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QUESTION: RedBook testing for commercial passenger vehicles

Jun 6, 2019 | Parliament

Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (12:16): My question today is for Minister Pulford representing the Minister for Public Transport in her capacity of providing oversight for commercial passenger vehicles in Victoria. Currently there are two quite different vehicle safety standards which are accepted for commercial passenger vehicles. A roadworthy certificate issued by a licensed vehicle tester is a thorough examination of a vehicle and costs somewhere between $160 and $200. However, Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria will accept a RedBook inspection, and I am told RedBook is not a licensed vehicle tester here in Victoria.

RedBook offers prepurchase vehicle inspection services that are traditionally used by the second-hand car buyer to determine whether or not they are buying a lemon. RedBook offers an inspection to rideshare operators for $52.80. I ask the minister: what is the reasoning behind having two differing standards?

Ms PULFORD (Western Victoria—Minister for Roads, Minister for Road Safety and the TAC, Minister for Fishing and Boating) (12:17): I thank Mr Barton for his question and his interest in safety and standards for commercial passenger vehicle travellers. I will seek a written response from Minister Horne, but what I can indicate is that there are not two different safety standards. Victoria’s commercial passenger vehicle inspection approval policy is designed to ensure—and we believe it does—consistent safety standards are adhered to by all of the approved vehicle inspectors so that there are consistent standards and a consistent experience for the travelling public. All commercial passenger vehicles are required to undergo an annual inspection to ensure they are roadworthy and provide a safe and comfortable experience for passengers as well. But I will forward your question to Minister Horne, and she will provide you with a more detailed response.

Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (12:18): Thank you, Minister. Commercial passenger vehicles in Victoria can travel up to 100 000 kilometres a year on our roads. These are commercial vehicles providing services in our public transport network. They must be safe. The lemon test is not sufficient. I ask the minister: will she set a safety standard for all proper roadworthy certificates issued by licensed vehicle testers for commercial passenger vehicles operating in Victoria?

Ms PULFORD (Western Victoria—Minister for Roads, Minister for Road Safety and the TAC, Minister for Fishing and Boating) (12:18): I will seek a written response from Minister Horne.

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