DRIVE A2B November 2020

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NOVEMBER 2020 | EDITION 40

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QR CODES

FOR NSW TAXIS

EDITION 40

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NATIONAL

8

6 Transport Alliance Australia report.

18 Moving towards zero via a safe system.

NSW

8 QR codes are rolled out.

11 NSW Industry statistics.

12 WATS Train the Trainer.

21

14 Getting to know Leonie Kyriacou.

VICTORIA

22 #Let's Melbourne Again.

24 Message from Rod Barton MP.

26 New vehicle cleaning regulations.

QUEENSLAND

30

Demand Responsive Transport for

Gold Coast.

COVID-19 INFO

11

How long COVID-19 can survive on

different surfaces.

13 NSW Sanitisation Stations' locations.

31 Let's not undo all the good.

32

OVERSEAS

38

39

London's taxi drivers must wear face

coverings.

10,000 tailgaters caught on camera in

two weeks.


From our Editor

The atmosphere in Melbourne is somewhat

coming back to normal after being in a bleak

lockdown for the past four months. People are

starting to move around the State, eating at

restaurants and cafes and visiting friends and

family. It is wonderful to see lots of traffic on

the roads again, knowing that people are being

transported from A to B and that our industry is

on the uptake.

However, just as Victoria is recording daily zero

cases, South Australia is in the grips of a COVID-19

cluster outbreak.

It goes to show that we cannot become

complacent when in the company of others. The

traditional handshake, hugs and kisses MUST be

forgotten, at least until we have a vaccine. We

must opt instead for the current greeting fashion

- the bow, the nod or the wave.

We must continue to be hygienic by washing our

hands with soap often and regularly wiping down

any surfaces that are frequently touched by others.

Cleaning Regulations

The Victorian Regulator (CPVV) has regulated

mandatory rules for cleaning of a Commercial

Passenger Vehicle (CPV) - see page 24. It is now

mandatory to clean all registered CPVs after

each trip, each driver, each shift, each day, and

continue to keep a record of all such cleaning.

Though, funnily enough CPVV takes no

responsibility in instructing the drivers on this

task - instead it has handballed this responsibility

off to the Booking Service Providers (BSP). The

BSPs have been directed to:-

• provide drivers with hand sanitisers and

cleaning products, and

• audit the drivers' cleaning activities and

records.

The BSPs must also instruct drivers on the

following:-

• the correct manner of wearing and disposing

of gloves and face masks,

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Tips for a

GOOD

NIGHT’S

SLEEP

• use of effective hand sanitisers,

• use of effective disinfectants when cleaning a CPV, and

• how to clean a CPV efficiently and effectively.

To date Victoria is the only Australian State to mandate these

cleaning rules. Failure to comply with the new regulations

may incur a $3,300 fine.

Contact Tracing

There is movement around Australia with regards to

collecting contact tracing information for those who travel

in taxis, hire cars or ride share vehicles. NSW is currently

trialling a QR code system that links back to Service NSW,

Victoria is researching a system that will link to DHHS and

13cabs has rolled out QR code check-ins using their own

passenger registration technology.

QR codes are currently also being used in Queensland, South

Australia and ACT for businesses but not for taxis or ride

share vehicles. Western Australia, Northern Territory and

Tasmania do not appear to require record keeping in their

health orders.

Ultimately it appears that Australia is on the COVID-19

road to recovery. Let's hope that this positive trend keeps

continuing and quickly too.

Until next month, stay safe and stay well.

Mrs Toni Peters

DRIVE A2B Editor

According to a recent survey conducted

by Beyond Blue partner A.H. Beard, mental

health issues are the single biggest factor

affecting the quality of sleep. More than

half of the survey’s respondents reported

poor-quality sleep due to issues such as

work or financial stress (37%), anxiety

(35%), and depression (22%).

Fortunately, there are things you can do to

improve your chances of a deep slumber.

Here are a few to consider:

• No caffeine after 7pm

• Limit phone use

• Read a book before bedtime

• Listen to music

• Spray lavender in the bedroom

• Eat a high carb evening meal

• Drink warm milk before bedtime

• Darken the room

• Turn off all noise

• Breathing exercises

• Meditate

Beyond Blue online forums are a great way

to connect with people online in a safe

and anonymous environment. Discussion

topics cover anxiety, depression, suicide,

and a range of other life issues.

Anyone in Australia can participate in

discussions, connect with others and

share their experiences with the on-line

community.

www.beyondblue.org.au/

get-support/online-forums

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YOUR

NATIONAL

ASSOCIATION

Looking

after the

interests of

those

in the

Australian

commercial

passenger

transport

sector.

Be COVID-safe

CPVV has confirmed that the Victorian

Government is developing a customer

(passenger) check-in system to support

rapid contact tracing within the CPV

industry.

This passenger check-in system (rapid

contact tracing) will be mandatory

for fleets of commercial passenger

vehicles to apply to all their vehicles.

The government is aware that

some organisations have already

implemented such systems and they

would certainly be able to continue

using their existing systems, so long

as it is able to integrate with DHHS’s

computer system.

In NSW taxi companies are trialling

an app utilising QR codes and linking

back to the Service NSW Check-in app

- see report on page 8.

In Victoria, face masks are mandatory

while other Australian states have

made them an optional item for

protection against COVID-19.

In some States passengers are only

allowed to sit in the back seat — other

States have no such ruling.

We recommend VERY STRONGLY that

face masks be worn by all drivers,

even when they are not transporting

passengers.

And remember that everyone MUST

wear gloves and face masks when

sanitising a vehicle, which must be

done after every trip - as you just don't

know who is carrying this very harmful,

very contagious virus.

Whilst ordinarily drivers should not

refuse any fare, there are certain

times when a driver may fear for his/

her safety and it is at these times that

they definitely have the right to refuse

transporting the passenger(s). This

also applies to passengers who may

refuse to wear a mask and cannot

prove that they have an exemption to

not wear one.

If the driver feels that he/she would

be at risk by taking this passenger(s)

who won't wear a mask, then the

driver should clearly convey this to the

passenger(s) and may refuse the fare.

Vehicle Survey

We recently undertook a survey on the

type, make and colour of vehicle that

our members within the taxi, hire car

and limousine industry prefer and had

quite a resounding response. Here are

the results.

Top 5 vehicles

that would be purchased for use in this

industry.

1. Toyota 41%

2. Lexus 10%

3. Hyundai 2%

4. Holden 1%

5. Ford 1%

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Colour of vehicle

It was very close between white (35%)

and black (33%) for the most preferred

colour. Silver came third (16%).

