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WHAT’S INSIDE

STAYING COOL IN

SUMMER

HEAT

VICTORIA

8 TAA - 2021: A year in review.

12 Melbourne Airport taxi terminal rank given to Uber.

13

DOs and DON’Ts for transporting passengers with

disability.

14 Melbourne Airport in bed with Uber.

NSW

18 NSW Taxi Council partnership with Mobil.

20

NSW Government’s electric vehicle strategy helping

bridge the EV costs.

FEATURES

24

30

Where you can go in Australia - the rules for each

State and Territory.

Driver fatigue is the second biggest killer on

Australian roads.

34 Staying cool in Summer heat.

28 Taxi fares for rank and hail trips.

29 Mobile phone and seatbelt cameras.

OVERSEAS

44 Uber’s application to expand in B.C. rejected.

46

QUEENSLAND

WESTERN AUS.

32 Road closure in Perth during New Year’s eve.

32 Special Christmas day co-payment for WAV drivers.

SOUTH AUS.

36 Driver vaccination update.

37

Is RedBook the right entity to be undertaking

personal passenger transport vehicle RWCs?

38 Access taxi drivers to get new lifting fee.

Massachusetts’ taxi business see hope after the

pandemic shifts power in transportation.

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FROM THE

Editor

Governments around Australia are constantly

updating their requirements to ensure the

cleanliness of taxis, hire cars, and rideshare

vehicles, and their drivers due to the COVID-19

pandemic.

Presently, every Australian State and territory,

except Tasmania, mandatorily require all drivers

and passengers of a commercial personal

passenger vehicle to wear a mask. Rightly so,

as there is mounting international evidence

that COVID-19 is an airborne or dropletborne

disease, and masks play a critical role in

preventing the spread of this disease.

Moreover, only Victoria, South Australia,

Western Australia and Tasmania have mandated

that drivers must be fully vaccinated (albeit

that for some States this does not come into

effect until the end of January 2022). The

other States should rethink their stance because

the risk of becoming severely unwell due to

non-vaccination against COVID-19 infection is

enormous.

Scientists worldwide are currently reporting

that the risk of becoming infected by touching a

surface has been proven to be substantially low.

The Victorian government updated their

COVID-19 restrictions and pandemic orders on

15 December to include:

• “tour and transport operators, gyms and

creative arts premises such as theatres and

cinemas will not need to clean equipment

between uses” and

• “workplaces exposed to a positive

COVID-19 case no longer need to be deep

cleaned”.

It is unquestionable that Commercial Passenger

Vehicles (CPVs) fall within the category of

“transport operators” and also serve as CPV

drivers’ “workplace”.

Victoria is the ONLY State to mandate that

(CPV) drivers MUST clean frequently touched

areas before and after their passengers. NSW

MUST clean their vehicles at the end of their

shift, and in South Australia, Queensland and

ACT it is only recommended to clean when the

shift ends.

Not only are the Victorian orders over-cautious

in comparison to the other States, but, for now,

the Victorian regulator has not announced

any changes to the cleaning of frequent

touchpoints.

Imagine how much time and money would be

saved by only cleaning the CPV at the end of

each shift.

Toni Peters

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To all our friends, advertisers, readers

and associates in the Australian Taxi

and Hire Car industry

MERRY

Christmas

AND HAPPY NEW YEAR

Thank you for your support and friendship

throughout the year.

We wish you peace and hope at Christmas

and a new year full of better days. Have a

safe and wonderful holiday season.

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2021:

A YEAR

IN REVIEW

Transport Alliance Australia – looking after the interests of those

in the Australian commercial passenger transport sector.

2021 kicked off with a feeling that it was going to be a better year than 2020.

Restrictions were eased, people were out and about, and life appeared to be

getting back to normal - or so we thought.

Just after a month we saw the implementation of restrictions hit harder and

longer than ever expected. We saw our economy dwindle - much like our taxi and

hire car industry, thanks to the pandemic and the CPVV for allowing our roads to

be cluttered with inexperienced “drivers”.

André Baruch, TAA Director, reflected on the matter in the February 2021 DRIVE

NOW edition “Driver’s Accreditations – A Right or Privilege”. André noted,

‘The responsibilities of being a taxi or hire car driver are more onerous than just

driving a car. You take on the primary responsibility for the care and safety of

paying passengers – people who assume you are a professional driver and are

paying you for your service’. He continued, ‘Transport Alliance Australia (TAA)

believes that 2021 is the year in which our industry – an industry that has been

trampled and destroyed by the governments that were supposed to protect it –

should be fixed’.

TAA is a cohesive national

network advocating for the

betterment of the Australian

commercial passenger transport

sector.

An objective of TAA is to

promote ideas and programs

to assist in maintaining a high

standard for all members.

Through this objective, TAA

has fostered an affiliation

with corporate sponsor DRVR

Training, who have developed

a Fatigue Management course.

The course is comprised of 23

lessons that have been specially

designed to give drivers an indepth

understanding of; driver

fatigue and its consequences,

importance of sleep, causes of

fatigue from medical issues,

lifestyle choices or psychological

problems, detecting fatigue and

ensuring safety at the wheel.

TAA represents its members

at government and industry

stakeholder meetings.

As outlined in the June and July

2021 DRIVE NOW editions, TAA

facilitated meetings between

CPVV and the Wedding Car

Association (WCA) to address

current issues, from both

ends and exchange ideas on

how to move forward. WCA

voiced concerns over CPVV’s

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competency in making the

Commercial Passenger Vehicle

(CPV) industry a fairer playing

field, illegal operators providing

and advertising their services,

and compliance check protocol.

