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MAY <strong>2021</strong> - EDITION 45<br />

TAXI<br />

National<br />

Magazine<br />

Taxis, Hire Cars,<br />

Wedding Cars,<br />

Limousines<br />

Owners, Drivers,<br />

Partners, Operators<br />

Suppliers, Networks,<br />

Booking Service<br />

Providers


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community and offering solutions for our nation’s transport issues.<br />

2020 was a challenging year, but thankfully with the help of our members, new<br />

and existing, we officially reregistered with the Victorian Electoral Commission,<br />

and this year we are ready to continue focusing on achieving an overall fairer<br />

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WHAT’S INSIDE<br />

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QUEENSLAND<br />

8<br />

12 Zero taxi licences to be issued in <strong>2021</strong>/22.<br />

14<br />

22<br />

24<br />

WAT grant scheme provides assistance of up to<br />

$45,000.<br />

NSW<br />

Taxi industry helps Veterans to participate in the<br />

<strong>2021</strong> ANZAC Day March.<br />

18 Get to know Jennifer Moon.<br />

VICTORIA<br />

Bicycle riders must be given space to ride<br />

safely.<br />

‘Laughable’ Greens motion receives no support<br />

in the Upper House.<br />

25 Touting - it’s no laughing matter.<br />

26 Wedding Car Association - 40th Birthday.<br />

SOUTH AUS.<br />

30 Deregistered drivers’ numbers are surging.<br />

WESTERN AUS.<br />

31 TWU calls for penalties for antisocial behaviour.<br />

NATIONAL<br />

22 How to check your tyres are safe.<br />

40 Why you should get vaccinated against COVID-19.<br />

OVERSEAS<br />

32 Wellington taxi company pulled up for ‘cartel conduct’.<br />

33 Uber and Lyft are employees.<br />

34 Largest taxi charging hub in the Nordics opens.<br />

39 Dubai’s driverless taxis are coming soon.<br />

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4 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong>


Your one and only Australian industry<br />

magazine has had a name change!<br />

<strong>DRIVE</strong> <strong>NOW</strong> - Voice of the Australian Commercial<br />

Passenger Transport Industry.<br />

For 51 years (from <strong>May</strong> 1966 - April 2017) our magazine<br />

was known as Taxi Talk - Voice of the Victorian Taxi<br />

Industry.<br />

Back in <strong>May</strong> 2017 we rebranded the magazine to be<br />

<strong>DRIVE</strong> A2B in light of the fact that the passenger<br />

transport industry is no longer only about taxis. We<br />

found that we were reporting on news for taxis, hire<br />

cars, limousine services and rideshare entities.<br />

However, late 2017, Cabcharge Australia also had a<br />

name change — becoming A2B Australia.<br />

Subsequently over the past four years there has<br />

been some confusion as to whether we are a part of,<br />

affiliated with, or representative of A2B Australia, and<br />

this continues today.<br />

To make it easy for everyone and to stop the<br />

misconception, we have decided to have a small name<br />

change and our magazine will now be called <strong>DRIVE</strong><br />

<strong>NOW</strong>.<br />

<strong>DRIVE</strong> <strong>NOW</strong> will continue to fill the niche required as<br />

the only Australian magazine to report on news of the<br />

commercial passenger transport industry both within<br />

Australia and overseas, when it happens and as it<br />

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We hope that you continue to read the news now that<br />

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FROM THE<br />

Editor<br />

Is Victoria speeding<br />

towards Electric Vehicles<br />

too quickly?<br />

Subsequent to the Andrews Government $100 million plan to support electric vehicles (EV), it announced<br />

that it will provide 20,000 subsidies (a benefit given to an individual or group usually as a cash payment<br />

or a tax reduction) of up to $3,000 a piece for EVs, in conjunction with an EV tax. The Government’s<br />

intentions are to rise the prevalence of EVs in Victoria from 0.1% to 50% by 2030.<br />

However, despite the Andrews Government’s good intentions of introducing an EV tax in Victoria, NSW<br />

Transport Minister Andrew Constance has concerns that implementing an EV tax too early could impede<br />

the take-up of EVs. He vociferates a range of issues associated with having an EV tax when such a small<br />

percentage of EVs are in the car market. Constance suggests that Victoria should wait until EVs make up<br />

40 to 50% of the car market, otherwise they will be a “laughing-stock of the world”.<br />

He also outlined how the Andrews Government has not considered proper incentives – like car parks<br />

with charging stations, infrastructure, and waiving of stamp duty – and how the full plethora of<br />

opportunities for EVs have not been contemplated. Though it is important to note that he does not,<br />

at all, disregard the potential of the idea. Constance concludes that with more thought and decisionmaking,<br />

Victoria would be able to make the most out of their idea.<br />

Constance said the NSW Government would be four to five years away from imposing any tax on the<br />

technology or risk killing off any large-scale uptake, adding that Victoria had been “burned” by rushing<br />

into a tax too quickly.<br />

Ultimately his viewpoint brings us to question the Andrews Government’s judgement. Even though the<br />