Fuel type preference

Interesting to note that nearly 40%

of the respondents indicated that

they would purchase a Hybrid

(petrol/electric) for their next car.

For the material of the interior,

leather won hands down with

72%.

42% said they would pay

between $25,000 - $40,000 for a

new vehicle, if they bought one

today and 25% said they would

spend $55,000 - $70,000.

In summary the most likely

vehicle to be purchased for use

in the taxi and hire car industry

is a white or black Toyota

hybrid sedan with leather

interior at a cost between

$25,000 - $70,000.

What's your next vehicle going

to be?

Operators'

Forum

Hygiene Practices

Topics include:

- Hygiene Safety Products

- Cleaning Etiquette

- State Requirements

- Legal Consequences

Register your interest in attending by sending

an email to toni.peters@taa-national.com.au.

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Friday

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A zoom link will be sent to you 2 days prior to

the event.

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COVID-SAFE

AND COVID-SMART

QR codes

rolled out

Taxis continue to help

healthy people stay

healthy in NSW

NSW News

The NSW Taxi Council has been

working with Service NSW and

the Point to Point Transport

Commission on a QR code solution

for the NSW Taxi Industry. We are

delighted to see two of the NSW

Taxi Council member networks —

Legion Cabs and Premier Cabs lead

with a trial involving QR codes in

Taxis to help with contact tracing.

Following on from the QR code

trial with Premier Cabs and Legion

Cabs, this initiative is now being

rolled out to all member networks

of the NSW Taxi Council over the

coming weeks.

The NSW Minister for Customer

Services — The Hon. Victor

Dominello, MP, said, "I commend

the Taxi industry for its leadership

and putting the safety of drivers

The Hon. Victor Dominello, MP, NSW Minister for Customer Services

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and passengers first. Taxis have a

large footprint across the State and

the collaboration between the NSW

Government and the NSW Taxi

Council will give the community

peace of mind that their safety is

being prioritised."

COVID-smart

"This is a great example of being

COVID-smart as well as COVIDsafe.

The Service NSW check-in

app is a powerful technology

and any industry that is serious

about safety should be using it,"

continued Mr Dominello.

Representatives of the trial recently

met with Minister Dominello at

NSW Parliament to demonstrate

the QR code stickers active in Taxis.

The QR code technology has been

adapted for enabling effective and

efficient contact tracing specifically

for Taxis providing Rank and Hail

services in NSW.

The check in by passengers

is highly recommended for

passengers every time they hop

into a Taxi in NSW. Also, the data

collected by the Service NSW app

is deleted in 28 days.

The Point to Point Transport

Commission, while explaining the

process and utility of QR codes

in Taxis, states that, "Passengers

are asked to scan the QR Code

on the sticker or seat card with

their mobile phone to checkin

to the Service NSW app and

provide their contact details before

commencing, or during their trip."

Furthermore, NSW health

encourages commuters to sit in the

back and wear a mask.

The Commission further added,

"The QR Code check-in keeps a

record of the passenger's journey

and this data is shared with NSW

Health in a case where contact

tracing is required".

The use of QR codes in Taxis is

voluntary, so if a passenger refuses

to scan the QR code during their

journey, a driver does not have the

right to refuse the fare.

Joining Minister Dominello were Martin Rogers – CEO, NSW Taxi Council; Nick Abrahim – Deputy CEO, NSW Taxi

Council; Lee Furlong – Chairman NSW Taxi Council and Assistant General Manager, Legion Cabs; Stuart Palmer –

Business Development Director, Transport Network Services (Premier Cabs) and other representatives from Legion

and Premier Cabs who have been heavily involved in the trial activation.

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NEW SOUTH

WALES

QR codes continued from previous page...

The NSW Taxi Council is grateful to

the NSW Government for assisting

the industry in putting various

safety measures in place and

ensuring that Taxis in NSW are

COVID-safe and with the QR codes

now rolled out, also COVID-smart.

The NSW Point to Point Transport

Commission along with the NSW

Government has established 12

government funded sanitisation

stations across Greater Sydney

as well as regional NSW where

Taxis can get sanitised at no cost.

There is also a privately funded

sanitisation station at Sydney

Airport, run by GM Cabs.

Taxi drivers have also been given

Clean-up Kits to ensure hygiene

standards while they are providing

services to passengers.

Prevention is better

than cure.

The sanitisation stations, the clean

up kits, the QR code technology for

contact tracing via the Service NSW

app and the COVID-safe guidelines

working together would ensure

that optimum safety measures are

in place for not only a COVID-safe

Taxi Industry but a COVID-smart

one too.

Martin Rogers – CEO, NSW Taxi

Council stated that, "We are

thankful for the collaborated

efforts, co-operation, support

and swift response from Minister

Dominello, the Point to Point

Transport Commission, the NSW

Government as well as the Taxi

Service Providers and their staff to

ensure a COVID-safe Taxi ride for

the passengers as well drivers in

NSW".

"Taxis are one of the most COVIDsafe

forms of transport available

for passengers and their loved

ones in NSW."

"The safety measures in place for

Taxis are helping individuals in

taking responsibility for the safety

and care of themselves and others.

Taxis continue to help Healthy

People Stay Healthy in NSW,"

added Mr Rogers.

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$250,000

$200,000

$210,000

$180,000

VALUES

ARE

UP

Sydney Taxi Licence Plates

Sydney Taxi Licence Plates

average transfer value

average value as at 31 October 2020

NSW Industry

Stats

P2P Compliance Activities

for September 2020

Vehicle Inspections

(safety standards compliance)

Advisory Visits (involving P2P Commission staff

providing advice to Authorised Service Providers)

Taxis

Hire

cars

235 99

16 -

Audits of Authorised Service Providers 4 5

$150,000

$100,000

$50,000

$-

$99,167 $102,500

$82,400

$95,000

$60,000

Jan-17 Jan-18 Jan-19 Jan-20 Jun-20 Sep-20 Oct-20

Number of Issued

Passenger Transport

(PT)Driver Licences

as at 31 October 2020

126,256

All figures contained within these statistics are based on information supplied by rms.nsw.gov.au and pointtopoint.nsw.gov.au

How long

COVID-19

can survive

A CSIRO study has

revealed how long the

SARS-CoV-2 virus, which

causes COVID-19, remains

infectious on different

surfaces at different

temperatures.

Results were obtained under laboratory conditions, with no

exposure to UV light and humidity controlled at 50%.

*a 10ul droplet of liquid containing SARS-CoV-2 was placed

on multiple small test surfaces and left for up to 28 days.