All parties agreed that public

awareness on the issue of

illegals needs to be increased,

and suggestions of an effective

advertising campaign across the

hire car industry to highlight

illegal operators as well as

a social media campaign

to encourage commercial

passenger drivers to apply for

a CPV Driver’s Licence and an

Australian Business Number and

to be registered for GST.

Although the changes and

resolutions involving WCA’s

concerns are still being

addressed and implemented,

TAA will continue to ensure its

members are updated with the

most prevailing information.

The Leader of the Transport

Matters Party (TMP), Rod

Barton MP, frequently joined

TAA’s meetings throughout

the year to discuss TMP’s

achievements and the changes

within the Victorian CPV

industry.

This year, Rod successfully

achieved a taxi fare increase,

the first one for 13 years. Taxi

fares will now be set each year

by the Fair Work Commission

around the Consumer

Price Index. Rod was also

instrumental in moving the

Multi-Purpose Taxi Program

(MPTP) review, a huge concern

of the Victorian CPV industry, to

a parliamentary inquiry.

The most significant action

brought forward by Rod Barton

this year was convincing the

Victorian Treasurer to allow

booked and unbooked CPVs

to be included in the Business

Support Package. However,

some issues did arise with

inactive drivers receiving grants

– which was considered a

misuse of public funds.

OPEN FORUM

TAA held an Open Forum in

August 2021 to discuss the

future and sustainability of

Victoria’s taxi and hire car

industry (outlined in September

2021 DRIVE NOW edition).

Many attendees agreed that

Victorian regulator, CPVV,

appears to change the rules

to suit the needs of the big

operators. Many also agreed

that the government needs to

increase the industry entry fees

to be realistic and reflective of

the work carried out by those

who choose to be drivers and

operators. Medium-sized BSPs

were finding it difficult to

control the compliance of their

drivers and vehicles, yet CPVV

won’t step in and help control

it. Many wondered if Victoria

Police or VicRoads would be

sufficient in implementing

directives and cutting out CPVV

altogether since they are not

following their own rules and

regulations.

MPTP INQUIRY

In October 2021, Victorian

Parliament’s Economy and

Infrastructure Committee

conducted an inquiry into the

Multi Purpose Taxi Program

(MPTP). The inquiry was

primarily about the safety

standards for members of the

public who travel via the MPTP.

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Multifarious industry

stakeholders lodged written

submissions to be considered

by this inquiry, and a few were

invited to present and called

upon to be witnesses to this

inquiry, including TAA, VTA,

13cabs, Uber, Vision Australia,

Bendigo Taxis, Geelong Taxis,

Wodonga Taxis and CPVV.

To assist with the inquiry, TAA

made five recommendations

that urgently need attention

and action to ensure the needs

of MPTP users are being met

now and, in the future, and their

safety is given priority.

The recommendations were:

• Introduction of mandatory

training for all drivers

operating within the

MPTP scheme including

education surrounding

Disability Awareness, Sexual

Harassment and Anti-

Discrimination.

• Introduction of a mandatory

requirement for approved

cameras in vehicles

operating within the MPTP

scheme to act as a deterrent

of unethical acts and crimes

and in the event of an

unlawful act, accountability

could be served.

• Introduction of maximum

fare rate for all MPTP trips

to banish surge pricing

during peak periods and

unfairly eat into the annual

limits of the MPTP user.

• Introduction of a

requirement for operators

accredited to offer the

MPTP rebate scheme to

have a minimum percentage

of their fleet as approved

wheelchair accessible

vehicles.

• Introduction of mandatory

requirement for MPTP

service providers to have

Comprehensive Insurance

and Public Liability insurance

to overlap the cover where

one is limited.

That concludes TAA’s year in

review – what a year it’s been!

We will continue to keep TAA

members in the loop with the

outcomes of key meetings and

the status of ongoing issues,

addressed in the future DRIVE

NOW editions.

To our members, sponsors,

supporters and associates -

May the holiday season end the

present year on a cheerful note and

make way for a fresh and bright

New Year. Here’s wishing you a

Happy Holidays!”

from the TAA Directors -

André Baruch, Jacqui Shephard

and Toni Peters.

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VIC News

Melb Airport

TAXI TERMINAL RANK

GIVEN TO UBER

Melbourne Airport has given the

main taxi terminal rank, situated

at the primary exit point for

passengers at terminal 2, to Uber,

thereby pushing taxi services

hundreds of metres away to

terminal 1 and upstairs at terminal

4.

Disabled passengers will suffer the

greatest - as they will be forced

into an obstacle course merely to

reach their wheelchair accessible

taxi.

Melbourne Airport advises that

in 2019, the rideshare company

accounted for 27 per cent of

commercial vehicle pick-ups at

Melbourne Airport, compared to

22 per cent for taxis.

Jai McDermott, Chief of Ground

Transport at Melbourne Airport,

said that this was the reason

behind the change.

This data is two years old - how

can it be used as an analytical basis

for making decisions?

A secretive commercial financial

arrangement appears to exist

between Uber and Melbourne

Airport.

Victorian MP Rod Barton said,

“This is an appalling decision. This

is a shameful commercial grab

to prioritise the Uber business

model over disability services and

industry participants”.

“Disabled passengers will now

have to travel the length of

the airport, and up a lift in a

wheelchair, dragging a bag, just

to reach a wheelchair accessible

vehicle.”

Uber does not offer wheelchair

accessible vehicles and has stated

on many occasions that this will

not change in the near future.

Melbourne Airport has cleared

the way for Uber, providing

them with an unfair commercial

advantage, while dismissing the

needs of vulnerable and disabled

passengers.

Moreover, this new Uber rank is

not available for other rideshare

services - just Uber.

Is this a fair and level playing field?

No, it is certainly is not!

Melbourne Airport, you are

shameful for acquiescing to

a silicon valley multinational

company that does not even keep

its profits in Australia.

