Latest News


Media Releases

Single safety test needed for taxi and rideshare vehicles

Aug 15, 2019 | Media Releases

Transport Matters Party leader Rod Barton has asked the Minister for Public Transport to implement a single annual safety inspection standard for commercial passenger vehicles.

The industry regulator, Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria, accepts both the Redbook Inspection preferred by rideshare drivers and the official VicRoads accredited road worthy certificate by a licensed vehicle tester, but Mr Barton says these tests were not the same.

“Allowing commercial passenger vehicles to operate with an inferior safety check makes a mockery of VicRoad’s Roadworthy standards,” says Mr Barton.

In June Mr Barton raised the matter with Minister Horne, who assured him then that there were not two standards.

“The industry does not agree, and nor do I, so we ran our own test by taking a vehicle to be tested by both RedBook and a licensed vehicle inspector.

“The vehicle obtained a fail from Redbook inspectors because the front number plate was not visible because of the position of a middle driving light. We were invited to return within 14 days with the problem rectified and collect  a certificate.”

Mr Barton says the same vehicle was sent to a VicRoads licenced vehicle tester in Mt Waverley.

“The vehicle failed the roadworthy inspection because of faulty front brakes. It needed new brake pads and the mechanic also removed and replace the disc rotors, replaced the wiper blades and fixed the driving light obstructing the front number plate.”

Redbook offered a visual inspection only, which didn’t involve putting the car on a hoist and having a look, removing any wheels to check brake pads, or even taking the vehicle for a road test.

“There is no way the Redbook test could have detected the faulty brakes,” says Mr Barton.

“These RedBook inspections make a mockery of VicRoads Roadworthy standards and have the potential to put the travelling public at risk.”


Share this:

Related News

The Transport Matters Party has unfinished business

The Transport Matters Party has unfinished business

In 2018, only 7 months out from the Victorian state election, Rod Barton and a team of transport workers who had been unfairly treated by the Government created the political party, Transport Matters. The Andrews Government had taken away their taxi licences in a...

Deliveroo’s exit may only be the beginning

Deliveroo’s exit may only be the beginning

Deliveroo announced yesterday that it has been placed into voluntary administration and will be withdrawing its operations from Australia, leaving riders in the lurch. Rod Barton MP has long been advocating for greater regulation in the gig economy and believes...

Barton supports duplication of the Lilydale Rail Line

Barton supports duplication of the Lilydale Rail Line

The community across the Yarra Valley desperately require a duplication of the line between Mooroolbark Train Station and Lilydale. Currently, services and performance are falling below community expectations. In the morning peak, passengers wait up to 34 minutes...