The virus was recovered and placed in tissue culture cells to

observe if any infectious virus remained.

** A single well of virus was recovered on days 14 and 21,

99% of the virus was not infectious by day 7.

SOURCE: CSIRO

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NEW SOUTH

WALES

Overflowingly

Professional

WATS Train the

Trainer

The NSW Taxi Council conducted

the WATS (Wheelchair Accessible

Taxi Services) – Train the Trainer

programme for September-October

2020 at the Kingsgrove RSL in

Sydney. Nick Abrahim - Deputy CEO,

NSW Taxi Council trained previously

accredited and new WATS Assessors

from its member networks from

Regional NSW towns — Milton

Ulladulla, Dubbo, Tamworth, Nowra

and Cootamundra.

The WATS Assessor Train the Trainer

Program has been developed

for Service Providers to meet the

requirements of the Point to Point

Transport Commission WAT Driver

Competency Guidelines tool. The

program helps previously accredited

WATS Assessors undergo a refresher

training to help with the training

and assessing process through a

consistent and up to date system.

The NSW Taxi Council has adopted

a robust and thorough COVID-19

policy for any person undertaking

this programme or any of its other

Training Programs. In relation to

the Train the Trainer WATS Assessor

Program, it was ensured that COVID

safe policies were adopted and

social distancing measures were

practiced throughout the training.

Where social distancing may be

difficult, NSW Taxi Council requires

all attendees to wear face masks.

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SANITISATION

STATIONS - NSW

This is in addition to keeping

an attendance record for each

person, sanitisation, and cleaning

throughout the training, as well

as regular cleaning of the training

room.

The NSW Taxi Council looks forward

to continuing to roll out the WATS

Assessor Train the Trainer Program

for the remainder of 2020.

To find out more, or to book for the

next training session, please contact

the NSW Taxi Council on (02) 8339

4644.

TESTIMONIAL...

"This Training helps us in

raising the standards of the

WAT services in Regional NSW

to the level of Sydney. It gives

us a better understanding of

disabiity needs. Challenging

but Rewarding.

TESTIMONIAL...

"Overflowingly professional!

Practice makes us perfect and

this programme is extremely

useful in keeping up to date

and producing the best

possible methods of training

WATS drivers."

Albury Station

MON-FRI SAT funded by...

Railway Place 7am - 7pm NSW gov't

Alexandria

9-13 O’Riordan Street 7am - 7pm NSW gov't

Arncliffe

6/13-15 Wollongong Road 7am - 7pm NSW gov't

Central Coast Taxis

7 Merinee Road, West Gosford 7am - 7pm NSW gov't

Dubbo Buslines Depot

33 White Street 7am - 7pm 7am - 4pm NSW gov't

Leumeah

Unit 7, No. 4 Grange Road 7am - 7pm NSW gov't

Mascot

Sydney Domestic Airport

Taxi Holding Bay

Newcastle

7am - 7pm

GM Cabs

4a Metal Pit Drive, Mayfield West 7am - 7pm 8am - 5pm NSW gov't

North Parramatta

90 Victoria Road 7am - 7pm NSW gov't

Prestons

Weld Street 7am - 7pm 8am - 5pm NSW gov't

Seven Hills

23/45 Powers Rd, Business Park 7am - 7pm NSW gov't

St Peters

28-30 Burrows Road 9am - 4pm Not open Zevra Taxis

Tamworth Buslines

21 Hume Street 7am - 7pm 8am - 4pm NSW gov't

Tweed Heads

Tweed City Shopping Centre

Bus Stop

7:35am - 5:45pm

NSW gov't

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NEW SOUTH

WALES

GETTING

TO KNOW

Leonie

Kyriacou

Leonie Kyriacou is an equity partner at Pigott Stinson lawyers where she leads both the

commercial law and workplace relations practice groups. Leonie has worked for the taxi

industry for over 17 years. She has worked on the full range of legal matters impacting the

industry and works for taxi networks throughout NSW, as well as in other States.

Leonie does a lot of volunteer work. She is a member of the Public Gift Giving Board for

WIRES and a board member of national charity, Endometriosis Australia. Leonie has two

boys aged 8 and 10, and manages their sporting teams. She also volunteers as an ethics

teacher for the local primary school.

1. Do you have any skills or talents that

most people don’t know about?

I love making costumes. In fact, I get a bit

obsessed about my childrens’ book week

and Halloween costumes. One of my boys

is very precise about what he wants to go

as, so I have had my work cut out for me.

I’ve made all sorts of wonderful creatures

like a blue moon cicada (which is a rare

colour morph of a green grocer), a praying

mantis, a native stingless honey bee, and

most recently a central bearded dragon!

2. If you could be anywhere other than here,

right this minute, where would you be?

Cape Tribulation in the Daintree

Rainforest.

3. Flashback to when you were 10 years old.

What do you want to be when you grow up?

A ballet dancer.

4. Finish this sentence. On Sunday

mornings, you can usually find me...

Sitting at the dining table with my

boys (10 and 8) helping them with

their homework whilst simultaneously

folding the washing. Our Sunday

mornings are always the same. I

bake something (usually scones),

my husband takes our giant rescue

wolfhound cross to dog training and I

sit with our boys and help them with

their homework.

5. How do you think your colleagues would

describe you?

Busy.

6. What would be your personal motto?

Help out and be kind.

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EVs IN

AUSTRALIA

SA becomes the only jurisdiction on the planet to

Disincentivise

electric

vehicles

with tax

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The South Australian Government

will seize the dubious honour of

becoming the only jurisdiction in the

world to actively disincentivise the

purchase of electric vehicles through

tax if it goes through with measures

announced early November by SA

Treasurer Rob Lucas.

"While governments around the

world are using every means

possible to incentivise the uptake

of electric vehicles, South Australia

reckons they have it all wrong,"

said Electric Vehicle Council chief

executive Behyad Jafari.

"If the revenue from fuel excise is

falling because South Australians are

burning less foreign oil, that should

be considered a blessing."

"Overall it's good for air quality, it's

good for the health budget, it's good

for carbon emissions, and it's great

for economic sovereignty. The last

thing any sane government would

do is try to hit the brakes on this

trend."

"It's like responding to a drop in the

tobacco tax take by slamming a new

excise on nicotine gum."

"There's no special bucket of money

for roads. Roads need to be paid

for from general revenue just like

everything else. There is zero need

for the SA Government to slap a big

new tax on an emerging technology

that delivers so much for the

community,” added Mr Jafari.

A recent analysis by EY showed

that every driver who switches to

an electric vehicle delivers a $1370

boost to government coffers, and

a $8,763 boost to the Australian

economy.