Shame on you!

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VICTORIA news

MELBOURNE AIRPORT

IN BED WITH UBER

by Isobel Sparrow

Uber has Melbourne Airport in

their bed, as they have colluded

to kick taxis from their own

home. Melbourne Airport has

sanctioned this rideshare giant

the upper hand, as they will

now have priority over taxis by

surmounting the taxi rank in front

of Terminal 2 and some of Terminal

4. Taxis will be left to go to mainly

Terminal 1. This innate decision

will ultimately make it harder for

those with a disability to travel to

their destination by coercing them

to navigate a maze of obstacles

to reach wheelchair accessible

vehicles.

You may be wondering, but why

can’t those with disabilities ride

in an Uber? Well, it is simple. Uber

has no disability-convivial vehicles.

Sure, they have a few vehicles that

may be able to hold a collapsible

wheelchair or walker, but is this

really good enough?

Taxis are currently the only fully

equipped public entity in Victoria

that can house the personal needs

of those with disabilities, such

as issues with sight (have tactile

words and reflective signage), or

handling equipment like canes,

walkers, and wheelchairs.

The egalitarian nature of Australia

is reflected in this accommodation,

as these accessible cabs allow

any person with a disability to

be entitled to the same service

as anybody else, without an

additional charge. To make this

service more convoluted and

difficult for those with a disability

to utilise contradicts our already

progressive and equitable

position.

We should have vehicles readily

available for those who need

them, and Uber cannot provide

this.

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Multiple media outlets have

focussed on the obvious,

conspicuous issue with Uber’s

take-over of Melbourne Airport’s

taxi ranks, but they have forgotten

to mention the blatant anarchy

of the event. The main distinction

between a taxi and rideshare

vehicle is the taxi driver’s ability to

accept rank and hail work. If we

consider an e-hail to be a hail, then

it means we are allowing Uber to

remove itself from the definition

of being a rideshare entity. It

simply contests the Commercial

Passenger Vehicle Industry Act

(2017). But why would we enforce

the law, right?

Around the world, taxis have

faced a lack of support from

regulators. Where Uber was

allowed to operate unregulated,

taxis suffered licence fees,

tests, security requisites,

fare regulations, and other

miscellaneous costs.

Moreover, the Australian

government let Uber run around

here for a very long time illegally,

and practically did nothing. So,

it comes as no surprise that they

are hiding their heads in the sand

now. It makes us wonder, who has

Uber bedded to make themselves

somewhat omnipotent in the eyes

of those who are supposed to

enforce the law?

Merry Christmas

Best wishes for 2022

to all our valued

members and colleagues.

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EVs are critical to

CURB CLIMATE CHANGE

A survey of 1,001 Australians by

Savvy has revealed that 73% agree

that moving to Electric Vehicles

(EV) is a significant move to reduce

CO2 emissions and keep global

temperature rises to 1.5°C.

As for putting their money

towards the cause, 40% stated

that they might purchase EVs in

the future. However, according

to the survey, the biggest obstacle

to going electric is price. 79% say

that affordability needs to improve

before considering an EV as their

next vehicle.

Participants were asked their top

three barriers to buying EVs, and

their responses were: minimal

government subsidies, insufficient

infrastructure and limited travel

range.

As for brands, 24% said they’d most

rather have a Hyundai, followed

by Tesla (20%) and Mazda (12%).

However, with 37% of respondents

saying they would spend $25,000-

$40,000 on their next car, most EV

models would be well out of their

price range.

“There is a taste for EVs in Australia,

but I wouldn’t say that it’s what

everyone is clamouring for just yet,”

says Savvy Managing Director Bill

Tsouvalas.

“We need an economy of scale

and infrastructure before we hit

anything nearing critical mass. But

there are shoots rising out of the

ground, and that’s a good start,” he

added.

The majority of those surveyed said

they felt adamant that Australia

should go “all in” on electric uptake

– that means aggressively pursuing

subsidies, more robust emissions

standards, and buyer incentives.

“There needs to be a push from

industry and government to really

make the case that EV is the future

in terms of the environment and the

hip-pocket,” Tsouvalas says.

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and your family health,

happiness, peace and prosperity this

Christmas and in the coming New Year.

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Rest In Peace

KEVIN F GANGE

19.11.1945 - 2.11.2021

Kevin Francis Gange was a true gentleman and a

matriarch of the taxi industry. Unfortunately, on

2 November 2021, Kevin lost his long battle with

health issues.

Kevin had been involved in the taxi and hire car

industry since the day he could walk - it was

literally in his blood. The Gange family business

evolved from the horse-drawn Hansom Cabs of

the 19th Century to the historic Astoria Taxis and

then Silver Top Taxis. Only a few people could

lay claim to a longer or more decorated family

heritage within the industry.

Kevin was involved with all things to do with the

Victorian taxi industry and was also the Victorian

Taxi Association’s president for 10 years.

Kevin’s dedication to the Victorian taxi industry is

a testament to his commitment and dedication to

stewardship of the taxi industry.

A husband, father, father-inlaw,

grandfather, and great

grandfather, Kevin will be

dearly missed.

Time can never fade the

memories of Kevin. He

touched so many lives in

so many ways that it is

impossible to ever forget

him.

Farewell, but not forgotten.

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NEW SOUTH WALES news

NSW News

Low Taxi

Fuel Costs

The NSW Taxi Council is pleased to launch a new relationship to support

Taxi networks and operators – ‘Taxi Fuels’ with Mobil Oil Australia.

The initiative leverages the NSW Taxi Council’s role as the recognised peak

organisation for the NSW Taxi Industry and a major contributor to the

NSW public transport system.

The NSW

Taxi Council

and Mobil

announce

new

relationship

to launch

‘Taxi Fuels’.