Government claims that it will spend $19 million on new charging stations, and $10 million on expanding<br />

the Government EV fleet, has there been proper thought? Have they asked themselves, where EV<br />

charging stations would be most useful and accessible? Who would receive a subsidy? Would mechanics<br />

need to gain further education on EVs?<br />

So, whilst the road for EVs is definitely promising, it is still going to be a long drive before Victoria<br />

reaches its destination.<br />

Toni Peters<br />

6 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong>


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QLD News<br />

WAT grant<br />

scheme<br />

PROVIDES ASSISTANCE<br />

OF UP TO $45,000<br />

8 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong>


QUEENSLAND news<br />

Applications for the Wheelchair<br />

Accessible Taxi Grant Scheme are<br />

now open.<br />

The assistance available is up to 50<br />

per cent of the costs associated<br />

with acquiring a new Wheelchair<br />

Accessible Taxi (WAT) up to a<br />

maximum of $45,000.<br />

Grant funding is available to assist<br />

with the purchase of a new vehicle<br />

and the purchase and install of<br />

wheelchair accessibility devices for<br />

that same vehicle.<br />

Owners and operators may be<br />

eligible for reimbursement of costs<br />

associated with purchasing and<br />

modifying a WAT if the new vehicle<br />

began providing a taxi service on<br />

or after 1 July 2019 and meets the<br />

eligibility criteria.<br />

To be eligible for assistance, all<br />

wheelchair accessibility devices<br />

must be purchased new. Any reused<br />

equipment will not be eligible.<br />

All approved WATs are required<br />

to start providing WAT services<br />

within three months after<br />

receiving a grant under the<br />

scheme.<br />

If an owner or operator has<br />

multiple WATs they can make<br />

applications for each vehicle if<br />

they meet the criteria.<br />

To be eligible for assistance if<br />

replacing a current WAT vehicle,<br />

it must be at least 6 years old,<br />

have an odometer reading of at<br />

least 800,000kms and repairs<br />

with an estimated cost of $10,000<br />

determined in writing by a<br />

mechanic, panel beater or other<br />

relevant tradesperson.<br />

If applying before you commence<br />

replacement activities, you will<br />

need to submit a quote for costs<br />

associated with acquiring a new<br />

wheelchair accessible taxi vehicle.<br />

In obtaining quotes you are<br />

required to take reasonable<br />

steps to achieve value for money<br />

in acquiring a new wheelchair<br />

accessible taxi.<br />

The current round will remain<br />

open until 30 June <strong>2021</strong> or until<br />

funding is fully allocate, and<br />

subsequent funding rounds<br />

will run until 30 June 2023, and<br />

subsequent funding rounds will<br />

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<strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

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ZERO taxi<br />

licences<br />

TO BE ISSUED IN <strong>2021</strong>/22<br />

On 30 March <strong>2021</strong>, Transport for<br />

NSW (TfNSW) determined the<br />

number of Taxi licences to be<br />

issued in the year commencing on<br />

1 July <strong>2021</strong>:<br />

• Zero Taxi licences to be issued<br />

for Sydney (the Metropolitan<br />

Transport District).<br />

• Zero Taxi licences to be issued<br />

for areas of NSW outside<br />

the Metropolitan Transport<br />

District.<br />

Due to the economic impacts of<br />

COVID-19, TfNSW determined not<br />

to issue Taxi licences at this time.<br />

The pandemic has had significant<br />

economic impacts – travel<br />

restrictions, social distancing<br />

measures and periodic lockdowns.<br />

This has, in turn, had an impact<br />

on the point-to-point transport<br />

industry overall, including Taxis,<br />

adversely impacting overall<br />

demand for services. The number<br />

of Taxi licence plates on hold grew<br />

significantly in 2020.<br />

The majority of submissions<br />

received throughout the<br />

stakeholder feedback process<br />

were also in favour of not<br />

releasing any further licences<br />

at this time due to insufficient<br />

demand.<br />

TfNSW may make multiple<br />

determinations after making its<br />

first determination for a year.<br />

TfNSW will continue to monitor<br />

the demand for Taxi licences<br />

throughout the year to inform<br />

whether a further determination is<br />

warranted.<br />

12 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong>


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NEW SOUTH WALES news<br />

Taxi industry<br />

helps Veterans<br />

TO PARTICIPATE IN THE<br />

<strong>2021</strong> ANZAC DAY MARCH<br />

Member networks of the NSW Taxi Council – GM Cabs, RSL Cabs,<br />

Legion Cabs, Premier Cabs and Manly Cabs – as well as the Taxi<br />

services of Infinite Cabs, Tuk Tuk Taxis and WAV Cabs, together<br />

with our partner RSL NSW, had the honour and privilege of<br />

transporting 30 of our respected Veterans for the Anzac Day<br />

commemorations on Sunday 25 April <strong>2021</strong>.<br />

The Taxis transported the Veterans from their respective<br />

residence to the Form Up Area for the Anzac Day march on<br />

Elizabeth Street in the Sydney CBD.<br />

Talking about the significance of Anzac Day, Mr Albert Collins,<br />

a 105 year old World War II Veteran transported in a Taxi to the<br />

march said “Anzac Day Commemorations are about Camaraderie<br />

– of all the men and women that I met, when Australia was in<br />

need of our support. The people I met; I have great respect for.<br />

Our country people are valuable, and I found that, in times of<br />

trouble, they stick with you.”<br />

Mr Collins further added “My journey in Taxis to the march was<br />

beautiful. For me, getting to the march is much better now than<br />

before. I now find it easier and more comfortable. The driver<br />

took good care of me. Getting a Taxi back home has also been a<br />

better experience.”<br />

Mr Collins was transported from his residence in Bankstown to<br />

the march by Legion Cabs driver, Mr Mahmoud Youseff.<br />

Taxis play a vital role in helping many Veterans attend and<br />

take part in the march. For many of our Veterans, Taxis may be<br />

the only means of being able to attend and participate due to<br />

mobility and accessibility challenges they may be enduring. It<br />

allows these senior Veterans to conserve their strength so that<br />

14 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong>


NEW SOUTH WALES news<br />

they are able to pay their respects<br />

during the march to their past<br />

comrades. Taxis have been used<br />

to transport Veterans who have<br />

suffered physical disability as a<br />

result of their war service for many<br />

decades.<br />

The NSW Taxi Council said, ''Anzac<br />

Day provides an opportunity for<br />

stakeholders in the Taxi Industry<br />

to say thank you to all those who<br />

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have served – past and present –<br />