"Treasurer Rob Lucas has described

his move as a 'no-brainer' –

remarkable then that no other

jurisdiction on the planet has come

to his conclusion,” Mr Jafari said.

“Unless every government in the

world is missing something obvious

that Mr Lucas uniquely understands,

the Treasurer may want to reexamine

the logic that brought him

to this point.

"South Australia can't hit its net

zero targets with this kind of policy

approach," said Mr Jafari.

"The state is currently at

less than one per cent

electric vehicle uptake

and now its wants to

introduce the world's first

EV tax."

"There's little point spending $18

million on charging infrastructure if

you are actively discouraging people

from buying the vehicles that can

use it."

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Moving

TOWARDS

ZERO

Via a

SAFE

SYSTEM

Safe Roads

Safe Vehicles

Safe Speeds

Safe People

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The Joint Select Committee on Road

Safety has released its final report on

the impact of trauma and death on

Australia's roads and the steps that can

be taken to reduce road accident rates.

Everyone had the opportunity to contribute

to the review and many did. Noting that the

Commonwealth has the lead responsibility for

implementing legislative and regulatory changes to

vehicle standards in Australia, the NSW Government

expressed concern that the "timeframes for

mandating safety features for vehicles entering

Australia's market do not align with the world's best

performing countries". It was argued that currently

"the process in Australia to mandate critical vehicle

safety features is so prolonged that technologies

sometimes either become standard in most vehicles

or are obsolete by the time regulatory changes are

made to mandate them".

The Victorian Government noted that it is

encouraged by the work being undertaken by

the Commonwealth to accelerate the mandatory

introduction of AEB into passenger and light

commercial vehicles. However, it argued that "more

needs to be done to expedite new safety features

that will become compulsory in new cars, trucks,

vans and buses in Europe from 2022.

ANCAP, along with the Electric Vehicle Council,

outlined a range of new vehicle safety features

and technologies which could play a significant

role in reducing crashes and resultant injuries.

These included lane assist, conditional speed

limits, pedestrian avoidance, vehicle to vehicle and

vehicle to infrastructure communication, blind spot

monitoring and autonomous emergency braking.

The Electric Vehicle Council argued that educating

consumers about the developments in vehicle

technology is necessary, and would allow them to

make informed decisions when purchasing vehicles.

It was submitted that: Given that approximately

90% of crashes involve some form of human error,

education on the driving and safety benefits of

electrification and automation is necessary to

advance road safety and driving behaviour.

We have printed here the 22 recommendations the

committee made after reviewing and analysing all

the documentation and presentations tabled.

Recommendation 1

The committee supports the

findings of the NRSS Inquiry Report

which recommended that the

Australian government commit

more funding to road safety.

The following recommendations

were also made.

The Committee recommends

that...

Recommendation 2

... the Australian Government work

with the states and territories to

develop a plan and timeline for the

harmonisation of data, including

definitions, relating to casualty

crashes, road safety ratings, and

speeding across the network. Such

data should be published regularly.

Recommendation 3

... the Australian Government review

its Black Spot Program funding

conditions and site eligibility, with a

view to making it more effective in

proactively detecting and treating

deficiencies in road infrastructure.

Recommendation 4

... the Australian Government

increase funding to the Black

Spot Program and increase the

percentage allocated to regional

and remote areas.

Recommendation 5

... the Australian Government works

with states and territories and

local government to ensure that all

existing road safety programs are

designed to implement Safe System

principles across all government

policy areas, including health and

education.

Recommendation 6

... the commonwealth works with

states and territories to ensure that

funding avenues are identified that

specifically support local councils

to attract and retain the relevant

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Moving towards zero via a safe system

ccntinued from previous page

skills and expertise required for

development of all aspects of road

safety policy, infrastructure and

maintenance.

Recommendation 7

... the establishment of a

Parliamentary Standing Committee

on Road Safety.

Recommendation 8

... the Australian Government

ensure all Commonwealth funded

road projects incorporate Network

Design for Road Safety principles.

Recommendation 9

... the Australian Government

work with state, territory and local

governments to collect accurate

data on the current condition and

rate of change of Australian roads.

Recommendation 10

... Australian Government identify

priority roads for dedicated and

targeted road funding partnerships

with the relevant jurisdictions to

improve the star rating performance

of road infrastructure for all road

users.

Recommendation 11

... the Australian Government

support and fund research into

the effectiveness of varying road

treatments in a wide range of

circumstances, with a view to

improving the road safety outcomes

of infrastructure investment.

Recommendation 12

... the Australian Government

establish a national consultative

committee on motorcycle safety.

Recommendation 13

... the Australian Government,

state and territory, and local

governments review their

procurement practices to ensure

that the safety of vehicles is a key

criterion in purchasing decisions.

Recommendation 14

... the Australian Government

review current timeframes for the

mandatory introduction of safety

features likely to have the greatest

impact on reducing road trauma in

Australia.

Recommendation 15

... the Office of Road Safety assist

in the facilitation of research to

identify the incidence, frequency

and type of driver distraction in

crash data.

Recommendation 16

... the Office of Road Safety work

with states and territories to expand

crash data collection and reporting

on the incidence, frequency and

type of driver distraction.

Recommendation 17

... the Office of Road Safety works

with states and territories to fund

community awareness campaigns

on the impact of driver distractions

on road safety.

Recommendation 18

... the Australian Government

continue to work with state and

territory governments and police

agencies to increase the number of

point-to-point speed cameras and

mobile phone detection cameras.

Recommendation 19

... the Office of Road Safety

liaise with the Transport and

Infrastructure Council with a view to

conducting further research into the

potential benefits to be gained from

various emerging driver assistance

technologies.

Recommendation 20

... the Australian Government

support future driver education

campaigns with an emphasis on the

development and demonstration of

safe driving attitudes that address

the following topics:

• road sharing and pedestrian,

motorcycle, bicycle and heavy

vehicle awareness;

• safe driving in different

environments, with an

emphasis on regional and rural

roads; and

• the dangers of distracted

driving and the need to remain

alert to the driving task.

Recommendation 21

... Australian Government review

funding for programs that reduce

barriers to disadvantaged groups

obtaining and retaining driver

licences.

Recommendation 22

... the Australian Government work

with state and territory governments

to introduce compulsory first aid

training as a condition of receiving

a learner's permit or renewing a

driver’s licence.

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The Taxi and Ride-hailing Digital Conference is an

excellent opportunity to gain in-depth knowledge

and learn about smart solutions with leading taxi

experts from across the world.