Mobil’s reputation for reliably delivering quality fuels to Australian drivers,

from the city to the country, since 1895.

The Taxi Fuels offer will provide participants with the opportunity to

access high-quality Mobil fuels, which will deliver significant benefits to

the NSW Taxi industry, that has more than 200 authorised Taxi networks,

over 5,000 Taxi operators and more than 30,000 authorised drivers.

“Joining with Mobil Australia to deliver quality fuels for our NSW Taxi

operators will allow our members to maximise their vehicle operating

efficiencies, thanks to Mobil quality fuels,” said Greg Kay, NSW Taxi

Council Head of Partnerships.

“We hope this will help our members to achieve significant savings on one

of their major operating costs, supporting them to improve their business

profitability.”

“We’re looking forward to supporting NSW Taxi operators and providing

opportunities to save on fuel and better manage their vehicle fleets. We

know that Australia’s cities and regions are terrific places to visit, and with

Mobil-branded service stations opening regularly across NSW, there’s

plenty of opportunity to fuel with Mobil”, said Charles Ewart, from Mobil

Oil Australia.

“Enriched with a high-quality additive package, Mobil quality fuels protect

against rust corrosion, remove harmful engine deposits and improve fuel

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economy whilst protecting

your vehicle’s engine from

the first fill.”

Mobil will become a key

part of the NSW Taxi

Industry ecosystem, and the

collaboration demonstrates

both Mobil and the NSW Taxi

Council are well placed to

meet the needs of the NSW

transport market now, and

into the future.

Mobil Cards can be used

at participating Mobil

branded service stations and

commencing in November

2021 at all 7-Eleven service

stations nationwide.

Visit the NSW Taxi Council

website – www.nswtaxi.

org.au to get Taxi Fuel Cost

Benefits in NSW.

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NEW SOUTH WALES news

NSW GOVERNMENT’S EV STRATEGY

HELPING BRIDGE

THE EV COSTS

The NSW Government is

committed to helping private

businesses, not-for-profits, and

local councils bridge the cost to

transition their fleets to electric

passenger, light commercial

or sports utility vehicles. NSW

Government will invest $105

million via a competitive reverse

tender auction process to assist

this transition.

NSW Government has launched

the Drive electric NSW EV

fleets incentive, helping private

businesses, not-for-profits, and

local councils across the state

accelerate their transition to EVs at

a lesser cost while lowering state

transport emissions.

When organisations electrify their

fleets, they are not only presented

with a huge opportunity to reduce

their emissions and save money

but can have a powerful impact

on the national market, spurring

demand for and increasing supply

of electric vehicles, both new and

used.

The incentive will help bridge the

cost of transitioning passenger,

light commercial or sports utility

vehicles to either battery EVs or

fuel cell EVs through a reverse

tender auction process, with

additional funds also available for

smart base charging.

Registrations for the first round of

funding opened on 30 November

2021, with funding rounds offered

around every six months until the

end of 2024.

This incentive will help meet

outcomes of the EV Strategy to

increase EV sales to 52% by 2030-

31 and see the vast majority of

new car sales being EVs by 2035

while working towards net-zero

emissions by 2050.

20 December 2021/January 2022


Merry Christmas

A huge thanks to all the readers of DRIVE NOW magazine

for your ongoing support to the NSW Taxi Industry

through this challenging year.

We look forward to sharing more stories about the NSW

Taxi Industry with you all in 2022.

Have a Merry Time & Enjoy the Holidays!

All the best from the team at the

NSW Taxi Council and the NSW Taxi Industry

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BE SAFE...

AT HOME AND ON THE ROAD

RACV is urging Victorians to

prepare for the holiday season

by keeping safety top of mind

at home, on the road and

during holidays at our favourite

destinations.

After a challenging year, Victorians

have a lot to celebrate with

family and friends over the

festive season. RACV is expecting

an uptick in travel both on

public holidays and throughout

December and January.

RACV Policy Lead - Safety, Elvira

Lazar, said keeping some simple

tips top of mind will help ensure

everyone’s safety.

“Whether you’re driving to a

regional town or just across

Melbourne for a day, it’s very

important that you plan your

travel,” Ms Lazar said.

“Before you get in your car, make

sure you do a safety check of your

vehicle.”

Check your fluid levels

under your bonnet,

including oil, coolant and

even the windscreen

washer level. Be sure to

check your tyre pressure

and that your roadside

assistance is up to date.

“When planning your journey,

especially if you’re going regional,

plan your drive along safer main

roads. Schedule stops on these

longer trips as this gives you a

break from driving and means you

are not rushing.”

RACV also reminds everyone to

make sure their homes are safe

over the holiday period.

“Make sure you’ve cleaned

up any clutter that might be a

trip hazard. If you have a pool,

ensure it complies with safety

requirements,” Ms Lazar said.

“If you do have some time off

work over the break, now is the

perfect time to clean out those

gutters which may be a fire hazard.

Ensure your home insurance is up

to date at an appropriate level of

cover.

“If you’re heading away on

holidays, make sure your home is

secure and let a trusted neighbour

know that you will be away. If you

don’t have one already, consider

installing a security alarm.”

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ENJOY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS

and protect your loved ones

from COVID-19

ENJOY HOLIDAY TRADITIONS AND PROTECT YOUR

LOVED ONES | COVID-19 |

The best way to keep your family and friends safe

is to get vaccinated.

Wear a mask in public indoor

settings.

Avoid crowded, poorly ventilated spaces.

Test to prevent spread to others.

Delay travel until you are fully vaccinated.

If you are sick or have symptoms,

don’t host or attend gatherings.