as well as providing an opportunity<br />

to “give back” as a small token<br />

of our appreciation to those who<br />

serve and have served. Whilst we<br />

are extremely honoured to help all<br />

Veterans being transported to the<br />

march, Mr Collins brings another<br />

element to this honour, being the<br />

eldest Veteran to take part in the<br />

march. We were also proud to<br />

transport 103 year old Veteran, Ms<br />

<strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

Iris Terry, who attended the march<br />

for her first time, arriving in a GM<br />

Cab London Taxi, driven by Mr Ian<br />

Martin Brown."<br />

The NSW Taxi Industry is very<br />

proud of the long-standing<br />

partnership with RSL NSW.<br />

The NSW Taxi Council and RSL<br />

NSW have worked together for<br />

many decades to transport our<br />

respected Veterans.<br />

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NEW SOUTH WALES news<br />

<strong>2021</strong> ANZAC DAY MARCH<br />

continued from previous page<br />

RSL NSW said “We are greatly<br />

appreciative of the effort made<br />

by the Taxi Industry in making<br />

such a successful activity for these<br />

Veterans. ANZAC Day is the most<br />

important day of the year for<br />

our Veterans. It not only allows<br />

them to acknowledge those who<br />

paid the supreme sacrifice, it also<br />

allows them to reconnect and<br />

enjoy the benefits that come with<br />

a common bond forged through<br />

their service in the ADF.”<br />

RSL NSW further added, “The<br />

support provided to our WWII<br />

Veterans by the Taxi industry<br />

was essential in providing a<br />

comfortable and safe journey into<br />

the march.”<br />

“The continuing support shown by<br />

the Taxi Industry recognises these<br />

traditions and ensures that many<br />

Veterans who would otherwise not<br />

be able to come into the March<br />

are able to pay their respects and<br />

be recognised for their service to<br />

this country.”<br />

The NSW Taxi Industry<br />

understands the need to continue<br />

to support our Veterans and<br />

acknowledges their unique role<br />

in providing for the freedoms and<br />

liberty we enjoy in Australia today.<br />

Rain, hail or sunshine – NSW<br />

Taxis will get you there safely,<br />

comfortably and with the utmost<br />

respect.<br />

16 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong>


MAY <strong>2021</strong> - EDITION 45<br />

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NEW SOUTH WALES news<br />

Jennifer Moon<br />

Principal Advisor, Access and Stakeholder<br />

Engagement, COMS, Guide Dogs<br />

Jennifer Moon is a qualified<br />

Orientation and Mobility (O&M)<br />

Specialist and has worked in<br />

the field for almost 30 years<br />

teaching people with low vision<br />

or blindness how to travel around<br />

their communities safely and<br />

independently.<br />

Her work with Guide Dogs<br />

organisations across Australia,<br />

including communities on<br />

Queensland’s Cape York<br />

Peninsula and Thursday Island,<br />

and in outback NSW, has given<br />

her fantastic opportunities and<br />

experience working with people<br />

of all ages and abilities. Her<br />

international experience includes<br />

extensive work and teaching in the<br />

United Kingdom and also Russia<br />

(Siberia).<br />

In her current role with Guide Dogs<br />

NSW/ACT, Jennifer offers advice<br />

and information on the access<br />

needs and rights of people who<br />

are blind or who have low vision.<br />

She liaises with various corporate<br />

stakeholders and regularly<br />

conducts education and training<br />

programs with many community<br />

industries.<br />

Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Arts<br />

(Disability Studies) and a Master<br />

of Cognitive Science, and is a<br />

qualified Access Consultant.<br />

18 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong>


NEW SOUTH WALES news<br />

7 questions<br />

TO GET TO K<strong>NOW</strong> JENNIFER MOON<br />

1. What’s a typical day like for you?<br />

What I love about my work with Guide Dogs<br />

NSW/ACT is that I DON’T have a typical work<br />

day! My current role is to work with external<br />

stakeholders to help improve access, and<br />

to ensure people who are blind or have low<br />

vision can maintain their independence when<br />

navigating their physical environment and the<br />

services utilised within it.<br />

One day I could be providing training to Taxi<br />

drivers, the next I could be providing a quote<br />

to media about access issues or education<br />

campaigns.<br />

2. Do you have any skills or talents that<br />

most people don’t know about?<br />

I grew up on a farm so I know how to ride<br />

motorbikes, drive a tractor and work in a<br />

shearing shed!<br />

3. Finish this sentence. On Sunday<br />

mornings, you can usually find me...<br />

In a sunny spot catching up on the week’s news,<br />

reading the newspaper.<br />

4. When you were 10 years old, what did<br />

you want to be when you grew up?<br />

I wanted to see more of the world. However,<br />

as a 10-year-old, I never envisaged that I would<br />

end up travelling to so many countries (60+)<br />

and continents (6 out of 7), and live and work<br />

overseas.<br />

5. What do you think are the best skills<br />

that you bring to your job?<br />

I love meeting people and learning more<br />

about them! I also love catching up with old<br />

friends. That’s why I love working with external<br />

stakeholders such as Taxi Council. The drivers<br />

come from all walks of life and have such rich<br />

and diverse backgrounds.<br />

6. What’s a goal you have for yourself that<br />

you want to accomplish in the next year?<br />

I’m really driven by my passion to ensure that<br />

people who are blind or have low vision are<br />

given the same opportunities and access as<br />

everyone else. Working closer with Taxi Council<br />

and drivers to help improve the Taxi service for<br />

everyone. Being a member of the newly formed<br />

Taxi Council Disability Advisory Committee is a<br />

good start.<br />

7. What would be your personal motto?<br />

Live life to the fullest (you never know what is<br />

around the corner) and be kind to others.<br />

www.drivenow-magazine.com.au<br />

<strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

19


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he world, no matter what<br />

