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<strong>DRIVE</strong><br />

Voice of the Victorian Point-to-Point Transport Industry<br />

JUNE <strong>2018</strong><br />

NO 13<br />

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WHAT’S INSIDE<br />

8 $1 .00 CPV levy<br />

The $1 Trip Levy commences on 1 July <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

10 Industry update<br />

Commercial Passenger Vehicle Association of Australia<br />

(CPVAA) has been busy with submissions regarding<br />

regulations and liaising with Melbourne Airport.<br />

12 Response to RIS<br />

Response to the Regulatory Impact Statement for the<br />

Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry 2017 legislation.<br />

Find us at ...<br />

Editor<br />

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www.drivea2b.com.au<br />

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22 Who will embrace AVs first?<br />

Will it be the seasoned drivers, the computer nerds or<br />

the millennials?<br />

27 Industry statistics<br />

Number of taxi and hire car vehicles on the road in<br />

Victoria, with comparisons to previous months.<br />

30 Infrastructure<br />

Updates from the Taxi Services Commission.<br />

36 Interstate News<br />

What’s happening in<br />

our other States.<br />

40 Overseas news<br />

Snippets regarding<br />

the point-to-point<br />

industry around the<br />

world.<br />

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<strong>DRIVE</strong> <strong>A2B</strong> magazine · <strong>June</strong> <strong>2018</strong> 5


EDITORIAL<br />

SAFETY IS<br />

PARAMOUNT<br />

The safety of our drivers and passengers should always be first and<br />

foremost at the top of the list.<br />

ON DEMAND<br />

TRANSPORT<br />

In the recent e-News from the<br />

Taxi Services Commission (TSC)<br />

they talk about large international<br />

companies that have entered<br />

Victoria’s market.<br />

“These new market entrants now<br />

include four out of the five biggest<br />

ridesharing companies in the<br />

world – Uber, Taxify, DiDi Mobility<br />

and Ola.”<br />

Just in case you are unaware:<br />

• Uber is operating in all<br />

Australian states and the<br />

ACT.<br />

• Taxify operates in Adelaide,<br />

Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth<br />

and Sydney.<br />

• DiDi Mobility, a subsidiary<br />

of Didi Chuxing (China),<br />

provides a range of app-based<br />

transportation services to more<br />

than 450 million users across<br />

400 cities in China and started<br />

in Geelong in May <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

• Ola is in operation in Perth<br />

and Sydney and is currently<br />

registering driver-partners<br />

in Melbourne, Brisbane,<br />

Gold Coast, Adelaide and<br />

Canberra.<br />

And together with the dozen or<br />

so smaller app based on-demand<br />

transport booking services, we<br />

certainly have quite a few modes<br />

of transport on offer for the<br />

travelling public.<br />

The TSC e-News goes on to<br />

state “This is a sign that the new<br />

legislation is doing what it was<br />

intended to do, including opening<br />

the market up to new entrants,<br />

creating more competition, and<br />

giving passengers more transport<br />

options”.<br />

Yes, that is most certainly true.<br />

But even though it has created<br />

more competition there is actually<br />

less money to be made per<br />

business. There are only so many<br />

people who wish to travel by a<br />

commercial passenger vehicle<br />

and therefore only so much<br />

money to be shared amongst all<br />

these players.<br />

How sustainable is this?<br />

Especially when the TSC tells<br />

us that it expects other large<br />

companies to follow and begin<br />

operating in Victoria in the very<br />

near future.<br />

Perhaps the government should<br />

place a limit on the amount of<br />

CPV licences it allows to be<br />

issued?<br />

Oh, that’s right. Legislation says<br />

we don’t have upper limits any<br />

more!<br />

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The government has announced<br />

that all vehicles registered as a<br />

Commercial Passenger Vehicle<br />

(CPV) must be annually inspected<br />

by either a Licensed Vehicle Tester<br />

(LVT) for roadworthy inspections<br />

or a CPV Inspectors. Both these<br />

inspectors must hold an LVT<br />

certification.<br />

Upon cross checking the CPV<br />

Inspection schedule with RWC<br />

Inspection schedule we have<br />

found that all the headings are<br />

the same and fully covered in the<br />

CPV Inspection schedule.<br />

The only thing we are unable to<br />

determine is the depth of the<br />

inspection, how fastidious the<br />

inspectors have to be to pass/<br />

fail taxis and hire cars when<br />

conducting a CPV Inspection.<br />

Hopefully they will be quite strict.<br />

There is certainly no substitute<br />

for safety when it comes to<br />

transporting people on the road.<br />

$1 TRIP LEVY<br />

The Essential Services<br />

Commission (ESC) has given<br />

permission for the taxi fare to be<br />

increased by $1.10 ($1 trip levy<br />

+ 10% GST) in July when the Trip<br />

Levy comes into action.<br />

This is the Trip Levy; $1 for the<br />

levy and 10 cents for GST. This<br />

is not a fare increase - just an<br />

addition onto the fare box. You<br />

the drivers and operators are<br />

effectively tax collectors for the<br />

state government.<br />

The facts and figures regarding<br />

the actual Victorian taxi fares, and<br />

hopefully an increase, is still being<br />

discussed by the ESC and a draft<br />

decision will be released in <strong>June</strong><br />

<strong>2018</strong>.<br />

TAC PREMIUMS<br />

Now for some very good news!<br />

The annual TAC component of<br />

the vehicle registration currently<br />

set at $2586 for all Melbourne<br />

metropolitan taxis and hire cars<br />

(excluding ride share drivers) is<br />

about to be reduced to $510.<br />

It’s great that the state<br />

government has recognised<br />

that the ride share/on-demand<br />

transport vehicles were receiving<br />

a bonus by only have to pay<br />

personal TAC insurance of $510<br />

while taxis and hire cars had to<br />

pay $2076 more for the right to<br />

be registered as a commercial<br />

passenger vehicle.<br />

These changes will be introduced<br />

on July 1. If the government is<br />

truly wanting to level the playing<br />

field they should also refund<br />

those taxi and hire car owners<br />

who have paid $2076 per year<br />

more than Uber drivers and<br />

others over the past six years. It<br />

doesn’t seem quite fair that the<br />

ride share/on demand transport<br />

vehicle owners get to pay less<br />

than other commercial passenger<br />

vehicles when they are effectively<br />

performing the same task.<br />

And yes, regional and country taxi<br />

owners TAC charges are going to<br />

be reduced from $1289 to $396.<br />

Mrs Toni Peters<br />

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$1<br />

CPV<br />

LEVY<br />

From 1 July <strong>2018</strong> a $1 trip levy<br />

applies to every taxi and hire<br />

car (which includes ride share/<br />

on demand transport vehicles) trip<br />

that originates in Victoria.<br />

The Essential Services<br />

Commission, which regulates how<br />

much the maximum fare is for<br />

taxis in Victoria, has approved an<br />

increase to the taxi fare schedule<br />

by $1.10. This increase is to<br />

cover the cost of the Commercial<br />

Passenger Vehicle levy - $1 for the<br />

levy and 10cents for GST.<br />

The levy is being introduced as<br />

the Victorian government’s way of<br />

funding the Transitional Assistance<br />

Package that was offered to a<br />

select number of people within the<br />

Victorian taxi and hire car industry,<br />

when the government zero-valued<br />

the taxi and hire car licence plates.<br />

In Victoria the following rules for<br />

who must pay the levy are:-<br />

PREBOOKED<br />

Booking Service Provider is<br />

liable for the levy.<br />

FROM A TAXI RANK<br />

OR STREET HAILED<br />

Owner/Driver must pay the levy<br />

Where the driver is employed by<br />

the vehicle’s owner - the Owner<br />

pays.<br />

In February <strong>2018</strong>, New South<br />

Wales also introduced a $1 service<br />

levy. But the difference between<br />

NSW and Victoria is this is a<br />

charge applicable to point to point<br />

transport operators. This levy is to<br />

be paid by the owners/operators<br />

and not necessarily passed onto<br />

the customers.<br />

“This is, in essence, a charge on<br />

operators and not being funded<br />

through taxpayer dollars that<br />

are better spent on running the<br />

state’s hospitals and schools,” said<br />

NSW Transport Minister Andrew<br />

Constance.<br />

8 <strong>DRIVE</strong> <strong>A2B</strong> magazine · <strong>June</strong> <strong>2018</strong>


