and drivers. Ride share has no such requirements.
If the MPTP program is to be extended, there must be a thorough investigation of up-to-date safety standards that can protect vulnerable passengers.
This inquiry will investigate what minimum safety requirements should be in place for vehicles operating within the MPTP scheme as well as examine the possibility of mandating max fare rates across all MPTP work. There also needs to be an explanation as to how rorting and exploitation of vulnerable users will be prevented.
Ultimately, this inquiry is about safety and protecting our most vulnerable from abuse and exploitation.
Rod encourages you to share your views and experiences by creating a submission.
You can make a submission here: https://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/eic-lc/article/4649
Submissions close on Friday, 30th of July 2021.