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VIC News<br />

Bicycle<br />

riders<br />

MUST BE GIVEN SPACE<br />

TO RIDE SAFELY<br />

22 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong>


VICTORIAN LAW FINALLY CATCHING UP<br />

WITH THE REST OF AUSTRALIA<br />

In Victoria, it is now law to give<br />

bicycle riders sufficient space<br />

on the road so they can ride<br />

safely. This law has already been<br />

successfully implemented in every<br />

other Australian state and territory.<br />

Whatever the reason for riding,<br />

whether it be for recreation, sport,<br />

health, fitness or mere transport,<br />

riders share the road equally with<br />

drivers and motorcyclists, and<br />

deserve to be respected and safe<br />

just like everyone else.<br />

There are more than 1 million<br />

people of all ages who ride a bike<br />

each week in Victoria. Hence,<br />

this new rule of providing a safe<br />

distance between your vehicle<br />

and a bicycle rider can aid in<br />

significantly reducing the risk of a<br />

crash – something this simple can<br />

make all the difference in ensuring<br />

all parties get home safely.<br />

Did you know that a person riding<br />

a bike on the road is 34 times more<br />

likely than vehicle occupants to be<br />

seriously injured in a crash?<br />

Riders are 4.5 times more likely to<br />

be killed in a crash – making them<br />

one of the most vulnerable road<br />

users.<br />

As you can imagine, in a collision<br />

between a bicycle rider and<br />

vehicle, the rider is more likely to<br />

be seriously injured or killed due<br />

to the vehicle’s larger mass and<br />

speed.<br />

The new law states that when<br />

approaching and passing a bicycle<br />

rider, drivers and motorcyclists<br />

need to slow down and give:<br />

- At least a 1 metre space in speed<br />

zones up to 60km/h<br />

- At least a 1.5 metres space in<br />

speed zones over 60km/h.<br />

This still applies to riders in a<br />

bicycle lane; sometimes riders will<br />

be closer to the edge of the lane in<br />

order to keep clear of opening car<br />

doors or ‘dooring’.<br />

A few tips on keeping riders safe<br />

are to check your blindspots and<br />

to take the time to check for riders<br />

especially at intersections and<br />

when turning left or right.<br />

Penalties apply if drivers do not<br />

abide by the new law. Those<br />

who do not comply will receive<br />

a maximum court penalty of<br />

10 penalty units ($1,652) or an<br />

immediate infringement penalty<br />

of 2 penalty units ($330). An<br />

improper overtaking offence or<br />

passing offence incurs 2 demerit<br />

points. This is the same as current<br />

penalties for overtaking a vehicle<br />

without leaving enough distance.<br />

www.drivenow-magazine.com.au<br />

<strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

23


VICTORIA news<br />

‘Laughable’<br />

Greens motion<br />

TO CHANGE THE GROUP VOTING<br />

TICKET, RECEIVES NO SUPPORT IN<br />

UPPER HOUSE<br />

Earlier this month the Leader of the Victorian Greens,<br />

Samantha Ratnam, put forward a motion to change the way<br />

that Victorian Parliament’s Legislative Council (aka Upper<br />

House) is elected.<br />

The motion received<br />

only one vote in<br />

favour, by Dr Ratnam<br />

herself.<br />

The Group Voting Ticket (GVT), as part of the 2006 reforms,<br />

makes it difficult for a single party to have control of the<br />

Upper House and diversifies the political party pool to better<br />

represent Victorians as a whole.<br />

“This means that if your chosen candidate does not get the<br />

numbers, your vote won’t end there. You can choose whom<br />

the vote goes to after that, or you can let the candidate decide<br />

for you,” says Rod Barton, Transport Matters Party Leader.<br />

Mr Barton believes the Greens attempt to get rid of the GVT is<br />

not only hypocritical but also stems from pure self-interest.<br />

Rod Barton MLC<br />

Leader, Transport Matters Party<br />

“You need only look at this motion to see the Greens’<br />

true priorities. Ms Ratnam can bring only two motions to<br />

parliament this year. She has chosen, that rather than uplift<br />

the vulnerable, free refugees or mitigate climate change, that<br />

she would rather waste a whole motion attempting to distort<br />

our democracy.”<br />

“I wear my vote as a badge of honour,” says Rod. “The Group<br />

24 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong>


VICTORIA news<br />

Voting Ticket is for the little guy,<br />

it is the check and balance that<br />

corrects the super-planners and<br />

bureaucrats, and I will continue<br />

to perform this role with pride,<br />

respect and humility.”<br />

Mr Barton, along with other<br />

members of the crossbench, also<br />

pointed to the fact that when the<br />

Greens had five members elected<br />

to the Upper House in 2014, they<br />

did not think the system worth<br />

changing then.<br />

It is not surprising that not one<br />

other member of the Upper House<br />

supported this motion. Even<br />

the government recognises the<br />

importance of the crossbench<br />

Touting<br />

IT’S NO LAUGHING MATTER<br />

in providing robust debate and<br />

better policy outcomes.<br />

Mr Barton will continue to<br />

fight for the little guy, hold the<br />

government to account, and it<br />

should be noted that 22.1% of<br />

Victorians did not vote for the<br />

major parties in Victoria in 2018.<br />

A crackdown on touting is ongoing<br />

at Melbourne Airport, designed to<br />

deter offenders from this activity<br />

which has been illegal in Victoria<br />

since 2019.<br />