Over in South Australia the<br />

situation is similar, but different.<br />

All relevant service providers (ie<br />

Centralised Booking Services,<br />

Transport Booking Services<br />

and independent Operators) are<br />

responsible for paying the levy to<br />

the Government.<br />

But the major difference is that<br />

the South Australian regulations<br />

state the Booking Service<br />

Provider [Operator] is to collect<br />

the levy from persons using the<br />

service, that is passengers. $1<br />

must be added to the total fare/<br />

charge at the end of each journey<br />

commencing in the Adelaide<br />

metropolitan area, regardless of<br />

the number of passengers and<br />

GST is not applicable.<br />

Also in South Australia the levy is<br />

only applicable for transportation<br />

that originates within Adelaide -<br />

not country areas.<br />

In all states the levy aims to<br />

pay-back the money that<br />

the respective State<br />

governments have granted<br />

to some of their State’s<br />

taxi and hire car licence<br />

owners who have been<br />

impacted by the industry,<br />

since the introduction of<br />

ride-sharing platforms<br />

such as Uber.<br />

Yet it does seem to be a<br />

lot of work put back onto<br />

the workers within the taxi<br />

and hire car industry, just<br />

so the government can<br />

collect this money to pay<br />

for their alterations to the<br />

industry.<br />

Register to collect $1 Levy<br />

• Victorian Commercial Passenger Vehicle businesses<br />

must register with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO).<br />

• New businesses must register before the end of the first<br />

quarter in which they begin operating.<br />

• All businesses - Booking Service Providers, Owner/<br />

Drivers and Fleet Operators must lodge a quarterly<br />

return and pay the levy using the ATO online portal to<br />

submit a return and pay the levy every quarter (four<br />

times a year).<br />

• Completing a return involves reporting the number of<br />

trips attracting the levy in each quarter.<br />

• If you do not lodge a return and do not pay the levy by<br />

the due date, you may receive an assessment notice and<br />

be charged interest and penalty tax.<br />

• GST applies on the full-fare of any trip. If a business<br />

passes the cost of the levy on to its customers via<br />

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The Victorian Hire Car Association<br />

has been rebranded to the<br />

Commercial Passenger Vehicle<br />

Association of Australia<br />

CPVAA<br />

INDUSTRY<br />

UPDATE<br />

As a major stakeholder in the Victorian Commercial Passenger<br />

Vehicle industry, the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Association<br />

of Australia (CPVAA) welcomed the opportunity to make comment<br />

and provide feedback on points within the Regulatory Impact<br />

Statement for the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry<br />

Regulations <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

COMMERCIAL PASSENGER<br />

I am sure that we were not alone in submitting feedback to these<br />

proposed regulations, as many other industry stakeholders<br />

would have taken this opportunity to voice their opinions on this<br />

proposal.<br />

As Transport for Victoria (TfV) reviews our submission we trust<br />

that TfV appreciates that the CPVAA’s submission is based on<br />

feedback from consumers who actually use our services. The<br />

decisions on the regulations that are to accompany the legislation<br />

for the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Bill 2017 which<br />

will take effect in July <strong>2018</strong>, will be made once the TfV have<br />

reviewed all submissions.<br />

We have reprinted our submission in this edition of <strong>DRIVE</strong> <strong>A2B</strong>,<br />

so that you are informed as to what we said on behalf of our<br />

members.<br />

10 <strong>DRIVE</strong> <strong>A2B</strong> magazine · May <strong>2018</strong>


ROD BARTON<br />

President, CPVAA<br />

Melbourne Airport<br />

Congestion is still causing angst in<br />

peak periods at Qantas domestic<br />

car park since Melbourne Airport<br />

management decided to allow<br />

taxis to use this area.<br />

There have been an extra 24 parking<br />

spots made available for Hire Cars<br />

on level one, north end of the car<br />

park. However, the congestion has<br />

led to disputes between drivers.<br />

This mess is not a good look<br />

for Melbourne Airport, primarily<br />

because of the safety concerns for<br />

customers and drivers having to<br />

negotiate this car park congestion<br />

to get to their vehicles.<br />

The CPVAA will continue to work<br />

with Melbourne Airport for a<br />

better outcome for customers<br />

and drivers, and we will keep you<br />

informed as soon we have updates.<br />

Maurice Blackburn<br />

Class Action v UBER<br />

The Class Action has continued to<br />

grow and this serves to strengthen<br />

our proposed case against<br />

Uber. Maurice Blackburn is now<br />

investigating the possibility of taking<br />

this proposed action nationally.<br />

We are now in a stronger position<br />

and we are feeling somewhat<br />

bullish.<br />

We are not quite over the line as yet<br />

and this will take some time. We<br />

have the best litigation company<br />

in Australia, Maurice Blackburn,<br />

working on this with a team of<br />

very skilled lawyers working on our<br />

behalf.<br />

It’s not too late to register<br />

If you haven’t already registered for<br />

the potential class action against<br />

Uber, it is certainly not too late to<br />

do so.<br />

Visit www.mauriceblackburn.com.<br />

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Rod Barton<br />

President, CPVAA<br />

<strong>DRIVE</strong> <strong>A2B</strong> magazine · <strong>June</strong> <strong>2018</strong><br />

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RIS FEEDBACK<br />

RESPONSE<br />

TO PROPOSED GOVERNMENT<br />

REGULATIONS<br />

12 <strong>DRIVE</strong> <strong>A2B</strong> magazine · <strong>June</strong> <strong>2018</strong>


