The commercial passenger vehicle sector is now eligible for payments from the Victorian governments $460 million business support package.
Since the onset of this lockdown, Rod Barton has been advocating for the taxi and hire car industry to be eligible for support payments.
The financial distress being experienced throughout the industry because of COVID19 restrictions cannot be understated and with JobKeeper no longer in place from the Commonwealth Government, support is even more critical.
Barton wrote a letter to the Treasurer early this week urging the government to support the taxi and hire car industry through this lockdown. Since then, he has worked closely with the Treasurer and his team to get this support off the ground.
The taxi and hire car industry can now apply for business grants of $5000 as part of the Business Costs Assistance Program.
This is a massive win for the industry and will be critical in supporting the financial viability of taxi operators and hire car drivers, who provide an essential service to the community.
Applications are scheduled to open on Thursday 3 June 2021 and will be open until 11.59 pm on Thursday, 24 June 2021. Businesses will only need to fill one application.
Quotes attributable to Member for Eastern Metropolitan and the Leader of the Transport Matters Party Rod Barton MP:“I absolutely understand how devasting COVID-19 has been for those in the taxi and hire car industry. That is why I have been pushing so hard for the industry to be recognised in this business support package.”
“This is huge. The government is recognising the financial struggle being experienced by the industry and has decided to do something about it.”
“It is critical that the taxi and hire car industry is represented in the parliamentary process. That is why I came to this place. I will continue to fight for fairness and a pathway forward for the industry.”
Media contact: Norm Dunn, Chief of Staff Rod Barton MP, 0438 175 113