The next edition of the Taxi and Ride-Hailing Event

will be jointly hosted by UITP and Messe Karlsruhe

and is now a fully-digital experience, under the

theme ‘Smart Personal Rides’.

Learn the latest developments in taxi revolution at

this upcoming event.

As the only event of its kind to bring the taxi and

ride-hailing sectors together to consider the

future, you can hear from international speakers

across two days’ worth of sessions as they discuss

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MELBOURNE

BUSINESSES' INCENTIVE

Victoria News

‘Let’s Melbourne Again’ is an

initiative designed for Melbourne, by

Melburnians, to reinvigorate the city

and support its economic recovery

from the pandemic.

Businesses supporting ‘Let’s

Melbourne Again’ will each be

unveiling a series of initiatives over

the coming weeks designed to bring

joy to Melburnians and encourage

the community to get out of their

homes, back into the city, and to help

Melbourne get back on its feet.

‘Let’s Melbourne Again’

spokesperson, Jim Gall, said, "We’ve

all seen firsthand the impacts of

COVID-19 on our community and on

the businesses and institutions that

make Melbourne the incredible city

it is. Through Let’s Melbourne Again

we’re aiming to inspire, influence

and most importantly, restore hope

as well as support the economic

recovery of our great city."

"Over the coming weeks and months,

the businesses supporting Let’s

Melbourne Again will be creating

brilliant acts and experiences

designed to spark joy and support

the city’s economy — stay tuned

for the announcements of those

initiatives and for further information

about how Melburnians can

participate.”

Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp

says more than 150 events that

would normally happen from March

through August were cancelled.

But now there's planning behind

the scenes to allow major sporting

events, including the Boxing Day Test

cricket match, Australian Open tennis

tournament and Grand Prix Formula

1 car race, to take place over summer

and next year.

"For the Boxing Day Test, we would

expect to have 70,000 people each

day, but it's anticipated, and being

planned for 20,000 people to attend

that event," Ms Capp said.

"With the Australian Open, normally

800,000 people [attend] over the

course of the tournament. Moving

forward, the scenario planning is to

welcome about 200,000 people."

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It’s been a crazy year for us all and it’s no wonder

Federation Square is flipping dining on its head and

turning inside out!

Fed Square is now open. Reconnect with your muchloved

city in the heart of Melbourne and enjoy a colourful

outdoor dining experience that’s never been done before

in the square.

We’re talking extra (ample) seating, roomy outdoor

comfort zones, live bands on-stage, roving entertainers

(yeah, those guys!) and some seriously good food and

drink options from long-time favourites each offering a

uniquely Melbourne experience that we’ve all missed so

dearly, along with the views to match!

PLUS WE’RE

HOSTING TWO

INCREDIBLE

OUTDOOR

ACTIVATIONS FOR

YOU TO EXPLORE.

SKY CASTLE BY ENESS

A kaleidoscopic fever dream – the Sky

Castle, a creative partnership between

Fed Square and ENESS, is breezing into

Fed Square to celebrate blue skies ahead

and it launches on Sunday 14 November.

THE GREENHOUSE BY JOOST

Greenhouse by Joost has been quietly

making its roots in Fed Square since July.

This November, celeb foodies Matt Stone

and Jo Barrett are about to go off the grid

and are moving in for a 100% sustainable,

home-grown-food-producing six month

stint.


VICTORIA

NEWS

What does

CPVV HAVE

PLANNED

for the

FUTURE?

Prior to this pandemic, the taxi and hire car industry had

already been knocked down. COVID-19 was ultimately

the nail in the coffin for individuals and families within

the industry already struggling to survive. I need to point out

again that there has been a major lack in economic support

from the government for non-employing sole traders, whose

livelihoods now depend on an effective recovery plan.

Late last month, I stood in Parliament to ask Minister Pulford,

representative of the Minister of Transport, Ben Caroll, what the

regulator, Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV), was

planning to do to ensure the taxi and hire car industry could

move forward as Victorians come out of lockdown.

Rod Barton MLC

Leader, Transport Matters Party

Currently there is no news on any plan for the re-launch of the

industry from CPVV, which, to remind ourselves, has a statutory

responsibility for the 110,000 taxi and hire car drivers in Victoria.

I continue to urgently seek answers regarding any kind of

roadmap and the role CPVV will play in the recovery of the taxi

and hire car industry.

Model Litigant

As many would know, I fight for fairness.

To shed light on the legal matter being pursued by the

association Victorian Taxi and Hire-Car Families (VTHF) against

CPVV, the VTHF represents and supports hundreds of ex taxi

and hire car licence owners who suffered a significant loss in

income and value of their taxi and hire car licences, due to

the unlawful operation of rideshare prior to the 2017 industry

reforms.

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The reforms in 2017 resulted in

revocation of all licences for a

fraction of their worth through

a transition assistance scheme,

which provided arbitrary monetary

payments for only some licences,

not all.

Now, this is unjust. And there are

claims that the CPVV hadn’t done

its job in practicing its expected

obligations in monitoring and

enforcing licencing requirements.

VTHF has requested that CPVV

supply documentation which may

assist in it making a decision as to

whether to initiate proceedings for

the damages sustained.

As a freedom of information

request, this matter should have

easily been resolved, yet CPVV

has tied this up in court for over

three years, fighting tooth and

nail against those who simply

invested in their future through the

lawful purchase of taxi and hire car

licences.

What are the documents

that have been requested

that CPVV wishes to hide?

Why is it fighting so hard?

I have urged Ben Carroll to take a

good look at CPVV’s court dealings

and ensure that it is acting fairly and

in accordance to the model litigant

rules, as should be the case!

Workers Screening Bill

In the last sitting week of

October, I also had the honour to

express my favour of the Workers

Screening Bill 2020. It may or

may not impact the taxi and hire

car industry in the future, so

it’s important that the industry

understands it.

This bill will deliver critical

improvements to the current

Working With Children Check

(WWCC) and National Disability

Insurance Scheme (NDIS).

It would streamline processes,

align our NDIS check with the

nationally agreed approach and

improve the standard that applies

to those who work with children.

Disability support workers would

be able to work across Australia,

and this in turn would assist

people with disability in having

access to all the services they

need to thrive in society.

With COVID-19 present, it is

especially vital we focus on

protecting the most vulnerable

in our community and our young

people. The Workers Screening

Bill is focused on doing just that,

which is why I support it.

We have worked hard to keep multipurpose

taxi drivers on the road

during the pandemic, to provide

essential services to the elderly and

people with disability, and we must

strive to keep doing more for an allround

inclusive Victoria.