This document details the response<br />

from the Commercial Passenger<br />

Vehicle Association of Australia<br />

submitted to Transport for Victoria,<br />

in relation to government’s proposed<br />

regulations for the Victorian<br />

Commercial Passenger Vehicle<br />

Industry legislation which will be<br />

effective July <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

CATEGORIES OF COMMERCIAL<br />

PASSENGER VEHICLES<br />

The CPVAA believes it is imperative that we keep the<br />

distinction between the traditional “HIRE CAR” and<br />

“TAXI” categories of Commercial Passenger Vehicles.<br />

In keeping with this we suggest the addition of a new<br />

CPV category – namely “ON DEMAND TRANSPORT”<br />

vehicles.<br />

VEHICLE IDENTIFICATION<br />

For the purpose of this document<br />

we have abbreviated some terms.<br />

LEGEND<br />

ADR Australian Design Rules<br />

ANCAP Australasian New Car Assessment<br />

Program<br />

BSP Booking Service Provider<br />

CPV Commercial Passenger Vehicle<br />

CPVAA Commercial Passenger Vehicle<br />

Association of Australia<br />

LVT Licensed Vehicle Tester<br />

RIS Regulatory Impact Statement<br />

TAXI CPV with meter + dome + camera<br />

TfV Transport for Victoria<br />

TSC Taxi Services Commission<br />

The CPVAA believes that all CPVs should be able<br />

to be instantly recognised as a CPV. The CPVAA<br />

wishes to maintain the VHA - VHZ series of plates for<br />

those hire car operators who want to keep them – for<br />

other CPVs there needs to be a form of permanent<br />

visible signage on the exterior of the CPV, to ensure<br />

the public’s safety.<br />

The public have a right to know that they are getting<br />

into an accredited CPV and external identification is<br />

one of the best ways to achieve this. Our thousands<br />

of customers, in myriads of conversations over the<br />

last several years, unanimously support this position.<br />

The CPVAA also believes that if a vehicle doesn’t<br />

meet all the requirements applicable to the provision<br />

of unbooked CPV services then it should not be<br />

allowed to operate and should be prohibited from<br />

being identified as a TAXI.<br />

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RIS FEEDBACK<br />

The CPVAA further believes that for a CPV to operate<br />

as a TAXI it requires the following attributes:<br />

• Branding (external signage) including the<br />

word TAXI<br />

• Dome (world-wide recognition that the<br />

vehicle is a taxi)<br />

• Meter (either physical or electronic)<br />

• Safety Camera<br />

• Stickers stating the calculation of fares,<br />

flagfall, etc.<br />

ROAD SAFETY ROAD RULES 2017<br />

We believe that there should be legislative recognition<br />

of a CPV that meets specified regulations as a TAXI -<br />

as this is a publicly recognised world-wide service.<br />

Only CPVs that are registered to carry out unbooked<br />

trips (ie TAXIS) may stand on taxi ranks.<br />

Any change in legislation that reduces the ability of<br />

CPVs to service their travelling public will be seen by<br />

the public in a negative light. As such, the CPVAA<br />

strongly recommends that the use of Loading Zones<br />

for VHA - VHZ plated vehicles continues. Also the<br />

ability for TAXIS and VHA - VHZ plated vehicles to use<br />

bus lanes and transit lanes should be maintained.<br />

SAFETY OF THE <strong>DRIVE</strong>RS AND<br />

PASSENGERS IS PARAMOUNT<br />

The CPVAA insists that safety for both passengers<br />

and drivers in an accredited CPV is non-negotiable;<br />

regardless of what price point the service is given at.<br />

Under the former regulatory regime, where there were<br />

only hire cars and taxis, there is no evidence to support<br />

the need for safety cameras to be installed in what we<br />

knew as traditional hire car services. The CPVAA has<br />

paramount concern for the safety of all our members<br />

and their clientele and since the new regime’s<br />

intentions (if not the law) have been used as the basis<br />

for [illegal] operations there have been numerous<br />

media reports about some “On Demand Transport”<br />

vehicles’ drivers allegedly being involved in assaults.<br />

There is sufficient media and anecdotal evidence<br />

state-wide and nationally to suggest that “On<br />

Demand Transport” vehicles should be fitted with<br />

safety cameras.<br />

The CPVAA also agrees that all unbooked CPV<br />

services (ie Taxi services), such as rank and hail<br />

services, should have safety cameras installed in the<br />

CPVs.<br />

CONDITION OF VEHICLE<br />

The CPVAA stands by our previous statement that<br />

public safety is non-negotiable. Therefore, it follows<br />

that all CPVs should have regular roadworthy<br />

assessments carried out on them by a licenced<br />

vehicle tester. Our experience tells us that vehicles<br />

used as CPVs – that incur higher than average<br />

mileage – deteriorate at a much faster rate when<br />

compared to vehicles used in a private capacity.<br />

It is our understanding that the uptake of 25,000 “On<br />

Demand Transport” vehicles have only had a “safety<br />

check” that was organised by Uber – not a full<br />

roadworthy assessment by a licenced vehicle tester.<br />

This is actively misleading the public. Feedback that<br />

we have gathered suggests that the public expects<br />

all CPVs to be in roadworthy condition at all times.<br />

In our discussions with many consumers there is<br />

an overwhelming support for annual roadworthy<br />

inspections to be undertaken by a licenced vehicle<br />

tester.<br />

The CPVAA has also collected feedback that<br />

suggests that up to 1 in 3 vehicles fail to meet<br />

their initial roadworthy expectations and require<br />

rectification to ensure they meet the minimum<br />

standards.<br />

This is supported by our 25+ years industry<br />

experience. If the TSC has documented evidence<br />

that contradicts this, they should present it as part<br />

of this RIS discussion, so that it may be perused and<br />

analysed.<br />

Currently and in previous years, the TSC has failed to<br />

ensure that roadworthy assessments are undertaken.<br />

We are aware that the TSC does not send out<br />

reminder notices and does not keep track of whether<br />

these vital safety inspections have occurred – rather<br />

they appear to rely on the goodwill and honesty of<br />

operators.<br />

The CPVAA believes a simple solution to this issue is<br />

that a roadworthy certificate must be submitted at<br />

the time of, and be a condition precedent to, receiving<br />

both a CPV licence and a CPV annual renewal.<br />

Given that there are no longer any age limits on CPVs,<br />

the CPVAA feels that this is imperative to ensure the<br />

maintenance of the safety of the CPV fleet.<br />

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Australian Design Rules (ADR) are national standards<br />

for vehicle safety, anti-theft and emissions of all new<br />

and used vehicles entering the Australian market for<br />

the first time. These rules were brought in for the<br />

protection of the Australian public and their motor<br />

vehicle.<br />

ANCAP, Australasia’s leading independent vehicle<br />

safety advocate, provides consumers with advice and<br />

information on the level of occupant and pedestrian<br />

protection provided by different vehicle models in the<br />

most common types of crashes. ANCAP’s vision is<br />

“To eliminate road trauma through the testing and<br />

promotion of safer vehicles”.<br />

Then there’s the Victorian initiative “Towards Zero”,<br />

which strives for us to have a future free of deaths<br />

and serious injuries on our roads. The campaign’s<br />

aim is to ensure that we have a safe road system<br />

in place. A system that protects us from our own<br />

mistakes, and those of others.<br />

With all this infrastructure and projects relating to<br />

vehicle safety surrounding us, the CPVAA finds it<br />

staggering that the TSC and TfV failed to consider<br />

the safety of the vehicles when granting accreditation<br />

of vehicles for use as a CPV. We believe that, moving<br />

forward, all public transport vehicles should, as a very<br />

minimum, meet a 5 star ANCAP safety rating before<br />

they are accredited as a CPV.<br />

INSURANCE<br />

ALL CPVs must be individually covered by a<br />

commercial vehicle insurance policy which includes<br />

business liability insurance. This should be a<br />

condition of the CPV licence. The CPVAA can provide<br />

evidence of “On Demand Transport” drivers being<br />

involved in accidents where they have either had<br />

minimum (private) or no insurance at all. This is<br />

unacceptable both to the CPVAA and the general<br />

public. The public expects that the CPV they are<br />

travelling in is fully and adequately insured. If the<br />

TSC thinks otherwise, they should supply evidence<br />

to support their rationale that commercial vehicle<br />

insurance is not necessary, for further analysis and<br />

discussion.<br />

TO REGISTER OR/RENEW AS A<br />

COMMERCIAL PASSENGER VEHICLE<br />

The CPVAA believes that the following criteria should<br />

be met and submitted with every application for CPV<br />

accreditation and every annual renewal of same.<br />

• Annual Roadworthy certificate<br />

(where CPV is a taxi this check to include all<br />

taxi equipment– meter, dome, etc. )<br />

• 5 star ANCAP rating certificate<br />

• Comprehensive commercial vehicle<br />

insurance policy<br />

RISK REGISTER<br />

The CPVAA recognises that the traditional single<br />

car operator will be unduly burdened by the costs<br />

of having to create and continuously maintain a risk<br />

register. This has been unnecessary for the last 30<br />

years within the pre-booked vehicle industry; we do<br />

not feel that it adds any value (except, possibly, to<br />

maintaining bureaucracy).<br />

The CPVAA does not understand why safety<br />

incidents in CPVs need to be logged and maintained?<br />

Are these logged and maintained for EVERY driver<br />

on the road? Once again, we note that this has<br />

been unnecessary for the last 30 years within the<br />

pre-booked vehicle industry; we do not feel that it<br />

adds any value (except, possibly, to maintaining<br />

bureaucracy).<br />

The CPVAA does not believe that TfV needs to track<br />

notifiable incidents. According to Peter Drucker,<br />

“what gets measured gets managed” but we do not<br />

see any record of management from the TfV, and in<br />

particular from the TSC. Therefore, in our opinion,<br />

there is no need to collect data that will not be used<br />

and acted upon.<br />

We cannot comment on what the expected<br />

compliance or implementation costs of the proposed<br />

new requirement for BSPs to provide certain<br />

information to the hirer, until such time as the<br />

operating requirements and conditions of being a<br />

BSP are released. We note that at a recent meeting<br />

of the CPVAA, 95% of attendees had no idea of the<br />

requirement to even become a BSP, let alone any<br />

other requirements and their costs.<br />

COMMERCIAL PASSENGER<br />

Response by the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Association of Australia to the Regulatory<br />

Impact Statement for the Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Regulations <strong>2018</strong><br />

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RIS FEEDBACK<br />

EXEMPTIONS FOR BOOKING<br />

SERVICE PROVIDERS<br />

The CPVAA believes that single CPV operators<br />

should be exempt from the requirements of being a<br />

BSP. Currently the proposed legislation requires any<br />

operator off-loading even one job (where payment is<br />

made to the operator, and not to the driver doing the<br />

job) to be registered as a BSP. We believe that this is<br />

too onerous on the operators. We further believe that<br />

enforcing this requirement will have the unintended<br />

consequence of many small businesses leaving the<br />

industry.<br />

Another possible unintended consequence by<br />

exempting certain providers from registration, is<br />

that TfV may create a case where it is “commercially<br />

advantageous” for unscrupulous operators to find<br />

ways to exempt themselves from registering as a<br />

BSP; and therefore avoid paying the “$1 Uber tax”.<br />

RECORDS & RECORD KEEPING<br />

The CPVAA believes that there is no need to keep<br />

“End Trip Time” or “distance” information. Some<br />

operators will already be keeping a record of<br />

complaints, but probably consider this information<br />

to be commercial-in-confidence and will not feel<br />

comfortable sharing this information with the TfV.<br />

To state in the RIS that the TSC’s compliance<br />

monitoring and enforcement operations would utilise<br />

the information contained within these records is<br />

interesting. Based on previous experiences over<br />

several years the CPVAA has zero confidence in the<br />

TSC’s ability to enforce any type of compliance.<br />

The CPVAA does agree with TfV’s assessment that<br />

these records would most probably already be kept<br />

as part of business management or tax purposes.<br />

In the majority of cases these requirements will<br />

not impose a significant burden; however for small<br />

operators this will be perceived as an additional layer<br />

of red tape and could be quite an encumbrance.<br />

opens up additional sources of income (eg carrying<br />

babies and toddlers) or not.<br />

The CPVAA is aware that other States and Territories<br />

have this set up – we recommend that Victoria aligns<br />

itself with the rest of the country and actively pushes<br />

for a country-wide set of sensible safety conditions<br />

for the travelling public.<br />

REGULATIONS NOT PROPOSED TO<br />

BE MADE<br />

With relation to the regulations that are not proposed<br />

to be made the CPVAA has the following comments:-<br />

No. 23 Interference with equipment in or on<br />

taxi-cab - This regulation should not be rescinded<br />

just because there is less equipment within CPVs.<br />

There is still opportunity for people to interfere with<br />

the equipment and they are less likely to do so if the<br />

offence is a regulation.<br />

No. 24 Livery & No. 25 Sign on a taxi-cab<br />

- Regulation for the minimum livery/signage on a<br />

CPV should be retained. TAXIS should be able to<br />

be identified as a Taxi; Hire Cars should be able<br />

to be identified by consumers either by their VHA-<br />

VHZ series plates , or for those who choose to not<br />

have VHA-VHZ plates – by their CPV identity sticker<br />

attached to the windscreen.<br />

No. 29A Payment of fares and additional charges<br />

- This regulation should not be rescinded. The RIS<br />

states that removing this regulation is to empower<br />

consumer choice – but it should not be giving<br />

consumers the choice to evade payment of fares for<br />

trips given.<br />

No. 39 No drinking liquor or possessing open<br />

liquor containers - The CPVAA believes that this<br />

regulation should not be rescinded. The CPVAA<br />

believes exceptions can be made on a case by case<br />

basis where approval to drink while in a vehicle is<br />

sought and received from the operator PRIOR to the<br />

trip commencing (eg. A glass of champagne in a<br />

stretch limousine).<br />

CHILD RESTRAINTS<br />

As stated before safety is paramount. Therefore<br />

all CPVs must be able to provide child seats /<br />

booster seats / capsules to the public as required.<br />

It becomes the CPV operator’s choice whether he<br />

wishes to provide these additional services, and thus<br />

Now, we wait until the government has made its<br />

determination after reviewing all the recommendations,<br />

suggestions and feedback it has received regarding the<br />

Regulatory Impact Statement on the CPVI Regulations<br />

<strong>2018</strong>. We will know soon enough though, because the<br />

outcomes are to be introduced in July this year.<br />

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Sharing the road<br />

There are rules for drivers and bike riders to follow when interacting with pedestrians whilst travelling<br />

on the road. Basically as a driver of a motor vehicle (car, bike, bus, truck) we must always give way to<br />

pedestrians and bike riders. Bike riders must also always give way to pedestrians.<br />