Touting and the advertising of<br />

commercial passenger vehicle<br />

services by non permit holders is<br />

an offence.<br />

Anyone who approaches potential<br />

customers directly, or holds up a<br />

sign offering services, is breaking<br />

the law and can face fines of up to<br />

$10,000.<br />

Online advertising of cash-forrides,<br />

where unregistered drivers<br />

offer rides through social media<br />

platforms such as Facebook<br />

Groups and Airtasker, is also<br />

deemed to be a form of touting<br />

and is illegal.<br />

The offence of touting was reintroduced<br />

into the Commercial<br />

Passenger Vehicle Industry Act<br />

as a direct response to touting<br />

amendments tabled to the<br />

Transport Legislation Bill in 2019 by<br />

Transport Matters Party Leader,<br />

Rod Barton MP.<br />

“This legislation and the<br />

penalties involved send a very<br />

strong message to the industry<br />

that touting is not acceptable<br />

behaviour and with fines of almost<br />

$10,000 for individuals and $50,000<br />

for a body corporate it’s not a<br />

mistake touts are likely to make<br />

twice,” said Mr Barton.<br />

Since the reopening of Victoria’s<br />

airports after many months of<br />

lockdown and border closures, it<br />

appears that touting has become<br />

rampant once again.<br />

CPVV enforcement officers will<br />

be out in full force, ensuring CPV<br />

drivers and passengers are aware<br />

of touting laws and compliance.<br />

In this joint operation with<br />

Melbourne Airport and the<br />

Australian Federal Police (AFP),<br />

CPVV enforcement officers will<br />

be monitoring and recording<br />

activities, as well as issuing fines.<br />

www.drivenow-magazine.com.au<br />

<strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

25


VICTORIA news<br />

WCA 40<br />

YEARS<br />

AND STILL GOING<br />

STRONG<br />

The Wedding Car Association of<br />

Victoria (WCA) was established<br />

over 40 years ago to bring<br />

together a number of wedding<br />

car and hire car operators with a<br />

common goal — to provide the<br />

very best service to clients who<br />

would like the pleasure of riding<br />

in special cars such as Vintage,<br />

Classic, Limousines, Hot Rods and<br />

more.<br />

In the early days, wedding cars<br />

were supplied by Dads, Uncles or<br />

taxis, but people soon realised<br />

they could become a business.<br />

The Government wanted the hire<br />

car industry regulated to control<br />

the number of licences being<br />

issued so it formed a Tribunal.<br />

As more people wanted to get<br />

into the hire car industry, to our<br />

dismay, the Government put us<br />

under the control of the Victorian<br />

Taxi Directorate. We were not and<br />

are not taxis; we are professional<br />

wedding and hire car operators.<br />

Originally, WCA was known as the<br />

Special Vehicle Hire Association.<br />

As times changed, the association<br />

became the Wedding Car<br />

Association of Victoria with its<br />

distinctive identifiable logo. The<br />

logo is used on members’ websites<br />

and stickers on their vehicles.<br />

All WCA members abide by a<br />

Code of Ethics which covers<br />

Government licensing of both<br />

vehicles and drivers, and<br />

insurances. This accords the public<br />

with a level of confidence that the<br />

quality of vehicles and service will<br />

be provided by professional and<br />

reliable operators — not hobbyists<br />

of classic and modern cars who<br />

offer a second-rate unlicensed<br />

illegal service.<br />

One of WCA’s objectives is that<br />

if a member is unable to fulfill<br />

a wedding or commitment,<br />

they know they can call on or<br />

recommend another member to<br />

help.<br />

WCA has a great website where<br />

all members’ vehicles are listed<br />

in various categories. Our cars<br />

range from Vintage to Modern to<br />

Stretch.<br />

Last year through COVID-19, the<br />

WCA committee worked hard to<br />

keep the members together as<br />

much as possible through Zoom<br />

meetings and emails.<br />

This year WCA celebrated its 40th<br />

year anniversary with a dinner,<br />

with past presidents and members<br />

in attendance.<br />

WCA meets bimonthly to discuss<br />

and share current issues that<br />

may arise and to discuss ways of<br />

furthering members’ individual<br />

businesses.<br />

Members are represented at all<br />

Government forums through<br />

WCA, Transport Alliance Australia<br />

and Rod Barton MP. We have<br />

many concerns and queries which<br />

we have asked of the current<br />

regulator and we shall keep you<br />

updated as these progress.<br />

26 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong>


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HOW TO CHECK YOUR<br />

TYRES ARE SAFE<br />

Most Australians don’t know when to replace their car<br />

tyres or why tyre tread depth is so important. Here’s how<br />

to check that your tyres are ok.<br />

Many drivers don’t check their tyres and rely on the mechanic or<br />

wait until something goes wrong to know that the tyres are not<br />

safe. To keep safe, you really need to get into a habit of checking<br />

your tyres regularly.<br />

Whether you drive a sports car or SUV, the condition of your tyres<br />

is more influential in the way your car grips the road than almost<br />

anything else. We’ve all seen those ads on TV talking about how<br />

there’s only a hand-heel-amount of rubber (otherwise known as<br />

‘contact patch’) on the road per tyre, so it pays to make sure you’ve<br />

got as much ‘meat’ on your tyres as possible.<br />