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23


WHERE YOU CAN

GO IN AUSTRALIA

THE RULES FOR EACH

STATE AND TERRITORY

by Caroline Riches

24 December 2021/January 2022


As Queensland opens its border, Tasmania eases travel restrictions, and

Western Australia announces plans to finally open up, here’s a round-up of

the latest advice if you’re travelling interstate this summer.

With eight different jurisdictions announcing different border rules - and

some of them adapting restrictions in the lead-up to the festive season - it can be hard to

know what forms to fill in, whether or not to get tested and whether you may need to

quarantine once you arrive.

So, if you’re heading interstate this summer, these are the rules you need to follow.

VIC

Domestic visitors to Victoria no

longer need to get a travel permit

to enter the state (unless they

have been overseas in the past 14

days).

Furthermore, they do not need to

get a COVID-19 test, nor do they

need to quarantine.

If you have completed hotel

quarantine interstate and wish to

enter Victoria, you also don’t need

a permit.

NSW

The NSW border is open to people

from all states and territories, and

there is no need to complete an

entry declaration, do a COVID test

or self-isolate.

However, there are rules and

restrictions in place if you have

been to an affected area or an area

of concern in the previous 14 days,

whereby you must complete a NSW

entry declaration within the 24

hours before you enter NSW.

If you have been to an area of

concern, upon entry you must

travel immediately to your place

of residence and stay there until it

has been 14 days since you visited

the area of concern or the area of

concern is revoked.

You are only able to leave home to:

• get food or services;

• travel for work, education,

childcare or shared parenting

arrangements;

• for medical care, get

vaccinated, health supplies or

to fulfil caring responsibilities;

• move home;

• exercise outdoors alone, with

your household, or with one

other person;

• feed an animal or for animal

welfare;

• in an emergency.

If you have visited an area of high

concern, check the COVID-19

concerns notice to determine if

you are considered casual or close

contact.

Residents who are casual contacts

must get tested as soon as they

return to NSW and isolate until they

receive a negative result.

If you’re a non-resident who is a

casual contact, you may enter NSW

if you have been tested and your

test returns a negative result.

Residents who are close contacts

are permitted to enter NSW. You

must travel immediately to your

place of residence and self-isolate

until 14 days since you last visited

the place of high concern. If you are

fully vaccinated, you only need to

self-isolate for seven days.

Non-NSW residents who are close

contacts are allowed to enter the

state if they are fully vaccinated.

You must self-isolate for seven days

since you were last at the place of

high concern.

If you are not fully vaccinated and

are a close contact, you are not

permitted to enter NSW. Instead,

you must follow the rules of the

state or territory that you are

currently in.

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SA

South Australia has opened its

borders to vaccinated travellers,

with COVID-19 vaccination

requirements applying to all

travellers over 12 years and two

months of age, including returning

SA residents.

If you’re arriving in South Australia

from interstate, including residents,

you must complete an EntryCheck

SA application and can apply for it

up to 14 days before your planned

arrival. It’s recommended you apply

at least 72 hours before.

If you are an unvaccinated traveller

and do not have an approved

medical exemption, you are not

permitted to enter South Australia.

This includes returning residents.

Exemptions will be considered for

select reasons (such as funerals and

end-of-life visits), with applications

for an exemption made as an

extension of your EntryCheck SA

application.

If your exemption is approved, you

will be advised of your quarantine

and testing requirements.

NT

Only fully vaccinated people,

residents and people unable to be

vaccinated (such as children under

12 years) can enter the Northern

Territory.

Everyone travelling to the

Northern Territory is required to

complete an online Border Entry

Form five days or less before

entering.

Eligible fully vaccinated domestic

arrivals coming to the Northern

Territory from a COVID-19 red zone

may be permitted to undertake

seven days home quarantine.

Unvaccinated Territory residents

travelling from a green zone

will still be able to enter the

Northern Territory but will be

required to travel to a suitable

place of quarantine, get tested for

COVID-19 and self-isolate until a

negative test is returned.

Unvaccinated Territory residents

coming from a red zone will be

required to undertake 14 days

mandatory supervised quarantine.

If you are unvaccinated and are

not a returning resident, you need

to apply for an exemption to enter

the Northern Territory. If you meet

those entry requirements, you will

be required to undertake 14 days

mandatory supervised quarantine.

ACT

All residents and non-residents

who have not visited a high-risk

geographical area in the previous

14 days are permitted to enter the

ACT for any reason, and no forms

are required to be completed.

If you are a vaccinated resident or

non-resident but have been to a

high-risk area in the past 14 days,

you must complete an exemption

form within 72 hours prior to

arriving in the territory. Then you

must monitor for symptoms.

If you are an unvaccinated

resident who has been to a highrisk

area in the past 14 days, you

must complete an exemption

form within 72 hours prior to

arriving in the territory. You must

stay at home for 14 days and are

only allowed to leave home to:

• undertake essential work or

study;

• attend usual childcare

arrangements;

• shop for essentials such

as groceries, medicine and

necessary supplies;

• attend to medical or

health care needs

including compassionate

requirements, and looking

after the vulnerable;

• receive a COVID-19

vaccination;

• exercise outdoors, limited to

one hour per day;

• for essential animal welfare

purposes (eg to feed

pets or livestock that live

elsewhere);

• in an emergency.

If you are an unvaccinated

non-resident who has been to a

high-risk area in the past 14 days,

you may not enter the ACT unless

you obtain an exemption before

arriving.

26 December 2021/January 2022


QLD

Everyone entering the state

must apply for and receive a

Queensland entry pass prior

to arrival. There are no travel

restrictions if you are travelling

from a safe or green zone.

If you are fully vaccinated, you

can travel freely from the nonrestricted

NSW border zone. If

you are not fully vaccinated, you

can only travel for permitted and

essential purposes.