ROAD TIPS<br />

PEDESTRIANS<br />

• Drivers must give way to pedestrians at a pedestrian<br />

crossing, and must not overtake another vehicle which<br />

has stopped at a pedestrian crossing.<br />

• When turning at any intersection (except a roundabout),<br />

you must give way to any pedestrians crossing the road<br />

you are entering.<br />

BIKE RIDERS<br />

• Be patient and keep your distance<br />

from bike riders, at least one metre,<br />

more if travelling over 60km/h.<br />

• After overtaking, make sure you are<br />

well clear of the bike rider before<br />

moving back.<br />

• At roundabouts be aware of pedestrians needing to cross,<br />

slow down and give them the space and time they need.<br />

• When entering or leaving a driveway, you must give way<br />

to pedestrians and bicycles on any footpath, path or<br />

nature strip you cross.<br />

• In a shared zone you must give way to pedestrians<br />

• You must give way to any pedestrian at or near the stop<br />

sign or line.<br />

• DO NOT drive in bicycle lanes.<br />

• Give way to bike riders in bicycle<br />

lanes if you are turning across the<br />

lane.<br />

• Check behind you before opening<br />

your car door, use your mirrors<br />

and do a head check. Make sure<br />

your passengers are careful when<br />

opening their car doors too.<br />

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HAVE<br />

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Send your thoughts to us!<br />

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Government should refund TAC overcharge<br />

The Victorian Minister for Public<br />

Transport stated in a media<br />

release dated 21 April <strong>2018</strong> that<br />

the Andrews government is<br />

going to reduce the annual taxi<br />

TAC component by $2,000 per<br />

taxi vehicle.<br />

Ms Allan states this is being<br />

done to ensure a level playing<br />

field and to show support for taxi<br />

licence operators.<br />

However, it is NOT effective<br />

until 1 July <strong>2018</strong>; even though<br />

legislation to legalise and<br />

“regulate” RideShare (fake taxi)<br />

companies was first introduced<br />

into the Victorian Parliament in<br />

February 2017 !<br />

Uber was operating in Melbourne<br />

with the support of the Victorian<br />

Government from late 2016 and<br />

was officially supported by State<br />

Parliament in August 2017.<br />

During this period there has been<br />

NO level playing field with Uber’s<br />

motor reg, TAC and stamp duty,<br />

being no more than $800.80 for<br />

a private car while taxi licence<br />

operators continue to pay<br />

$2,776.50 per taxi up to 1 July,<br />

<strong>2018</strong>.<br />

This is an admission by Minister<br />

Jacinta Allan that the Andrews<br />

government is still financially<br />

exploiting the taxi industry.<br />

BY J GLAZEBROOK<br />

A level playing field means that<br />

taxis should have been put on<br />

par with RideShare operators at<br />

least from the time legislation<br />

was first introduced into<br />

parliament in February 2017,not<br />

1 July <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

I believe there is a legitimate<br />

case for Minister Jacinta Allan<br />

and the Andrews government<br />

to refund taxi operators the<br />

full amount we have been<br />

overcharged since the state<br />

Labor government allowed<br />

RideShare companies to operate<br />

in Melbourne. Based on my<br />

calculations this amounts to<br />

around $9M in total.<br />

CityLink charges<br />

BY H VISSCHER<br />

On 19 March I took a fare<br />

from Burwood to the Airport,<br />

using both the Monash and<br />

Tullamarine Freeways.<br />

On the Monash I met with<br />

very heavy traffic and, with<br />

the consent of the passenger,<br />

left the freeway at the City exit<br />

and resumed the freeway at<br />

Flemington road.<br />

At the end of the trip my<br />

despatch computer showed<br />

a combination toll of $8, but<br />

I felt that I might have been<br />

charged two separate $6.10<br />

tolls. I could only charge the<br />

passenger $8 but examination<br />

of my toll account confirmed<br />

my suspicion and was charged<br />

twice $6.10, quite correctly of<br />

course.<br />

I thought that drivers might be<br />

interested and save money by<br />

this experience.


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offerings that will attract<br />

more customers and<br />

more drivers into our<br />

industry.<br />

The same disruption and devastation<br />

that the Victorian and Australian<br />

taxi industry has faced, we are<br />

now witnessing happening in most<br />

countries around the world.<br />

The status quo and the protection<br />

that taxis and hire cars enjoyed in a<br />

regulated industry is changing for<br />

ever.<br />

Out of this devastation comes<br />

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This is a story of a group of taxi<br />

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deciding that the way forward<br />

needed to change. The founders of<br />

P2P Transport took time to study<br />

successful taxi fleet models around<br />

the world and decided it was the right<br />

time to launch a similar business in<br />

the Australian market.<br />

This venture was years in the<br />

making and in March 2017 TaxiLink<br />

(Melbourne’s largest operator) and<br />

the Taxi Base (Sydney’s largest fleet<br />

operator) joined forces to create P2P<br />

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Originally from humble beginnings<br />

with small fleets the founders<br />

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the growth of P2P Transport has<br />

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“The focus has always been on<br />

delivering value to our drivers and<br />

making sure we deliver excellent<br />

service to all our passengers,” says<br />

P2P Director, Harry Katsiabanis.<br />

On 15 May <strong>2018</strong>, P2P Transport<br />

announced to the market the<br />

acquisition of Black & White Cabs in<br />

Brisbane. P2P Transport will acquire<br />

100% of Black & White Cabs, subject<br />

to due diligence and other regulatory<br />

requirements.<br />

Greg Webb, Managing Director of<br />

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P2P Transport engages in many<br />

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In the words of one of the greatest<br />

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<strong>DRIVE</strong> <strong>A2B</strong> magazine · <strong>June</strong> <strong>2018</strong><br />