Until next month, stay safe and

stay well.

Rod Barton MP

Leader, Transport Matters Party

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VICTORIA

NEWS

NEW Vehicle

CLEANING

REGULATIONS

will be enforced

As of 18 November 2020 the

following NEW regulations will be

in place.

Failure to meet these regulations

attracts a 20 penalty points fine,

which today equals $3300.

CLEANING RECORDS

BSPs and independent drivers/operators, need to keep records of all cleaning

activities for a CPV that's been allocated bookings. These records must be kept

for 12 months. Full details of information required can be found on the CPVV

website under FAQs.

BSPS MUST support drivers when driving a CPV by:

• Providing drivers with hand sanitisers and cleaning products where possible

• Auditing a driver’s cleaning activities and records

• Providing training and resources to drivers on cleaning requirements and

methods

• Providing training and education on the new cleaning regulations which

take effect from 18 November 2020.

SPECIFICALLY BSPS MUST provide information or

instruction to drivers about:

• Wearing gloves and face masks when cleaning a CPV

• The type of approved disinfectants and approved hand sanitisers to use

• Safely disposing of used cleaning products, gloves and masks

• How to clean a CPV efficiently and effectively.

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DRIVERS MUST...

• Wear a face mask at all times

• Make approved hand sanitisers

available to passengers

• Before the first CPV trip of

the day - Clean all Driver and

Passenger Proximate surfaces

of a CPV, with an approved

disinfectant

• After each CPV trip - Clean all

surfaces likely to be touched

by passengers (including

Passenger Proximate surfaces)

• Between drivers - Clean all

surfaces (including Driver

Proximate surfaces)

• At the end of a shift - Clean

all surfaces (including Driver

Proximate surfaces)

• After private use of a CPV -

Clean all surfaces

BSPs must take reasonable steps to

make sure that drivers they allocate

bookings to, comply with the

cleaning regulations.

PASSENGER

PROXIMATE

SURFACES

• any hand held payment

device;

• centre console;

• external and internal door

handles, including the

boot handle;

• heat and air conditioner

controls;

• seat belt clips;

• visors;

• wheelchair hoists (if

applicable);

• wheelchair restraints (if

applicable);

• windows, window controls

and window handles.

APPROVED

DISINFECTANTS

are those that have antibacterial

or anti-viral properties.

APPROVED HAND

SANITISER

must have a minimum of 60%

alcohol.

DRIVER

PROXIMATE

SURFACES

• any hand held payment

device;

• centre console;

• external and internal

door handles, including

the boot handle;

• gear stick;

• glove box;

• handbrake;

• heat and air conditioner

controls;

• navigation and radio

controls;

• radio mouthpiece;

• rear view mirror;

• seat belt clips;

• steering wheel,

including any buttons

on the steering wheel;

• transmission control;

• visors;

• wheelchair hoists (if

applicable);

• wheelchair restraints (if

applicable);

• windows, window

controls and window

handles.

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OUR

MINDS

Take time to run a

THOUGHT

experiment

by Bill Faeth

When he was 16, Albert Einstein

mused over what would happen if

he could observe light by running

as fast as it. He knew this was

beyond the scope of his body.

But imagine how this scenario

would lay the foundations for

what became the special theory of

relativity, a decade later.

Nikola Tesla also used his

imagination as his laboratory. He

devoted hours to planning out

his inventions mentally before

sketching them.

His mind was the first testing

ground for his alternating-current

system, which we benefit from

every day. Neither he nor Einstein

would have achieved their

incredible breakthroughs if their

lives had been cluttered with

business.

Creativity needs time and space.

That’s why so many modern

workplaces are so uncreative.

Most of us are trapped in a cycle of

self-propagating work. Every email

we send results in another email,

which we feel compelled to answer

immediately.

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We’re under so much pressure

to get results and deliver that

there’s little scope for curiosity and

exploration. Before we know it,

we’ve forgotten that we were once

children who loved discovery, who

kept asking questions about the

world.

But that childlike sense of wonder

and openness is essential if you

want to find innovative solutions

for problems. Luckily, it’s not hard

to reconnect with your inner sevenyear-old.

All you need to do is run a

thought experiment.

Thought experiments offer us

the space to consider a specific

question in a parallel world where

reality works differently. This frees

you from limitations like skills,

access to resources, or even – like

in Einstein’s case – physical reality.

The point isn’t necessarily to hit on

the right answer but to gain insight

by forcing yourself out of stale

thinking patterns.

Adding unoccupied time into

your schedule encourages

thought experiments. When your

mind is permitted to drift, the

areas of your brain responsible

for creativity come to life. This

is why many authors, like J. K.

Rowling, champion boredom. In

1990, before smartphones were

invented, Rowling’s train from

Manchester to London was delayed

by four hours. The story of Harry

Potter emerged in her mind while

she was stuck at the station with

nothing to do. Imagine what your

mind might gift you if you allowed

it time to wander.

My challenge to all of you this

month is to add a few minutes

of unoccupied time into your

schedule and let your mind

wander.

Most of the time, our minds are

the most significant obstacle

between us and the goal we want

to achieve.

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QLD GOLD COAST

Demand Responsive

Transport for

Gold Coast

by Dominic Cansdale

Queensland News

A $2 million trial of the 'public transport

version of Uber' on the Gold Coast is

a step towards giving outer suburban

residents a reliable alternative to cars,

says a Griffith University researcher.

Griffith's Cities Research Institute's

Benjamin Kaufman said demand

responsive transport (DRT), or ondemand

transit, provided options for

people in outer suburbs who did not

have regular bus routes.

"For most people, the bus stops aren't

very convenient to get to and that

means everyone really just wanted to

drive their car," he said.

"The on-demand transit services that

are planned now, they'll been feeding

into … the major train lines or bus

stations you might imagine being the

backbone of the network."

Has it worked before?

Mr Kaufman said "you can imagine it

[DRT] as a public transport version of

Uber" with around 30 trials conducted

nationally, including one in Logan.

Logan's DRT trial had been operating for

three years and had delivered almost

110,000 trips, according to a Transport

and Main Roads spokesperson.

While destinations are fixed, routes and

pick-up times vary depending on who

books the service.

While some trials in NSW used small

buses, Logan's trial has used 50 regular

cabs or maxi-cabs across three separate

areas with customers charged between

$1.50 and $3.00 per trip.

Mr Kaufman said using traditional

cabs had been a "good way to test out

a service" but that there were "some

limitations".

"There's a lack of visibility, on-demand

services already don't have any fixed

stops so you lack advertising for a

service like that," he said.

