The taxi and hire car industry had been knocked down before this pandemic even started. Rod Barton is concerned that COVID-19 will be the nail in the coffin for many of them struggling to survive.
The government’s lack of support for non-employing sole traders has let many fall through the cracks, crippling the taxi and hire car industry.
The future of the industry and livelihoods of these workers depend on a comprehensive and effective recovery plan to move forward. There is so much at stake.
Already it is a struggle for many to keep a roof over their heads and food on the table for their families. Rod Barton believes it is absolutely critical that there is a strategy to relaunch the taxi and hire car industry.
Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria is responsible for outlining the rules and parameters that dictate this industry. This responsibility extends to ensuring the industries survival and creating an action plan to move forward.
This is why Rod Barton asked the Minister for Transport, “what is the CPVV’s plan to relaunch the taxi and hire car industry as we come out of restrictions?”
If the regulator fulfils its role in the economic recovery of this industry, Rod Barton is optimistic that we can give hope to those in this industry who have been doing it tough.
Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan and the Leader of the Transport Matters Party Rod Barton MP:
‘I believe that the regulator has a statutory responsibility to ensure that the taxi and hire car industry has an economic recovery plan as we come out of this pandemic.’
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.Read More
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.Read More
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…Read More
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.Read More
“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.”Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
From the end of June taxi tolls of up to $17.70 per day will no longer apply, instead drivers will pay tolls based on the gantry points they pass under, just like any other CityLink customer, with full toll costs passed on to customers.Read More