21


Autonomous Vehicles<br />

Who will<br />

embrace AVs<br />

first? by Skip Descant


A new report by the Texas A&M<br />

Transportation Institute surveyed<br />

users of ride-share services in<br />

four major US metropolitan areas<br />

to gain a look into autonomous<br />

vehicle adoption.<br />

The growth of autonomous<br />

vehicles is likely to happen among<br />

users who are already comfortable<br />

with ride-hailing services like Uber<br />

or Lyft.<br />

Generally speaking, early adopters<br />

of technology will be some of the<br />

first to embrace self-driving cars,<br />

according to findings of a recent<br />

study released by the Texas A&M<br />

Transportation Institute.<br />

“If you’re one of those who lined<br />

up early on the first day that the<br />

iPhone X was available — whether<br />

you really needed one or not —<br />

you’re more likely to be among<br />

the first people lining up to use<br />

a self-driving car,” said Johanna<br />

Zmud, a senior research scientist<br />

at the Texas A&M Transportation<br />

Institute, and one of the authors of<br />

the study, in a statement.<br />

“Similarly, if you’re a frequent TNC<br />

(transportation network company)<br />

customer, you’re more likely to be<br />

among the first who routinely use a<br />

self-driving car.”<br />

Debate has raged about how<br />

readily Americans will embrace<br />

self-driving cars. That question<br />

has become more significant in<br />

the wake of a March <strong>2018</strong> fatality<br />

in Arizona when an autonomous<br />

vehicle operated by Uber struck<br />

and killed a pedestrian.<br />

The TTI study, released in May<br />

<strong>2018</strong>, shows that by a margin of 2<br />

to 1, frequent users of ride-hailing<br />

or ride-pooling services were more<br />

likely than non-users of services<br />

such as Lyft, Uber or Via to climb<br />

into self-driving vehicles. The<br />

report was based on a survey of<br />

3,275 people in Boston, Las Vegas,<br />

Phoenix and the San Francisco/<br />

Silicon Valley region of California,<br />

all areas where Autonomous<br />

Vehicle (AV) testing is currently<br />

occurring. The early adopters of<br />

AVs are more likely to be young<br />

adults in the 18 to 34 age range,<br />

equally split between men and<br />

women, childless and middleincome,<br />

the research shows.<br />

If today’s use of ride-hailing<br />

services, which has grown at a<br />

meteoric rate, is any indication of<br />

the possible growth in autonomous<br />

vehicles, then their impact on ridehailing<br />

and car services, roads, and<br />

transportation in general could be<br />

significant.<br />

Roughly 64.8 million ride-share<br />

trips were begun in Massachusetts<br />

in 2017, according to the state’s<br />

Department of Public Utilities.<br />

Some 34.9 million rides originated<br />

in Boston, with about 1.8 million<br />

of those coming from Logan<br />

International Airport, according to<br />

the state’s tracking statistics.<br />

Also, as the number of residents in<br />

the 18 to 34 age group increased<br />

in Massachusetts cities, so did<br />

the number of ride-share trips, the<br />

state found.<br />

The San Francisco/Silicon Valley<br />

and Boston areas are largely<br />

considered tech hubs, and are<br />

also considered “early adopters” of<br />

ride-hailing services, said Zmud.<br />

However, cities with a strong tech<br />

focus do not always translate into<br />

an enthusiastic embrace of ridehailing.<br />

“Austin, for instance, is a techfriendly<br />

location but use of<br />

ride-hailing is low because auto<br />

ownership is high,” said Zmud.<br />

A 2015 TTI survey of Austin<br />

found that only 50 percent of<br />

respondents expressed an “intent<br />

to use” AV technology. In the latest<br />

TTI survey, “intent to use” reached<br />

71 percent of long-term users of<br />

ride-hailing services.<br />

EARLY AV<br />

USERS<br />

are more likely to<br />

be young adults<br />

aged 18-34.<br />

Lyft also surveyed 67,000 drivers and passengers<br />

across 52 US cities and found that 83% of Lyft passengers would request a<br />

ride in a self-driving vehicle when the service is available.<br />

<strong>DRIVE</strong> <strong>A2B</strong> magazine · May <strong>2018</strong><br />

23


Upfront fares<br />

by Max B., Ride Share Drivers United<br />

In an email to all drivers on in Victoria Uber informed of a new “Upfront fares” system. The<br />

email dated 27 March reads as follows:<br />

RSDU<br />

“…Starting today, upfront fares are live in Melbourne. In cities where upfront fares have been<br />

introduced, data shows that riders tend to request more because they have more certainty<br />

about the price. More overall requests can mean more trips for driver-partners.<br />

With upfront fares, instead of an estimated price range, an upfront fare provides an exact<br />

price to the rider before they request a trip. The amount the rider pays is the amount the<br />

driver receives, minus Uber’s service fee and any charges. If the trip changes significantly,<br />

such as with heavy traffic or multiple extra stops, the fare will automatically be adjusted to<br />

use the actual time and distance travelled using the rates that currently exist in your city…”


This new system may sound<br />

sensible on its face value however,<br />

drivers are kept in the dark and<br />

are not being told what the actual<br />

“upfront fare” price is until the trip<br />

ends, often underpaying drivers for<br />

the actual trip time and kilometres<br />

travelled. This is a major change<br />

of conditions, effectively forcing<br />

many drivers into an unannounced<br />

pay cut and causing them even<br />

more profit loss in an already very<br />

tight margins industry.<br />

Ride Share Drivers United (RSDU)<br />

have been receiving hundreds of<br />

letters from angry drivers since<br />

this new system was introduced.<br />

Drivers who tried to contact Uber<br />

to query the obvious “errors” in<br />

calculation of trip gross fares often<br />

received from Uber an unhelpful<br />

automated reply insisting the<br />

“upfront fare” calculated for the<br />

trip was done properly, when it was<br />

clearly not according to drivers/<br />

Uber trip meter. Uber’s automated<br />

replies to upfront price driver<br />

queries often read as follows:<br />

“…We have checked this trip and<br />

can confirm that the calculation<br />

of the fare has been carried out<br />

correctly. The fares are calculated<br />

at the time of the request according<br />

to the destination and taking into<br />

account time and distance, as well<br />

as traffic and demand. In this case,<br />

the alternate route taken did not<br />

exceed the upfront fare therefore<br />

the fare was not adjusted….”<br />

Drivers have a meter. Completed<br />

trips have a trip duration and<br />

number of kilometres travelled<br />

clearly noted. Looking at that<br />

information it is quite easy for a<br />

driver to see that he/she was short<br />

changed, often by up to 25%! And<br />

on too many trips.<br />

RSDU have seen numerous<br />

cases of “system” intentional<br />

miscalculation, cases of drivers<br />

being stuck in traffic for extended<br />

periods of time due to an accident<br />

or a road closure or driving to the<br />

destination according to different<br />

passenger instructions yet not<br />

being compensated for the very<br />

obvious “significant changes” to<br />

the trip, as originally claimed by<br />

Uber.<br />

Furthermore, we have evidence<br />

of an Uber support employee<br />

admitting the system DOES NOT<br />

really compensate drivers for<br />

significant trip changes like Uber<br />

originally promised and noted in<br />

their contract with drivers.<br />

Heavy unexpected traffic<br />

conditions, a common<br />

occurrence on Melbourne<br />

roads, are not being<br />

compensated!<br />

One of Uber’s replies to an “upfront<br />

fare” query reads as follow:<br />

“…After reviewing the details of<br />

this trip, I went ahead and adjusted<br />

the fare to $48.67 to reflect the<br />

accurate time and distance of the<br />

trip.<br />

While upfront fares should take into<br />

account all the factors that typically<br />

affect the price of a trip, they do not<br />

currently account for unexpected<br />

changes to the estimated time of<br />

a trip, such as wait time or heavy<br />

traffic…”<br />

The question anyone must ask<br />

themselves is: if upfront fares are<br />

so “upfront” and really designed to<br />

provide transparency (as claimed<br />

by Uber), then why are drivers the<br />

last to know what they are? Often<br />

unable to do anything once the trip<br />

has ended, only to discover they’ve<br />

been short changed and are being<br />

paid (for many trips) considerably<br />

less to what the meter reads.<br />

Uber drivers are kept in the<br />

dark when it comes to the trip<br />

destination, knowing what it is<br />

only after the trip start, risking<br />

deactivation if they cancel. In<br />

addition, drivers are now kept in<br />

the dark when it comes to the<br />

actual cost of the trip, often to<br />

discover a nasty surprise in the<br />

form of underpayment at the<br />

end of it, forced into a frustrating<br />

and endless argument with an<br />

automated email Uber “support”<br />

agent programmed to brush them<br />

off!<br />

We call on all full and part time<br />

Uber drivers to take a stand and<br />

to start reducing their Uber driving<br />

hours to the minimum possible<br />

from this point on.<br />

Australia currently enjoys<br />

a flood of new rideshare<br />

operators entering the<br />

market.<br />

<strong>DRIVE</strong> <strong>A2B</strong> magazine · <strong>June</strong> <strong>2018</strong> 25


Upfront fares /...continued<br />

RSDU<br />

RSDU recommends that drivers<br />

register with all available operators<br />

in their city and start giving<br />

them much more attention.<br />

No operator is perfect when it<br />

comes to driver working conditions<br />

but at least they don’t use<br />

an abusive “upfront fare” system<br />

to cheat drivers out of their<br />

rightful trip pay. Some operators<br />

pay much better than others and<br />

one operator will even let you<br />

know the trip destination once<br />

you arrive to the pickup location<br />

(before the trip starts).<br />

Drivers! It is now in your<br />

very best interest to inform<br />

passengers on any given<br />

platform about ALL the available<br />

operators in your city and<br />

highlight the special offers that<br />

they may currently have.<br />

We see it as a duty of RSDU to<br />

warn and help drivers, ensuring<br />

that disgraceful practices such<br />

as cheating drivers under this<br />

false “upfront fare” pretense are<br />

not allowed to continue in this<br />

country.<br />

RSDU has launched an online<br />

Uber gross fare calculator to<br />

help drivers quickly determine<br />

the real gross fare for a trip<br />

according to the trip meter.<br />

Visit our website and feel free<br />

to use it and compare your Uber<br />

stated gross fare to your actual<br />

trip meter.<br />

Please drive safely at all times.<br />

Stay tuned for (exciting) news<br />

coming soon.<br />

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INDUSTRY<br />

STATISTICS<br />

The statistical figures<br />

on this page are as at<br />

30 April <strong>2018</strong><br />

These figures are updated<br />

and published monthly on the<br />

Taxi Services Commission’s (TSC) website<br />

Number of Conventional Taxis<br />

registered with TSC<br />

TSC Accredited Victorian Commercial<br />

Passenger Vehicle <strong>DRIVE</strong>RS<br />

5000<br />

5760<br />

7271 7706 8007 8503 8934<br />

62076<br />

65543<br />

69180<br />

72875 75731 77789<br />

CONVENTIONAL TAXIS<br />

30-Sep-17 31-Oct-17 31-Dec-17 31-Jan-18<br />

28-Feb-18 31-Mar-18 30-Apr-18<br />

Number of Wheelchair Accessible Taxis<br />

registered with TSC<br />

636 671<br />

745 756 780 802 823<br />

WATS<br />

30-Sep-17 31-Oct-17 31-Dec-17 31-Jan-18<br />

28-Feb-18 31-Mar-18 30-Apr-18<br />

ACCREDITED CPV <strong>DRIVE</strong>RS<br />

30-Sep-17 31-Dec-17 31-Jan-18<br />

28-Feb-18 31-Mar-18 30-Apr-18<br />

IN A NUTSHELL !<br />

452 4121<br />

TAXIS<br />

COUNT IS UP Since March <strong>2018</strong> Since Sept 2017<br />

HIRE CARS<br />

COUNT IS UP 2131 29150<br />

Since March <strong>2018</strong> Since Sept 2017<br />

COMPLIANCE<br />

OUTCOMES<br />

1,851 Vehicle inspections<br />

43 Rectification notices<br />

18 Infringement notices<br />

312 Regulation 12 notice<br />

(vehicle inspection<br />

notice)<br />

10 Official Cautions<br />

(written warning)<br />

6 Defect notices<br />

35000<br />

30000<br />

25000<br />

20000<br />

15000<br />

10000<br />

5000<br />

0<br />

Total Commercial Passenger Vehicles<br />

registered with TSC<br />

Taxis incl WATs<br />

Hire Cars<br />

30-Sep-17 31-Oct-17 31-Dec-17 31-Jan-18<br />

28-Feb-18 31-Mar-18 30-Apr-18<br />

<strong>DRIVE</strong> <strong>A2B</strong> magazine · May <strong>2018</strong><br />