"If the vehicles aren't branded, then it

may be that people in the community

don't actually know the services are

available."

Car ownership essential

to outer suburbs

The outer suburbs are the domain of

cars, with residents disadvantaged by a

lack of public transport.

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"We need to allow them to still go

shopping, still gain access to the

medical attention they need, and still

be members of society."

Mr Kaufman said the Gold Coast trial

sites were "well placed" for DRT.

"It might take you 10 or 15 minutes

to drive to your destination, to catch

a bus might take you 45 [minutes],"

he said.

Is DRT needed?

Mr Kaufman said emerging

alternatives to traditional public

transport were needed to reduce

congestion, with an over-reliance

on cars putting additional funding

pressure on governments to widen

or duplicate highways.

"People, for now, have a strong

connection to the car because we've

put so much into making it the

easiest way to get around," he said.

"We've continued pouring millions

and millions of dollars into road

expansions, which inevitably leads

to more congestion in the future, but

it's kind of a stop gap."

Mr Kaufman said governments

must "re-evaluate the underlining

assumptions" about how transport

could change when committing to

future infrastructure projects.

"There is definitely going to be

increased competition in this

market," he said.

"There could be a constriction

of operational viability for taxi

companies and Uber."

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COMING

SOON

Hyundai

cars

that can

WALK

just like in Star Wars

by Will Trinkwon

The Hyundai New Horizons Studio, in Silicon

Valley, California, will develop products for

customers “who have a need for travel in

unconventional and off-road terrain”.

Hyundai said that the studio, led by vice president

and former head of Hyundai’s Cradle robotics arm

Dr. John Suh and autonomous vehicle expert Dr.

Ernestine Fu, advances the company’s “vision to

shape the future of mobility and onboard forwardthinking,

innovative leadership from Silicon Valley

and other innovation hubs”.

The studio’s first task is the development of the

Hyundai Elevate, a car-cum-walker that was

revealed at 2019’s CES.

The vehicle is designed to be used by rescue

services in emergencies and natural disasters,

making use of four moveable legs to traverse

terrain inaccessible to traditional off-road vehicles.

Suh said: "Current rescue vehicles can only

deliver responders to the edge of the debris field.

They have to go the rest of the way by foot. [The]

Elevate can drive to the scene and climb right over

flood debris or crumbled concrete.”

At 2019’s CES, Hyundai also hinted that the

Elevate could be modified to serve as a city taxi.

Its legs would allow it to walk up steps dropping

and collecting passengers directly at their doors,

a feature which would help older or disabled

passengers.

The Elevate’s legs extend from a modular

electric vehicle platform and are capped with

independently-powered wheels. Alongside a 15-

foot track width, these allow the Elevate to move

with what Hyundai describes as “mammalian and

reptilian” strides.

A separate drive mode sees the legs fold up into

traditional wheels and allows the Elevate to reach

speeds of up to at least 70mph (112 km/h) while

driving like a normal car.

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UBER MUST HANDOVER

in-house legal team's emails

The Maurice Blackburn class

action against Uber Technologies

(Uber) was instigated by Rod

Barton MP and Transport Alliance

Director, André Baruch on behalf of

Melbourne, Sydney and Perth taxi

and hire car licence owners.

There is also a lawsuit filed against

Uber by the Sydney based company

behind ride-booking platform

GoCatch, Taxi Apps.

Both the class action and lawsuit

have accused Uber of conspiring

to illegally operate UberX in NSW,

Queensland and Western Australia

since April 2014, and in Victoria

since it was regulated in 2017.

Taxi Apps also claims that Uber’s

alleged illegal operation gave it

an unfair advantage when it first

appeared in the market, and that it

attempted to damage GoCatch by

using a spy software called Surfcam

to steal its data and drivers. Taxi

Apps is seeking compensation for

damages and loss to GoCatch as

well as GoCar, its own car service, a

direct competitor to UberX.

Uber has denied these allegations,

insisting Taxi Apps’ revenues were

already dropping before UberX

came into the market and any

other financial loss was caused by

changes in legislation.

The lead plaintiff of the class action

and lawsuit, Nicos Andrianakis

and Taxi Apps respectively, wanted

discovery (the court process of

providing the other side documents

relevant to the case) from Uber

illustrating the strategy it created

and actioned to establish itself in

Australia and demonstrating how

lawful or unlawful its actions have

been.

In a hearing on Wednesday 4

November in the Victoria Supreme

Court, Andrianakis' barrister Melanie

Szydzik of Maurice Blackburn,

voiced that these documents

were crucial, as they would hugely

support the allegations brought in

the class action proceedings.

Taxi Apps barrister Tony Bannon of

Corrs Chambers Westgarth, pointed

out that there was no question

lawyers played a considerable part

in deciding Uber’s strategy and the

four members of the in-house legal

team were holding documents that

would be significant in this case.

Uber lost its bid to keep its legal

team from handing over documents

as Justice Cameron Macaulay

ordered the email accounts of Uber’s

four senior lawyers be searched,

with relevant documents to go to

Andrianakis and Taxi Apps.

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ON-LINE

MUSIC

Melbourne Ensemble Photo: Theo Moustakas

Hamer Hall is lighting up with

MDCH collaboration

Arts Centre Melbourne is partnering

with Melbourne Digital Concert Hall

for MDCH's Hamer Hall Series –

presenting two days of world class

performances on November 25-26.

Four concerts over two days will

be broadcast live from the iconic

Hamer Hall, featuring a stellar lineup

that includes Ensemble Liaison,

the Melbourne Ensemble with

MSO Concertmaster Dale Barltrop,

violinist Wilma Smith and Friends,

plus MSO Concertmaster Sophie

Rowell and pianist Kristian Chong.

“It’s an incredible feeling to welcome

musicians back to our Hamer Hall

stage made even more poignant

as we mark 38 years since this

magnificent venue opened. This

collaboration with Melbourne Digital

Concert Hall will provide inspiration

to our state and sector as we take

each considered step towards reopening,”

said Arts Centre Melbourne

CEO, Claire Spencer AM.

“We’re thrilled to support

Melbourne Digital Concert Hall

who have assembled a world

class line-up and we hope the reintroduction

of events like this will

be a pre-cursor for many more to

come,” added Spencer.

The MDCH Hamer Hall Series will

be streamed live across four onehour

concerts on Wednesday 25

and Thursday 26 November 2020

7pm and 8:30pm.

“The MDCH Hamer Hall Series

is going to be four very special

concerts,” said Melbourne Digital

Concert Hall’s Co-Director Chris

Howlett.