If you are fully vaccinated you can

travel from the restricted NSW

border zone to Queensland for

permitted, essential or essential

worker purposes.

If you are not fully vaccinated,

your travel to Queensland from

the restricted border zone will be

limited to essential purposes only.

If you have been in a declared

hotspot in the previous 14 days,

you will be able to enter the state

as a “hotspot traveller” if you

are fully vaccinated and have

a negative result of a COVID-19

test taken in the 72 hours prior

to arrival. You must also get a

COVID-19 test on day five after

you arrive in Queensland.

If you enter as a hotspot traveller,

you will not need to quarantine

though state health authorities

require you to monitor the list

of interstate exposure venues

for the first 14 days after arrival

and get tested if you develop any

COVID-19 symptoms.

If you have been to an interstate

exposure venue in the 14 days

before arriving, you can enter

Queensland if you are fully

vaccinated and have a negative

result of a COVID-19 test taken 72

hours prior to arrival.

WA

Western Australia will open to

fully vaccinated domestic and

international travellers on 5

February. After that date, you will

no longer need to quarantine.

At present, only visitors from

Tasmania can enter Western

Australia without quarantining.

Travellers from other Australian

states and jurisdictions must selfquarantine

for 14 days.

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December 2021/January 2022

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NEW SOUTH WALES news

QLD News

Taxi Fares

RANK & HAIL TRIPS

Taxi drivers picking up passengers from a taxi rank

or from a street hail, must not charge more than

the maximum fare for a taxi journey, whether

the journey is charged through the meter or the

passenger wishes to negotiate a fare. And taxi

drivers must not refuse to provide a taxi service to

any person because a passenger wishes you to use

the taxi meter to calculate the fare.

The Department of Transport and Main Roads

(TMR) has received increased in complaints

from taxi customers regarding overcharging

and drivers refusing to provide a service. TMR

is investigating these for potential penalties for

breaches of transport legislation.

start of the journey after the person, and their

wheelchair have been secured in the taxi,

• For a service to any other person – after the

hirer enters the taxi,

If the driver reasonably believes they will not be

able to obtain the fare at the destination, they may

ask for the estimated fare (must be a reasonable

estimate) or fixed fare amount as a deposit.

Overcharging attracts a maximum penalty of

$5,514, and refusing a taxi service attracts a

maximum penalty of $2,757 – don’t risk it!

You may only negotiate a fixed fare for rank or

hail trips if:

• your passenger agrees,

• the fare is negotiated before the trip starts,

and

• the fare does not exceed the maximum fare if

you were using the meter.

If the fare for the journey has not been agreed

before the rank or hailed journey starts, a taxi

driver must not charge a booking fee and must

activate the taximeter:

• For a service provided to a Taxi Subsidy

Scheme member using a wheelchair – at the

28 December 2021/January 2022


QUEENSLAND news

MOBILE PHONE & SEATBELT

CAMERAS

Mobile phone and seatbelt

cameras are installed throughout

Queensland.

Their locations are based on where

road crash injuries or fatalities

have occurred where using a

mobile phone or not wearing a

seatbelt were contributing factors.

Two types of mobile phone and

seatbelt cameras are used in

Queensland:

• Fixed cameras fitted to

existing infrastructure and

operating 24 hours, 7 days a

week,

• Portable cameras used at

random locations in both

urban and regional areas, for

shorter periods of time.

How the cameras work

The cameras take multiple images

of every vehicle passing the

camera, including the registration

number plate and images of the

front seats of the vehicle.

Using artificial

intelligence software

The cameras use Artificial

Intelligence (AI) software to filter

images and detect possible mobile

phone use by the driver or failure

to wear a seatbelt by the driver

and front seat passenger.

If no possible offence is detected,

AI automatically excludes the

images from any further analysis,

and the images are deleted.

If AI suspects a possible offence,

the image is passed on to the

Department of Transport and Main

Roads to determine if an offence

has been committed.

Mobile phone use and

driver distraction

Research shows that using a mobile

phone while driving quadruples

the risk of crashing. Using a mobile

phone while driving is just as

dangerous as drinking driving.

Vehicle occupants not wearing

seatbelts have a much lower

chance of surviving a crash than

those who wear their seatbelt.

Wearing a properly adjusted

seatbelt improves the chance of

surviving a crash by 200%.

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December 2021/January 2022

29


DRIVER FATIGUE

The second biggest killer on Australian roads

Being awake for 17 hours can

have a similar effect on your

driving performance as a blood

alcohol content of 0.05.

Fatigue is not just extreme

exhaustion, but includes

everyday mental or physical

tiredness that affect a person’s

ability to function.

Fatigue reduces attentiveness

and alertness to dangers, slows

reaction times and can lead to

microsleeps.

Tiredness can occur on any drive

- no matter how long or short, or

the time of day.

Driving at night is when you are

most at risk of tiredness, as well

as after lunch and early in the

morning.

Avoid driving tired

It’s important to think about

how tired you are before and

while you are driving. There are a

number of key strategies you can

use to lower the risks of driving

tired.

Get a good night’s

sleep

Where possible, avoid driving

between midnight and 6:00am,

when your body naturally wants

to sleep.

Plan regular

breaks

Know the early warning signs

of fatigue - yawning, sore

eyes, difficulty concentrating,

restlessness, oversteering.

While driving take

regular breaks

If you start to feel tired, or

experience any early warning

signs, pull over somewhere safe

and take a nap - 15-20 minutes

works best.

30 December 2021/January 2022


MICROSLEEP

The shortest but the most deadliest sleep.

It might be your last sleep if you are driving.

What is a Microsleep?

A microsleep is a brief and unintended

episode of sleep characterised by head

snapping, nodding or closing your eyes. It

can be deadly behind the wheel. During a

four-second microsleep, a vehicle travelling

at 60km/h will travel 67 metres while

completely out of the driver’s control.