27


BEWARE - BE ALERT<br />

Not long after retirement, Roger *<br />

received an email from a portfolio<br />

manager about an investment<br />

opportunity. It couldn’t have come at a<br />

better time - he’d been thinking about<br />

smart ways to invest his hard earned<br />

money. The manager promised Roger<br />

quick and high returns if he followed<br />

his advice. All he had to do was pay<br />

a fee and leave the rest up to the<br />

manager.<br />

Martha * was forced into early<br />

retirement due to a back injury. Money<br />

wasn’t tight, but the medical expenses<br />

were piling up, so when she got an<br />

email saying the government owed<br />

her $5,000 in overpaid taxes, it was a<br />

dream come true. All she had to do was<br />

pay a ‘reclaim fee’ into a Western Union<br />

account and the money would be hers.<br />

Both Roger and Martha ended up<br />

losing large amounts of money. They<br />

had fallen for a scam.<br />

Scammers are professional criminals.<br />

Anyone can fall for a scam – and<br />

scammers are getting smarter and<br />

using more sophisticated tricks to dupe<br />

thousands of Victorians every year.<br />

Scammers are also hard to find and<br />

prosecute, with many based overseas<br />

or working anonymously from behind a<br />

computer.<br />

* Names are fictional.<br />

To report a scam, contact Consumer<br />

Affairs Victoria on 1300 55 8181<br />

or visit consumer.vic.gov.au/<br />

reportascam<br />

COMMON SCAMS &<br />

TIPS TO AVOID THEM<br />

INVESTMENT SCAM – Scammers typically offer ‘get rich quick’<br />

schemes and investments based on ‘secret’ information or<br />

special software. They claim to be able to predict the outcomes<br />

of sports or share trading. After you pay their expensive fees,<br />

you will discover that their claims of past performance and<br />

guarantees about future results are false.<br />

Tip: Do not let anyone pressure you into making investment decisions. Ask for<br />

written information and always get independent financial advice.<br />

THREAT-BASED SCAM – scammers pretending to be from a<br />

government, bank or other well-known institution will call, email<br />

or text you, saying that you owe money. They threaten that if you<br />

don’t pay immediately, a warrant will be issued for your arrest.<br />

Tip: Watch out for unsolicited emails or phone calls saying you owe money.<br />

Check that the organisation, is legitimate, by contacting them directly. Try and<br />

get their details from an independent source, such as a phone directory. Beware<br />

of fake websites. Scammers send links to websites that look real, carrying the<br />

logos of well-known banks and other organisations.<br />

ROMANCE SCAMS – scammers approach you on legitimate<br />

dating websites and build an online relationship with you,<br />

often over weeks, months or years. Once the relationship is<br />

established, they will start asking you for money.<br />

Tip: Avoid sending money, personal or financial details to someone you have<br />

never met in person, especially if you are looking for love online.<br />

ONLINE SELLING SCAMS – scammers pose as sellers and<br />

post fake advertisements offering non-existent products for<br />

low prices. These may appear on genuine websites, online<br />

classifieds and online auction sites<br />

Tip: When selling items online, do not follow the links in a payment notification<br />

email to check whether the payment has arrived - log into your account directly.<br />

28 <strong>DRIVE</strong> <strong>A2B</strong> magazine · <strong>June</strong> <strong>2018</strong>


Car free CBD zones<br />

The City of Melbourne is considering<br />

car-free zones to tackle CBD traffic<br />

congestion, but Premier Daniel<br />

Andrews is not convinced they would<br />

be effective.<br />

The City of Melbourne has released<br />

two discussion papers for a new<br />

strategy to tackle population growth,<br />

and reduce overcrowding and<br />

congestion.<br />

The council has proposed car-free<br />

zones, imposing a 30km/h speed<br />

limit for the city grid, and reducing<br />

pedestrian wait times at traffic lights.<br />

“Pedestrian crowd crush is a big<br />

issue in Melbourne and with the<br />

number of people in our city set to<br />

grow by 50 per cent in the next 20<br />

years, we need to think about how<br />

we address that,” City of Melbourne<br />

Councillor Nicolas Frances Gilley said<br />

in a statement last month.<br />

“Every hour during the morning<br />

peak, 15,000 pedestrians cross<br />

the Spencer and Collins Streets<br />

intersection outside Southern Cross<br />

Station, which is five times the<br />

number of people in cars, yet cars are<br />

given twice the amount of time as<br />

pedestrians to pass through.”<br />

The zones, already used in Barcelona,<br />

could be introduced in parts of the<br />

CBD, with shared spaces prioritised<br />

for walking, cycling, residents’ cars<br />

and deliveries, and speed limits<br />

reduced to 10km/h.<br />

But Mr Andrews shunned the idea,<br />

saying increasing public transport<br />

infrastructure like the underconstruction<br />

Metro rail tunnel is<br />

better for improving congestion and<br />

safety.<br />

“I’m not convinced that it would<br />

improve traffic flow, I’m not<br />

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he told reporters.<br />

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INFRASTRUCTURE<br />

Annual<br />

checks<br />

TSC Commercial passenger vehicle inspection approval policy<br />

Commercial Passenger Vehicle<br />

Inspection Schedule<br />

Appendix 2: Sample commercial passenger vehicle inspection<br />

schedule<br />

Items must be checked for wear, damage or any fault, and reported on.<br />

Interior Pass/<br />

fail<br />

Seats Rust<br />

Exterior Pass/<br />

fail<br />

Seat belts Panel damage<br />

The Taxi Services Commission (TSC)<br />

requires ALL Commercial Passenger Vehicles<br />

(CPV) (that’s taxis and hire cars - including<br />

on demand transport vehicles) are in a safe<br />

condition, the TSC requires that all CPVs<br />

undergo an ANNUAL INSPECTION by either:<br />

• a Licensed Vehicle Tester (LVT) in<br />

accordance with VicRoads’ Vehicle<br />

Standards Information (VSI) 26 —<br />

Roadworthiness Requirements, or<br />

• an LVT authorised by the TSC in<br />

accordance with TSC’s Commercial<br />

Passenger Vehicle Inspection Approval<br />

Policy.<br />

Window demisters Lamps, signals and reflectors<br />

Washer and wipers Operation of doors<br />

Rear view mirror Windscreens, windows and mirrors<br />

Horn Under body parts<br />

Primary bonnet release Front suspension (wheel bearings)<br />

Floor/mats/carpet Rear suspension<br />

Dash warning lights and gauges Steering components<br />

All interior lights Engine and transmission mountings<br />

Handbrake Exhaust and emission controls<br />

Steering system (includes free play) Drive shafts<br />

Driver control pedals Differential<br />

Door handles (operation) Oil leak to ground<br />

Other Brakes –<br />

Hose callipers and pipes<br />

Discs and pads<br />

Drums and linings<br />

Under bonnet Other<br />

Bonnet catch<br />

SAMPLE<br />

Battery and electrical system Wheels and tyres<br />

Oil leaks/fuel leaks Tyres (assessed against tread wear<br />

depth indicator)<br />

Fluid levels Wheel rims<br />

Brake master cylinder Side wall damage<br />

All vehicles must be issued with evidence<br />

of inspection (for example, a certificate or<br />

report) stating the vehicle has passed a TSC<br />

approved Commercial Passenger Vehicle<br />

Inspection. This new CPV Inspection policy<br />

will be implemented July <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

Drive belt and pulleys Wheels and tyres must meet<br />

manufacturer specifications<br />

Hoses and pipes Other<br />

Coolant system (includes water pump<br />

and radiator)<br />

Engine noise (normal) Vehicle modification compliant (if<br />

applicable)<br />

Fuel system (includes LPG) Vehicle identification confirmed<br />

(refer compliance plate)<br />

TRIM DOC/18/291152<br />

May <strong>2018</strong><br />

11<br />

MPTP<br />

fares<br />

When processing Multi Purpose<br />

Taxi Program (MPTP) member<br />

fares, taxi drivers are reminded to<br />

process them correctly.<br />

DO NOT:<br />

x<br />

x<br />

x<br />

x<br />

process MPTP cards against fares where the member has not<br />

travelled;<br />

add High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) fees when less than 5<br />

passengers have travelled and/or add multiple HOVs fees for the<br />

same hiring, when more than one member card is used;<br />

add booking fees if not applicable or more than one booking fee<br />

– regardless of the number of MPTP cards processed<br />

run the meter when loading/unloading MPTP passengers in<br />

wheelchairs.<br />

30 <strong>DRIVE</strong> <strong>A2B</strong> magazine · May <strong>2018</strong>


