The commercial passenger vehicle industry is in a mess and it’s time the Government did “the right thing” to make it safe and viable again and this week I took the opportunity of the debate on an fishing licence compensation bill and emergency service superannuation legislation to remind the Government that it’s never too late to do the right thing, and point out the damage it has done to the taxi and hire car industry and the importance of fairness across industries.
I spoke in support of our Emergency Service Workers and the benefits provided by the Superannuation Amendment Bill 2019, but reminded the Government that their taxi reforms in 2017 have stripped the taxi industry of its superannuation.
Transport Matters Party leader Rod Barton has called for an increase in the maximum regulated taxi fares of 10 percent immediately with annual CPI increases in the future.
“These Victorian public transport drivers are slugged with increasing costs on all sides and no way of improving their working conditions.”
I spoke in support this bill because it will ensure owner-drivers and forestry contractors will no longer be so vulnerable to exploitation or forced into unsafe practices by economic pressures down the supply chain.