See, while cars these days are loaded down with sophisticated<br />

traction and stability controls, autonomous emergency braking,<br />

lane-keeping assist and more, none of it matters a jot if you don’t<br />

have any grip left on your tyres.<br />

Checking your tyres<br />

regularly<br />

Check the air pressure in your car’s tyres<br />

at least once a month (or before a big<br />

trip) and preferably with an air pressure<br />

gauge, and check the spare too. You<br />

can buy one for under $20 and keep it in<br />

your car.<br />

The manufacturer’s air pressure<br />

specifications are usually on a placard<br />

on the inside edge of the driver’s door<br />

or along a door jamb.<br />

Improper wheel alignment can also


cause your tyres to wear unevenly<br />

and prematurely. You should<br />

be able to feel a slight tugging<br />

through the steering wheel if your<br />

car’s wheels are out of alignment.<br />

Some recommend using coins, but<br />

it’s cheaper and easier just go to<br />

your local automotive retail store<br />

and buy a tyre tread depth gauge.<br />

A basic gauge will cost you less<br />

than $10. If you do use a gauge,<br />

don’t just check one of your tyres,<br />

check them all, and don’t just<br />

check the tyres in one spot, check<br />

them in several areas.<br />

What causes tyre<br />

wear?<br />

Beyond just general use, there<br />

are a couple of things that can<br />

lead to premature tyre wear, like<br />

improper inflation of your vehicle’s<br />

tyres.<br />

If the tyre is under - or overinflated<br />

then it’s not able to properly do<br />

the job it was designed to do and<br />

so can end up wearing unevenly or<br />

too quickly due to improper stress.<br />

What’s the legal<br />

minimum tread<br />

depth?<br />

than this, you’re endangering your<br />

own life and the lives of those<br />

around you.<br />

With each loss of tread depth<br />

your tyre’s functionality is being<br />

reduced, meaning its ability to<br />

shed water is reduced, its grip<br />

is reduced, and thus braking<br />

distances increase. Travelling at<br />

around 80km/h on brand new<br />

tyres on a wet road will see most<br />

cars pull up in around 100m;<br />

halve the tread and this stopping<br />

distance blows out to around<br />

120m; wear your tyres down to<br />

1.5mm and your stopping distance<br />

will be nudging closer to 140m.<br />

What’s the point of<br />

tyre tread?<br />

Beyond helping your tyre grip the<br />

road, the grooves on your tyre<br />

are designed to help shed water<br />

from a wet road as effectively as<br />

possible, or, if it’s a four-wheel<br />

drive tyre, the tread might even<br />

have grooves designed to flick<br />

mud out of the tread or have grip<br />

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Deregistered<br />

drivers’<br />

NUMBERS ARE SURGING<br />

By Elizabeth Henson<br />

The number of South Australian<br />

bus, taxi and rideshare drivers<br />

and operators who have had<br />

their accreditation suspended or<br />

revoked has increased ten-fold,<br />

from 53 to 557, over the past three<br />

years.<br />

The huge increase has been<br />

attributed to expired medical<br />

clearances and drivers losing their<br />

licenses for flouting road rules.<br />

Meanwhile, the SA Taxi Council<br />

is calling for rideshare vehicles<br />

to have CCTV cameras installed,<br />

in line with taxi standards, to<br />

improve safety for drivers and<br />

passengers.<br />

Figures from the Transport<br />

Department’s 2019/20 annual<br />

report, show 239 drivers and<br />

operators were suspended<br />

while 318 had their accreditation<br />

revoked and disqualified for a<br />

period of time during the year.<br />

This represents a large surge in<br />

reprimands compared to 2018/19,<br />

when 102 drivers and operators<br />

were suspended and 90 lost their<br />

accreditation, and an even steeper<br />

rise compared to 2017/18 when<br />

there were only 34 suspensions<br />

and 19 accreditation losses.<br />

The figures refer to all passenger<br />

transport accreditations, including<br />

drivers and operators/owners,<br />

some of whom do not drive.<br />

The Transport Department says<br />

it does not keep records on the<br />

type of accreditation a penalised<br />

person held.<br />

A Department spokesman said the<br />

safety of fare-paying passengers<br />

and other road users was<br />

“paramount”.<br />

He said the increase in<br />

accreditation suspensions and<br />

revocations was not unexpected<br />

given there had been a rise in the<br />

number of drivers and operations<br />

in the passenger transport<br />

industry.<br />

He said the surge in temporary<br />

suspensions mainly related to<br />

administrative matters, such<br />

as expiry of annual medical<br />

clearances.<br />

“Additionally, there has been<br />

a portion of accreditation<br />

suspensions due a loss of licence<br />

through demerit points or other<br />

factors,” the spokesman said.<br />

Most of the accreditation<br />

revocations related to drivers<br />

moving interstate because they<br />

cannot hold SA accreditation if<br />

they live outside of the state, the<br />

spokesman said.<br />

SA Taxi Council president John<br />

Trainer believed the increase was<br />

due to growth within the local<br />

Rideshare industry.<br />

“The taxi industry is always<br />

determined to try to maintain its<br />

standards and doesn’t tolerate<br />

those who perform badly,” he<br />

said.<br />

Transport Minister Corey Wingard<br />

said the Government was<br />

considering reforming taxi and<br />

rideshare regulations and was<br />

currently considering feedback<br />