INFRASTRUCTURE<br />

Applying for a<br />

taxi licence<br />

Eligibility<br />

Applicants must hold either<br />

operator or driver accreditation<br />

to be granted a taxi licence. We<br />

will automatically issue operator<br />

accreditation to accredited drivers,<br />

if they are granted a licence .<br />

Cost<br />

A $52.90 annual administration fee<br />

applies to each taxi licence issued.<br />

Apply Online<br />

Go to https://licence.taxi.vic.gov.<br />

au/home .<br />

Enter your vehicle details, including<br />

the registration plate number. If<br />

your vehicle is unregistered, you<br />

cannot apply online.<br />

You will need to provide at least<br />

one of the following:<br />

• driver accreditation number<br />

• operator accreditation number.<br />

Complete and submit your<br />

application in one sitting. A<br />

confirmation email will be sent to<br />

you.<br />

Incomplete applications cannot be<br />

saved.<br />

If you are unable to submit your<br />

taxi licence application online, you<br />

(or someone else) can download<br />

and print a copy of the application<br />

form, then you complete it and<br />

mail the form to the Taxi Services<br />

Commission.<br />

Restrictions<br />

Licence holders cannot lease their<br />

taxi licence, meaning someone else<br />

cannot operate the licence on your<br />

behalf.<br />

You must be the owner or intended<br />

owner of the vehicle that you<br />

intend to license as a commercial<br />

passenger vehicle.<br />

Licence conditions<br />

Applicants should familiarise<br />

themselves with the operating<br />

conditions that apply to the taxi<br />

licence type they are applying for.<br />

conventional taxi – Metropolitan<br />

and Urban zone<br />

conventional taxi – Regional and<br />

Country zone<br />

Only licensed<br />

vehicles can legally<br />

provide taxi services<br />

in Victoria.<br />

Wheelchair Accessible Taxi –<br />

Metropolitan and Urban zone<br />

Wheelchair Accessible Taxi –<br />

Regional and Country zone.<br />

Taxis must adhere to:<br />

• the Taxi Services<br />

Commission’s equipment and<br />

livery requirements<br />

• Australian Design Rules<br />

• Victorian roadworthiness<br />

requirements.<br />

• Taxis operating in Victoria<br />

must be inspected by a<br />

licensed vehicle tester every<br />

12 months.<br />

Approved applications<br />

Taxi licence applications are<br />

processed within 10 business<br />

days and once your application<br />

is approved, the TSC will send<br />

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AUTOMATED &<br />

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In late 2017, Infrastructure Victoria commenced an initial phase of informal<br />

consultation with key organisations to begin to identify the issues and<br />

areas of concerns for stakeholders. In addition, a formal stakeholder<br />

consultation commenced in early February <strong>2018</strong>, which consisted of a<br />

submissions process and stakeholder workshops.<br />

Last month they released a report outlining future scenarios for automated<br />

and zero emissions vehicles in Victoria.<br />

The report is the compilation of the comments, consultation and<br />

feedback that Infrastructure Victoria received from interested companies,<br />

industry stakeholders and academic institutions. It outlines a series of<br />

future scenarios that will help Infrastructure Victoria test some of the<br />

uncertainties Victoria is facing.<br />

FUTURE SCENARIOS<br />

7for autonomous & zero emission vehicles<br />

1<br />

2<br />

3<br />

4<br />

5<br />

6<br />

7<br />

Electric avenue - a world where all cars are electric<br />

Private drive - a world where your car drives you<br />

Fleet street - a world where no one owns their own car<br />

Hydrogen highway - a world where trucks lead a hydrogen<br />

revolution<br />

Slow lane - a world where man and machine meet on the road<br />

High speed - a world where driverless and electric cars arrive<br />

much sooner than we expect<br />

Dead end - a world where the hype never happened.<br />

Work is now underway to analyse and understand factors such as how and where we would charge or refuel our<br />

cars, or what kind of transport and ICT infrastructure might be required under each scenario.<br />

Later in <strong>2018</strong> Infrastructure Victoria will release an evidence base and invite further input from stakeholders and<br />

final recommendations on this topic are due to be delivered to government in October <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

If you wish to read the full reports, view a short animation, find out more or to get involved in Infrastructure<br />

Victoria’s automated and zero emissions vehicle infrastructure advice, visit http://infrastructurevictoria.com.au/<br />

advice/.<br />

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DATE 10 December 2017<br />

TIME 6:15 PM<br />

REFERENCE NO. CSV2575<br />

At around 4:50pm on 10 January <strong>2018</strong>,<br />

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Collins Street in the city.<br />

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TIME 4:15 PM<br />

REFERENCE NO.<br />

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Interstate<br />

News<br />

QUEENSLAND<br />

The Taxi Council of Queensland<br />

(TCQ) has called for State<br />

Government to make urgent<br />

changes to the Compulsory Third<br />

Party (CTP) insurance scheme,<br />

before the livelihoods of more<br />

Queensland taxi operators are<br />

put in jeopardy by the huge<br />

discrepancy in CTP premiums for<br />

taxis and booked hire vehicles.<br />

Queensland taxi operators<br />

currently pay Class 3 premiums at<br />

$4,460.60 pa compared to booked<br />

hire vehicles paying Class 26<br />

premiums at $584.10 pa, despite<br />

operating with similar risk profiles.<br />

TCQ CEO Blair Davies says,<br />

“Under the current Queensland<br />

CTP scheme, taxis are paying a<br />

far higher CTP premium than all<br />

other operators in the personalised<br />

transport industry. We’re operating<br />

with almost identical risks, so<br />

there should be no reason why our<br />

drivers and operators should be<br />

forking out more,” said Mr Davies.<br />

“We have Mums and Dads in<br />

family-run businesses who have<br />

invested their life savings into<br />

making taxi services available<br />

for their communities and now<br />

they’re struggling to keep those<br />

businesses on the road. When they<br />

are hit with a common renewal<br />

date for Rego and CTP, they can be<br />

up for tens of thousands of dollars<br />

that they simply cannot afford and<br />

that their competitors don’t have<br />

to pay.<br />

“It’s only a matter of time before<br />

taxi operators hit the wall if the<br />

Queensland Government doesn’t<br />

act urgently to fix the current<br />

CTP scheme for the personalised<br />

transport sector.”<br />

In recent weeks, one of Brisbane’s<br />

largest and most professional<br />

operators has been forced to call<br />

in the administrators due solely to<br />

exorbitantly high CTP costs.<br />

“Professional operators, who<br />

have been servicing our State for<br />

more than 35 years, shouldn’t be<br />

forced into administration and<br />

possible bankruptcy because<br />

the CTP scheme unfairly<br />

disadvantages their businesses<br />

but not their competitors. What<br />

kind of message is this sending<br />

to local Queensland businesses?”<br />

questioned Mr Davies.<br />

“If a driver drives a cab Monday<br />

to Thursday and then drives an<br />

Uber on Friday and Saturday,<br />

how is he or she a lower risk on<br />

those days than when driving a<br />

cab? It is the same person doing<br />

much the same work. The CTP<br />

scheme isn’t keeping up with the<br />

realities of life in the personalised<br />

transport sector. The Government<br />

has to take responsibility for the<br />

regulatory distortion in its CTP<br />

scheme, own the problem, and<br />

commit to fixing it.”<br />

“Victoria is moving to remove<br />

unfairness in its CTP schemes<br />

from 1 July and so why can’t<br />

Queensland do the same? Quite<br />

literally with a stroke of the pen,<br />

the Queensland Government could<br />

fix its CTP scheme to remove the<br />

disadvantage for taxis and allow<br />

local small businesses to compete<br />

with Uber on far more even terms,”<br />

concluded Mr Davies.<br />

36 <strong>DRIVE</strong> <strong>A2B</strong> magazine · <strong>June</strong> <strong>2018</strong>


