“In this time, it is the regulator’s responsibility to see the financial devastation experienced in the taxi and hire car industry and respond with compassion, fairness and transparency. Gifting the MPTP to Uber is nothing short of kicking the industry while it’s already on its knees.”
Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria is responsible for outlining the rules and perimeters that dictate this industry, one would thought that as the regulator, they would have statutory responsibilities to ensure the taxi and hire car industry has a plan to move forward.
The VTHF represents hundreds of ex-taxi and hire car licence owners who, as a result of the unlawful operation of Rideshare prior to the industry reforms of 2017, sustained significant damages to their income, as well as to the value of their private property, their taxi and hire car licences.
I asked the Minister for Public Transport if was the taxi regulators role to dictate when Victoria Police are able access evidence for their inquiries following two instances in Wodonga where police have been refused footage following alleged incidents.
Touting and unaccredited drivers in the commercial passenger vehicle industry are ticking time bombs that must be stopped says Transport Matters Party leader Rod Barton.
The former Taxi Services Commission will be swallowed by the State Government’s mega Department of Transport when it comes into operation at the beginning of July.
Penalties for touting are back on table following a huge increase in complaints about drivers approaching people at Melbourne Airport, major events and on Melbourne’s city streets. Industry stakeholders will be consulted on options for managing touting, including reintroducing touting offences after Transport Matters Party leader Rod Barton campaigned the government to fix the problem.