from the industry.<br />

“Part of that is considering safety<br />

measures for both drivers and<br />

passengers,” he said.<br />

30 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong>


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TWU calls<br />

FOR PENALTIES FOR<br />

ANTISOCIAL BEHAVIOUR<br />

by Caitlyn Rintoul<br />

WA’s transport union has called<br />

for tougher penalties to protect<br />

taxi and rideshare drivers after<br />

shocking footage emerged of a<br />

man jumping on to a moving car<br />

in Northbridge.<br />

The footage shows the man<br />

stepping in front of a Swan Taxi<br />

vehicle as it pulled out of the<br />

Aberdeen Street and William<br />

Street intersection before<br />

leaping onto the bonnet and<br />

running across the car.<br />

“There needs to be tougher<br />

laws put in place. Whether it’s<br />

a taxi or bus driver, we need to<br />

strengthen the laws.”<br />

“You can’t use the current laws<br />

around antisocial behaviour, for<br />

(transport workers) there needs<br />

to be separate penalties. It’s the<br />

only way to deter them.”<br />

“If he landed on the taxi and<br />

damaged it, the taxi (driver)<br />

would likely foot the bill — he’d<br />

get a slap on the wrist.”<br />

He said drivers were “on the<br />

front line” and constantly faced<br />

threats just for doing their job<br />

each day.<br />

Friends can be heard laughing<br />

at his dangerous stunt along<br />

with his other antics, which<br />

include stopping drivers to ask<br />

for their driver’s licence.<br />

The footage prompted<br />

Transport Workers Union WA<br />

branch secretary Tim Dawson<br />

to call for an end to antisocial<br />

behaviour towards drivers<br />

and more protection from the<br />

State Government.<br />

“He’s just an idiot. At the end<br />

of the day, think of what could<br />

have gone wrong,” he said.<br />

www.drivenow-magazine.com.au<br />

<strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

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NEW SOUTH WALES news<br />

overseas news<br />

Wellington taxi company pulled<br />

up for ‘cartel conduct’<br />

The Commerce Commission is taking a Wellington taxi<br />

company to the High Court for alleged price-fixing.<br />

by Radio New Zealand<br />

NEW ZEALAND — The market<br />

watchdog claimed that Hutt &<br />

City Taxis Limited breached the<br />

Commerce Act in September<br />

2020 by reaching an agreement<br />

with two competing taxi firms to<br />

fix a minimum fare of $25 from<br />

Wellington Airport.<br />

“It’s alleged the fare was<br />

implemented through the<br />

distribution of stickers displaying<br />

the minimum charge to be placed<br />

on taxi vehicles,” the commission<br />

said.<br />

The conduct ceased in November,<br />

after which an investigation was<br />

launched, the commission said.<br />

It also claimed the company<br />

engaged in anti-competitive<br />

behaviour with a third company.<br />

The commission is seeking a<br />

declaration from the<br />

High Court that Hutt<br />

& City breached the<br />

Commerce Act, along<br />

with penalties and<br />

costs for the actions.<br />

“Cartel conduct<br />

harms consumers by<br />

preventing businesses<br />

from competing to<br />

provide better quality<br />

services at better<br />

prices, and it harms<br />

other businesses<br />

which are trying to compete<br />

fairly,” Commerce Commission<br />

chair Anna Rawlings said.<br />

It had also sent warning letters<br />

to the company’s four former<br />

directors and to a separate<br />

company, Kiwi Cabs, over its role<br />

in the conduct.<br />

As the alleged breach occurred<br />

before cartel behaviour was made<br />

a criminal offence in April <strong>2021</strong>, the<br />

old laws would be applied.<br />

If proven, the company could<br />

be fined up to $10 million, three<br />

times its commercial gain or 10 per<br />

cent of its turnover per year, per<br />

breach.<br />

32 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong>


Uber and Lyft are employees!<br />

Biden administration turns back the clock and is looking at classifying<br />

rideshare and gig workers as employees – not contractors.<br />

by Reuters<br />

OVERSEAS news<br />

WASHINGTON, USA — Earlier this<br />

month, the Biden administration<br />

blocked a Trump-era rule that<br />

would have made it easier to<br />

classify gig workers who work for<br />

companies like Uber and Lyft as<br />

independent contractors instead<br />

of employees, signaling a potential<br />

policy shift toward greater worker<br />

protections.<br />

“By withdrawing the independent<br />

contractor rule, we will help<br />

preserve essential worker rights<br />

and stop the erosion of worker<br />

protections that would have<br />

occurred had the rule gone into<br />

effect,” Labor Secretary Marty<br />

Walsh said in a statement.<br />

“Too often, workers lose<br />

important wage and related<br />

protections when employers<br />

misclassify them as independent<br />

contractors,” he said.<br />

Walsh told Reuters in an interview<br />

last week that a lot of U.S. gig<br />

workers should be classified as<br />

“employees” who deserve work<br />

benefits. His comments hurt<br />

stocks of companies that employ<br />

gig labor.<br />

Walsh said that his department<br />

would have conversations in<br />

coming months with companies<br />

that employ gig labor to make sure<br />

workers have access to consistent<br />

wages, sick time, healthcare and<br />

“all of the things that an average<br />

employee in America can access.”<br />

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce<br />