NEW SOUTH WALES<br />

Taxi operators are celebrating<br />

a win in their battle to create a<br />

level playing field with Uber.<br />

The state government has<br />

decided to reduce the cost of<br />

their CTP Green slips.<br />

The New South Wales Taxi<br />

Council says the CTP fund levy<br />

will be reduced from an average<br />

of $580 to $142 – matching<br />

the price paid by ridesharing<br />

services.<br />

Taxi Council Chief Executive<br />

Martin Rogers tells Alan Jones<br />

[2GB] taxi owners have been hit<br />

hard by the influx of rideshare<br />

operators.<br />

“So the ridesharing impact to<br />

our business is as much as 30%<br />

down in terms of the income<br />

they’re seeing and the fares into<br />

their businesses.”<br />

WESTERN AUSTRALIA<br />

by Daniel Mercer and Gary Adshead<br />

Uber is urging the WA McGowan<br />

Government to halve a proposed<br />

passenger levy that will be used<br />

to fund taxi buybacks, saying the<br />

current plan will raise far more<br />

than predicted.<br />

With the Government set<br />

to introduce legislation into<br />

Parliament within months for its<br />

“on-demand transport” reforms,<br />

Uber is leading the charge for a<br />

compromise on a proposed $120<br />

million levy at the centre of the<br />

shake-up.<br />

Under the plans, a four-year, 10<br />

per cent tax would be levied on<br />

the total fare revenue generated<br />

by taxi and ride-sharing<br />

companies such as Uber and<br />

be used to fund plate buybacks<br />

starting at $100,000.<br />

However, Uber says estimates of<br />

the revenue to be raised at the 10<br />

per cent rate are based on outdated<br />

and overly conservative<br />

data and assumptions and<br />

the measure will in fact collect<br />

significantly more money than<br />

anticipated.<br />

Transport Minister Rita Saffioti<br />

said the levy would remain at 10<br />

per cent and called on Uber to<br />

absorb the costs.<br />

“Halving the levy would simply<br />

double the amount of time that<br />

the levy needs to be in place,”<br />

she said. “Once the required<br />

revenue is raised, the levy will<br />

cease. Ride share operators<br />

such as Uber currently take up<br />

to 27 per cent commission from<br />

drivers. We believe there is some<br />

capacity to absorb the temporary<br />

levy so it does not fully impact<br />

consumers.”<br />

Uber said a 10 per cent<br />

surcharge was twice the cost of<br />

anywhere else in the country and<br />

that more than 50,000 people<br />

who regularly use its service<br />

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What’s On in<br />

Melbourne<br />

Melb Int Jazz Festival<br />

1/6/<strong>2018</strong> - 6/6/<strong>2018</strong><br />

Events take place across multiple CBD venues<br />

This 10-day celebration of jazz in all its forms will offer 100<br />

events featuring more than 400 Australian, international<br />

and emerging artists, taking place in 26 venues across<br />

Melbourne ranging from the world-class Hamer Hall to<br />

intimate jazz clubs, plus vibrant café gigs in Melbourne’s<br />

west and free festival community events.<br />

Melb Food & Wine Festival<br />

1/6/<strong>2018</strong> - 3/6/<strong>2018</strong><br />

Various venues in & around Melbourne CBD<br />

At the Good Food & Wine Show, presented by Citi, you can<br />

enjoy a fun day out with friends discovering new foods,<br />

wines and the latest products. Sample from hundreds of<br />

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Mind, Body, Spirit Festival<br />

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free meditation session and taste some delicious health foods!<br />

MULTICULTURAL FESTIVALS<br />

Taste of Portugal<br />

10 <strong>June</strong><br />

Queen Victoria Market<br />

The Taste of Portugal, presented<br />

annually by Portuguese-speaking<br />

communities to coincide with<br />

the Portuguese National Day, is a<br />

cultural showcase of Portuguese<br />

culture, cuisine, music, dance,<br />

history, language and tourism.<br />

National Celtic<br />

Festival<br />

8 - 11 <strong>June</strong><br />

Portarlington Concerts,<br />

master classes, workshops,<br />

theatre/spoken word events,<br />

competitions, forums, singing<br />

sessions, dance gatherings,<br />

multi arts community projects<br />

and markets.<br />

Hmong Australia<br />

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9 <strong>June</strong><br />

Epping Memorial Hall<br />

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NEWS<br />

FROM<br />

around the<br />

World<br />

SCOTLAND - Glasgow<br />

GLASGOW cab drivers forced to<br />

work up to 70 hours a week to earn<br />

a living wage will not seek help for<br />

mental health issues over fears<br />

they will lose their jobs, it has been<br />

claimed.<br />

Union chiefs have warned drivers<br />

are under extreme stress amid<br />

increased competition in the trade<br />

from firms such as Uber.<br />

But many drivers fear they will lose<br />

their taxi and private hire licences if<br />

they report mental problems to GPs,<br />

according to Steven Grant, secretary<br />

of the Unite union.<br />

Glasgow City Council has about<br />

3500 private hire drivers on its roads,<br />

with 177 new licences pending<br />

approval.<br />

Mr Grant said those looking to earn<br />

a living wage have no option but to<br />

work 10 hours a day, seven days a<br />

week.<br />

He said: “The private hire trade as we<br />

know has a huge problem of oversupply.<br />

By licensing hundreds more<br />

private hire cars on a pay-as-you-go<br />

basis via Uber, it is eroding earnings<br />

and taxi and private hire driving as a<br />

full-time occupation”.<br />

“That could see them having their<br />

licences suspended or revoked”.<br />

“The situation is becoming<br />

intolerable for many who have<br />

invested significant sums of money<br />

and time in the taxi and private hire<br />

trades,” said Mr Grant.<br />

A Glasgow City Council spokesman<br />

said, “The number of applications for<br />

new licences and licence renewals<br />

can vary from one year to the next,<br />

so the figures indicate a manageable<br />

deficit that may well adjust over the<br />

next few years”.<br />

“Recent changes to legislation will<br />

allow us to apply a cap on private<br />

hire cars if that is found to be<br />

necessary. Both the number of taxis<br />

and private hire cars are within the<br />

scope of an impending assessment<br />

of the demand for licensed vehicles<br />

in Glasgow”.<br />

“We are awaiting guidance from<br />

the Government on how best to<br />

implement this assessment of<br />

demand”.<br />

“The independent assessment of<br />

demand for taxis and PHCs will<br />

help us understand if such a cap<br />

is needed for private hire cars in<br />

Glasgow and we will study the<br />

results of the assessment before<br />

making recommendations,” the<br />

spokesman concluded.<br />

40 <strong>DRIVE</strong> <strong>A2B</strong> magazine · <strong>June</strong> <strong>2018</strong>


ENGLAND<br />

CHINA - Beijing<br />

by Shunsuke Tabeta<br />

China envisions self-driving<br />

technology for all private cars in<br />

a cutting-edge metropolis to be<br />

completed near Beijing by 2035,<br />

taking aim at U.S. supremacy in<br />

autonomous vehicles and pitting<br />

authority-driven progress against<br />

free market innovation.<br />

The Xiongan New Area project<br />

represents an attempt by the<br />

ruling Communist Party to use<br />

developmental dictatorship -- the<br />

pursuit of economic growth at the<br />

expense of public participation in<br />

politics -- to build infrastructure<br />

and legal systems at a pace other<br />

countries cannot match.<br />

President Xi Jinping unveiled the<br />

ambitious Xiongan project last year<br />

as part of a “millennial strategy.”<br />

The high-tech “smart” city will be<br />

built about 100km southwest of<br />

the Chinese capital in a rural zone<br />

of Hebei Province.<br />

The population is projected to<br />

surpass 2 million by 2022, with the<br />

megacity eventually rivaling Tokyo<br />

by expanding to an area of about<br />

2,000 sq. km. Total investment<br />

looks to reach 2 trillion yuan ($313<br />

billion).<br />

A model area within the zone<br />

will be designated for developing<br />

autonomous-driving technology<br />

based on artificial intelligence<br />

as well as providing support for<br />

related industries, according to<br />

a government outline released in<br />

April.<br />

Much of the city’s transportation<br />

infrastructure, including roads and<br />

railways, will be built underground,<br />

said former Shanghai Mayor Xu<br />

Kuangdi, who helped draft the<br />

plans.<br />

Designing the new megacity<br />

around self-driving automobiles<br />

eliminates problems associated<br />

with adapting existing<br />

infrastructure to cope with a mix<br />

of regular and automated vehicles<br />

-- as well as pedestrians. China<br />

hopes to use Xiongan as a model<br />

for future cities worldwide.<br />

The international Geneva and<br />

Vienna conventions on road traffic<br />

assume alert and observant<br />

human drivers, which creates<br />

difficulties for many countries<br />

in building legal systems to<br />

accommodate highly autonomous<br />

vehicles. But China has ratified<br />

neither, and the Communist Party<br />

can use its unchecked authority to<br />

shape laws and otherwise prepare<br />

an environment for automated<br />

driving.<br />

China’s Changan Automobile<br />

launched “level 2” self-driving<br />

technology for the consumer<br />

market in March, an international<br />

standard in which cars can assist<br />

in functions such as accelerating<br />

and braking. Level 5 represents full<br />

automation.<br />

Thousands of Brits are<br />

at risk from cabbies who<br />

dodge tough council licence<br />

tests by using cheap “soft<br />

touch” issuers further afield.<br />

Some local authorities make<br />

hundreds of thousands in<br />

fees from drivers who have<br />

no intention of working in<br />

their areas.<br />

And town hall leaders say<br />

in some cases criminal<br />

records are not being<br />

checked.<br />

Sales of licences in<br />

Wolverhampton rose from<br />

852 in 2015 to more than<br />

9,000 this year.<br />

Rossendale, Lancs, licensed<br />

3,756 taxi drivers last year,<br />

one for every 19 residents.<br />

But the town has just 75 taxi<br />

rank places.<br />

Drivers with Rossendale<br />

licences have been<br />

convicted of offences in<br />

York, Milton Keynes and<br />

Manchester, according to an<br />

investigation by “The Times”.<br />

More than 330 cab driver<br />

sex assaults were reported<br />

last year. Since 2007, 131<br />

have been convicted, 40 for<br />

rape.<br />

Rossendale council said it<br />

had “significantly improved”<br />

systems.<br />

Wolverhampton council<br />

said it applied “stringent<br />

standards”.<br />

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