Signs of Microsleep

Microsleeps occur when an individual loses

and regains awareness after a brief lapse

in consciousness, often without warning,

or when there are sudden shifts between

states of wakefulness and sleep. In

behavioural terms, microsleeps manifest as

droopy eyes, slow eyelid closure and head

nodding.

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NEW YEAR’S EVE IN PERTH

Special Christmas

Day co-payment

for WAV taxi

drivers

A special Department

of Transport (DoT) copayment

of $20.00 is

available to Wheelchair

Accessible Vehicle (WAV)

drivers for all TUSS

wheelchair journeys

completed on Christmas

Day (Saturday 25 December

2021) between 8.00am and

6.00pm.

This payment is in addition

to any regular co-payments

drivers may be entitled to.

WAV drivers and ondemand

booking services

are reminded that to claim

this payment they must

submit Christmas Day TUSS

vouchers on time, and

separately from regular

TUSS vouchers.

The City of Perth has announced

temporary road closures in

Northbridge to facilitate New

Year’s Eve celebrations.

William, James, Lake and Roe

streets will be closed between

4.00pm, Friday 31 December 2021

and 5.00am, Saturday 1 January

2022, as shown on the map below.

Active towing will begin from

3.00pm, Friday 31 December 2021,

with associated costs to be paid

by the vehicle owner prior to the

release of the impounded vehicle.

A dedicated on-demand transport

rank will be located on Melbourne

Street. The Melbourne Street

taxi rank will be a one-way

loop with the southbound lane

closed as part of the Roe Street

Development road closures and

construction works.

32 December 2021/January 2022


‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house

Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse;

No stockings were hung by the chimney or stair,

Would anyone notice? Did anyone care?

Her phone was switched off and stashed away

There was nothing planned for his Christmas Day

Nothing to celebrate, no festive affair

Just this empty room and that empty chair.

There used to be friends and places to see

But today there is nowhere she needs to be

Just this dinner for one, a small treat after tea

His only connection will be the TV.

Is there someone you know who might be alone?

Who could do with a friend, so they’re not on their own?

You can make a difference, here’s what you can do

For someone who’s waiting for contact from you

Invite them to lunch, visit or call

It’s not much to ask of you, not much at all

Chat on a screen or jump in the car.

Find out how they’re going, how they really are.

Give a conversation as your gift today

A hello, a how’s it, an “Are you OK?”

Some chit-chat, a natter, a check in or two

To say “I’m here and I care about you.”

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December 2021/January 2022

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STAYING COOL IN

SUMMER

HEAT

by Antonella Kearns

It’s officially hot outside, and the

inside of your car is even hotter.

Yikes!

We know what you’re thinking, “I’ll just put the air conditioner on”, as

simple as that sounds, it’s not recommended during these times (thanks

COVID-19) as the recirculated air in the vehicle and closed windows does

not allow for external airflow and therefore, not COVIDSafe.

But do not fear - we’re bringing you the hottest tips and tricks (no pun

intended) to keep you cool this Summer while you’re on the road.

Keeping hydrated is at the top of the list!

Dehydration is a serious concern for summer drivers, especially

on those scorcher days, as it can impact mental clarity, reaction

time, focus, concentration, thinking and even your mood. Keeping

hydrated will help you stay alert behind the wheel, so always keep

some water in the car with you.

34 December 2021/January 2022


Use a blanket or a towel

This one sounds odd, but hear us out. Using a blanket or a towel will

help protect your body when getting in the car, particularly if you

have leather seating. Leather seats can get extremely hot during

Summer when parked out in the sun, so if you have leather seats in

your vehicle, try laying a blanket or towel on the seats to keep them

cool. Another tip, remember to use light coloured blankets as they

don't attract and absorb more sun.

Use ice packs to keep cool

The key to staying cool is placing an ice pack on your wrists and the

back of your neck. These areas of your body are pulse points and

are closely connected to the part of your brain that controls body

temperature. If you don't have an ice pack handy, a cold cloth will

work just as fine.

Take a break

It's essential to take regular breaks, especially on those scorcher

days. A break doesn't have to be time-consuming; it could mean a

quick run in to get a bite to eat or stretching your legs after being

seated at the wheel for so long. Listen to your body; it knows what

to do!

Apply sunscreen

It goes without saying, using sunscreen as part of your everyday

skin routine in Australia, no matter your age or gender, is SunSmart

101. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer globally.

We can hear you thinking, ‘But I'm in a car’, well, even more reason

to use sunscreen. Today, most vehicles have tinted windows, which

reduces your exposure to the sun's UV radiation, reducing the risk

of sunburn, so if you like rolling with the windows down, ensure you

slip, slop, slap!

Wind the window down

Don't you hate when you wind down your window only to get

that constant thumping noise on the freeway? Well, we've got the

solution to not only fix this annoying issue (you're welcome!), but

it'll also help keep you cool - turn the fan on in the car and then open

a rear window enough to draw the draft through your car. Instant

cool feeling.

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December 2021/January 2022

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NEW SOUTH WALES news

SA News

Driver

VACCINATIONS

Keep evidence of your vaccination status and any medical certificate with you

when driving. SAPOL may ask to see this information to ensure you are complying

with the requirements. Evidence of your vaccination status must be provided to

any booking service provider from whom you accept trip bookings, as and when

requested.

The booking services should have in place policies, systems, procedures etc., that

support the Direction requirements so far as reasonably practical and within the

limits of the law, which may include sighting proof of vaccination.

You do not need to be vaccinated if you have a medical certificate or letter from a

medical practitioner certifying that you have a medical exemption from receiving

the vaccine or have an appointment to be assessed by a medical specialist to

determine whether you have a medical exemption.