said it hopes the administration<br />

does not pursue new regulations<br />

that would limit earning<br />

opportunities for independent<br />

workers.<br />

“We are disappointed to see<br />

the administration withdraw<br />

a balanced rule that was<br />

well-grounded in the law and<br />

provided certainty to workers<br />

and businesses about worker<br />

classification.”<br />

The AFL-CIO, one of the country’s<br />

largest unions, praised the move.<br />

Gig workers are independent<br />

contractors who perform ondemand<br />

services, including driving,<br />

delivering groceries or providing<br />

childcare.<br />

The rule by former President<br />

Donald Trump’s administration,<br />

finalised in early January before<br />

he left office on January 20,<br />

would have hampered workers’<br />

ability to earn a minimum wage<br />

and overtime compensation –<br />

protections offered under the Fair<br />

Labor Standards Act (FLSA).<br />

It was supposed to take effect<br />

in March, but did not because it<br />

was being reviewed by the Labor<br />

Department under President Joe<br />

Biden.<br />

The FLSA includes provisions that<br />

require covered employers to pay<br />

employees at least the federal<br />

minimum wage for every hour they<br />

work and overtime compensation<br />

at not less than 1.5 times their<br />

regular rate of pay for every hour<br />

they work over 40 in a work week.<br />

FLSA protections do not apply to<br />

independent contractors.<br />

www.drivenow-magazine.com.au<br />

<strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong><br />

33


OVERSEAS news<br />

Largest taxi charging hub in the<br />

Nordics opens to help phase out<br />

diesel cabs by 2025<br />

by Perry Richardson | taxi-point.co.uk<br />

DENMARK’s biggest charging<br />

operator, E.ON, and taxi company<br />

Dantaxi have opened the largest<br />

taxi charging hub in the Nordics:<br />

Danhub – Powered by E.ON.<br />

The site opened on 11 <strong>May</strong> and<br />

means up to 400 taxis will be<br />

able to charge every day in<br />

Copenhagen. Danhub means<br />

easier access to electric taxis, and<br />

the new charging facility is seen<br />

as a big step towards phasing out<br />

Copenhagen’s 1,700 diesel taxis as<br />

early as 2025.<br />

Dantaxi’s Commercial Director,<br />

Vibeke Wolfsberg, has high hopes<br />

for the partnership with E.ON,<br />

which she thinks will benefit the<br />

city.<br />

Wolfsburg said: “We have wasted<br />

too much time chasing available<br />

electricity. Our taxis often drive<br />

around for too long without<br />

being able to find an available<br />

charging station. This affects the<br />

customers and also the owners<br />

of private electric cars who find<br />

that the electric taxis take up too<br />

many public charging stations.<br />

The partnership will benefit the<br />

people of Copenhagen, the local<br />

community, and the taxi drivers.”<br />

Wolfsberg estimates that the<br />

Danhub concept will lead to a<br />

boost in the number of electric<br />

taxis in the Danish capital, and she<br />

expects that Dantaxi will retire its<br />

last diesel car in Copenhagen as<br />

early as 2025.<br />

Pär Möller, Head of eMobility<br />

Nordic, E.ON, commented: “A taxi<br />

drives approximately eight times<br />

as much as a private car – about<br />

20 hours a day. That is why the<br />

environmental benefit is eight<br />

times greater when taxis switch<br />

to electricity. This is, of course,<br />

the most important thing. A great<br />

additional benefit is that we help<br />

fight air pollution in the cities when<br />

we make our transportation run on<br />

electricity.<br />

“The electric taxis get access to<br />

the latest charging technology. The<br />

five ultra-fast chargers can charge<br />

up to ten taxis at a time. The ultrafast<br />

chargers deliver the absolute<br />

fastest charging on the market,<br />

making them particularly important<br />

for taxis as they are not stationary<br />

for long periods of time unlike<br />

private cars.”<br />

34 <strong>May</strong> <strong>2021</strong>


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AV TAXIS<br />

In July 2020, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) ranked<br />

eighth in KPMG’s annual Autonomous Vehicles Readiness<br />

Index, performing well in technology infrastructure and<br />

the willingness of its people and government to embrace<br />

driverless cars.<br />

Cruise, an Autonomous Vehicle<br />

(AV) company backed by General<br />

Motors, is getting ready to launch<br />

its robotaxi service in Dubai very<br />

soon, with plans to have up to<br />

4,000 vehicles in operation by<br />

2030.<br />

Officials are wanting 25% of all taxi<br />

trips in Dubai to completed by AV<br />

taxis, buses and copters by 2030.<br />

RTA Director General, Mattar<br />

Mohammed Al Tayer, said: “Selfdriving<br />

vehicles contribute to<br />

raising the level of traffic safety<br />

on the roads, as human error is<br />

the main cause of more than 90<br />

percent of accidents.<br />

“It is also distinguished by being<br />

environmentally friendly electric<br />

vehicles, capable of serving a large<br />

segment of customers, specifically<br />

the category of senior citizens,<br />

residents and owners.”<br />

AV taxis are also being trialled in<br />

Abu Dhabi. This trial service will be<br />

provided from 8am to 8pm free of<br />

charge.<br />

Whilst the vehicles are in trial<br />

stage, a safety officer will be<br />

positioned in the driver’s seat so as<br />

to compensate if any issues arise.<br />

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