Four-concert passes are $85, of

which $80 goes straight to the

artists and a $5 booking fee helps

cover transaction and streaming

costs. Single tickets are $24,

including a $4 booking fee.

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OVERSEAS

news

RANK DEAL: Taxi drivers must wear

face coverings at ALL TIMES

by Perry Richardson | www.taxi-point.co.uk

London’s taxi and private hire drivers should wear face

coverings AT ALL TIMES or face ‘licensing action’ if they

fail to comply, confirms the capital’s regulator.

The UK’s biggest taxi and private hire authority, Transport

for London (TfL), sent out a notice to drivers on Friday

25 September stating that they were ‘expected’ to wear

face coverings whilst working. Drivers found not to be

complying were to face ‘licensing action’.

TfL has since confirmed that drivers must wear face

coverings even when no passengers are travelling in the

vehicle or when a taxi is waiting for a fare on a cab rank.

The threat of licensing action comes despite the

Department for Transport (DfT) confirming that like all

transport workers, taxi drivers are not legally required to

wear a face covering while in their workplace. The DfT

did however strongly advise drivers to wear face masks

where possible.

Graham Robinson, TfL Taxi and Private Hire General

Manager, wrote in September: “The aim is to achieve high

rates of compliance with wearing face coverings, rather

than high rates of enforcement.

“We are pleased that the majority of drivers are already

complying with these clear instructions and Compliance

Officers will continue to engage with both drivers and

passengers.

“However, if a driver fails to comply, without a valid

exemption, it may result in licensing action.”

The threat of licensing action goes against the decision

taken by another major UK city. Liverpool City Council

confirmed that taxi drivers remain exempt from the legal

requirement after growing confusion within the industry.

Liverpool City Council (LCC) Licensing Manager, Kevin

Johnson, said: “For the avoidance of doubt this legal

requirement does not apply to the driver of the Hackney

Carriage or Private Hire Vehicle - the current Government

Guidance is that face covering should be worn by drivers

but this is advisory only and not a legal requirement.”

LCC Licensing were also quick to release a statement

stating that drivers will not be liable of an offence should

they carry a passenger not wearing a face mask.

For passengers the use of face coverings is now

mandatory. Relevant exemptions will continue to apply

for those with health, disability or other reasons in line

with the current face coverings on public transport

regulations.

The penalty for passengers failing to wear a face covering

will be £200 for a first offence, doubling each time to a

maximum fine of £6,400. This is in line with penalties for

breaking the rule of six.

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Caught on camera –

10,000 tailgaters spotted in

just two weeks

Almost 10,000 vehicles were caught

tailgating in the first two weeks of

new cameras being tested to clamp

down on the offence.

Highways England and police have

joined forces to tackle the offence

which is a factor in around one

in eight casualties on England’s

motorways and major A roads.

Soon, motorists caught tailgating

can expect to receive letters advising

them they were too close to another

vehicle and highlighting the dangers

of not leaving safe braking distances.

The clear message – stay safe, stay

back! – comes as new footage shows

the reality of tailgating.

Highways England’s Head of Road

Safety Jeremy Philips said, "These

new cameras have, sadly, highlighted

just how many people are driving too

close on our roads".

"We understand that most tailgating

is unintentional by drivers who are

simply unaware they are dangerously

invading someone else’s space. But

not leaving enough space between

you and the vehicle in front can be

very frightening and intimidating – it

could also prove fatal."

"We are trialling the new cameras

to make drivers aware of their

behaviour and encourage better

driving. We are also using the Space

Invader video game character as a

quick reminder to drivers of the risks

of tailgating."

Our message is simple – Don’t be a

Space Invader, Stay safe, stay back.

A survey for Highways England found

that while more than a quarter of

drivers admitted to tailgating, nearly

nine in 10 people said they have

either been tailgated or seen it.

Roads Minister Baroness Vere said,

"When people think of the causes of

road accidents, tailgating probably

isn’t one of them, but it’s one that

can have dangerous repercussions.

Highways England’s innovative plans

are already showing how serious

and reckless this behaviour is, and

through this campaign I hope we see

tailgating drop, making our roads,

already some of the safest in the

world, safer still."

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WANT WORK?

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CANBERRA ELITE TAXIS

Due to increased demand Canberra Elite Taxis is seeking more

drivers for Canberra’s biggest and most experienced taxi fleet.

Day, night and weekend shifts available. If you don’t already

have a valid ACT “T” condition on your licence we can help

you through the process quickly and efficiently. For more

information please email feedback@aerialcg.com or call our

Office on (02) 6126 1500.

OWN YOUR OWN BUSINESS AS A TAXI OPERATOR

Are you a taxi driver looking to become your own boss and

work for yourself? If you are, talk to us about leasing a taxi

plate and working with Canberra’s biggest taxi fleet. We will

help you through the process of becoming an accredited

taxi operator and starting out in your own business. Contact

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NEW SOUTH WALES

DRIVERS WANTED - WOLLONGONG

LOOKING FOR A CAREER CHANGE?

This could be an opportunity for you to join the team at the

Illawarra Taxi Network. Become your own boss, working

flexible hours, full time, part time or casual. Full training and

assistance with your application is available. Must have a full

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QUEENSLAND

SUNCOAST CAB DRIVERS

Covering from Noosa to Caloundra & Hinterland. Main

duty is passenger pick up & drop off. Suncoast Cabs

service 250+ account clients which may involve delivery

of items. Experience is gained on the job. A 3-day

training session is mandatory. Call Glenn 0438 517 500.

WANTED URGENTLY - MAXI WEEKEND DRIVERS

Over the last 6 weeks, we have had very few maxi vehicles

out during the Weekend days and this has put a huge

strain on the guys who are out there. If you can help out

contact Kel at Suncoast Cabs on (07) 5441 8888.

DAY AND NIGHT DRIVERS - BUNDABERG

Must have held an Australian Driver's Licence for 3 years

minimum. Must be able to pass a medical test, a 5 year

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Drivers wanted full time or part time in Morley and Perth.

Contact Tuna Guclu on 0419 484 666.

PERTH DRIVER - BLACK & WHITE CABS

Day Shifts (5-7 days). Please call Georgina on (08) 9230

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MANDURAH TAXIS DRIVERS

All shifts available, especially nights, weekends and

wheelchair bus drivers. Flexible hours - work to suit your

lifestyle. Good income and all training provided free.

Call (08) 9581 8999.

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Night/Day/Weekend shifts are available. Ring Zafar on

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Want to try regional living?

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Immediate vacancy is available for a Minibus Taxi

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