Unvaccinated drivers

are now unable to

provide point to

point services to and

from the airports

listed, including

Adelaide Airport.

You will also not be

able to do any point

to point driving work

from 3 January 2022.

If you are

unvaccinated and

normally come into

contact with point to

point drivers as part

of your work, you

will not be able to do

work that involves

coming into close

contact with drivers

and passengers after

3 January 2022.

Penalties apply if

you do not comply

with the vaccination

requirements for

point-to-point

workers.

36 December 2021/January 2022


SOUTH AUSTRALIA news

PASSENGER TRANSPORT VEHICLES’ RWC

IS REDBOOK THE RIGHT

ENTITY TO DO SO?

The Department of Planning,

Transport and Infrastructure

(DPTI) has decided to allow

RedBook to commence service

in South Australia in the coming

months by joining existing

providers of vehicle inspections

- Rightway Automotive and the

RAA.

All passenger transport vehicles

must pass a periodic inspection

to be eligible for registration or

registration renewal. For taxis, a

roadworthy inspection is required

every six months. For chauffeured

vehicles and rideshares, a

roadworthy inspection is required

yearly.

Currently, only Rightway

Automotive and the RAA have

been approved to undertake these

regular roadworthy inspections.

The DPTI hopes that by

endorsing a third provider for

the roadworthy inspections, it

will make it even easier for all

operators to meet their inspection

responsibilities.

Passengers take more than eight

million trips annually in Adelaide

using personalised passenger

transport services.

The DPTI states that it assesses

the accreditation of all

passenger transport drivers

and vehicle services to ensure

safety standards, efficiency and

competency are met.

A few years back the Victorian

regulator authorised RedBook to

undertake vehicle inspections of

the taxis, hire cars and ride-share

vehicles. But, unfortunately, they

allowed RedBook to get away with

just a “vehicle inspection”- not a

roadworthy inspection.

It is hoped that the South

Australian regulator has

scrutinised RedBook sufficiently

and are ensuring that RedBook

doesn’t cut corners, but genuinely

undertake roadworthy inspections

of these essential public transport

vehicles.

The safety of drivers and

passengers must be a priority!

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December 2021/January 2022

37


SOUTH AUSTRALIA news

ACCESS TAXI DRIVERS TO GET

NEW LIFTING FEE

The South Australian Government

will now pay a lifting fee of $25

plus GST to the driver for all 50,

75 and 100% South Australian

Transport Subsidy Scheme

(SATSS) trips booked through

the Access Centralised Booking

Service.

This replaces the on-time bonus

previously payable to the driver

and the $10 lifting fee that applied

to 75 and 100% SATSS trips.

What are the changes?

Drivers will receive a $25 lifting

fee for any passenger who uses a

SATSS voucher or card to receive

a 50%, 75% or 100% fare subsidy

where the trip is booked through

the Access Centralised Booking

Service (CBS).

The lifting fee tariffs will be

displayed on the meter as:

• Tariff 5 (weekdays 6am to

7pm); and

• Tariff 6 (other times).

This replaces the existing lifting

fee and driver on-time bonus

payments for operators to

streamline the fees paid by the

State Government for provision of

this essential service.

What are the benefits?

The increased lifting fee payable

on a broader category of trips

seeks to improve service delivery

through reduced wait times and

improved services for Access Taxi

customers.

How does it work for

drivers?

50% member trips where a

voucher is being used will now be

treated in the same way as 75%

trips. The effect of this will be to

ensure the meter is paused and

Tariff 5 or 6 applied.

What's next?

From early 2022, the $25 lifting fee

will be expanded to all trips taken

by SATSS members regardless of

whether SATSS funds their trip.

38 December 2021/January 2022


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2022

HYUNDAI

IONIQ 5

Game-changing exterior design with retro

’80s cues and 3D-pixel LED lights.

Spacious, futuristic but ultimately practical

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to 800V electrical system.

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It only takes one glance at the Hyundai IONIQ 5’s

show-stopping concept car design to see this is no

ordinary SUV. Based on an all-new electric vehicle

platform and offering up to 450km of range, the

IONIQ 5 is one of the most expensive models ever

offered by the Korean brand in Australia, priced

from $71,900 plus on-road costs.

As a fully electric car, the Hyundai Ioniq 5 is

brimming with technology. On top of the usual

automatic braking and blind-spot warning systems,

it’s the first Hyundai ever to feature evasive

steering assist, junction crossing

assist and perpendicular braking protection. It

means the car will help prevent accidents at tricky

intersections and can assist during emergency

steering efforts. However, the 2022 Hyundai

Ioniq 5 is yet to be tested locally by ANCAP or

internationally by NCAP.

The Ioniq 5 simply oozes appeal and is already a

sell-out success, with the first batch of cars on sale

in Australia snapped up in record time.

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overseas news

Uber’s application to

expand in B.C. rejected

CANADA - The Passenger

Transportation Board (PTB) says it

has reviewed evidence showing a

decline in demand for passenger

transportation services across

British Columbia (B.C.) since the

COVID-19 pandemic began.

The board had granted Uber

approval to operate in the Lower

Mainland on January 23, 2020.

Uber had applied in April 2020

to expand further, but the PTB

rejected that request last week.

According to the PTB, the decision

was made in part due to declining

taxi-service usage during the

pandemic.

It says in its decision posted this

month, that taxi recovery from the

pandemic in the Lower Mainland

has been further hampered by

more ride-hailing, which has

assumed a significant share of the

market at the expense of taxis.

application at this time would

“unduly harm” existing ride-hailing

companies in regions outside

the Lower Mainland and those

areas are unable to absorb more

competition.

While it found Uber to be “fit and

proper” to deliver transportation

services, the PTB says it’s not

convinced there is a public need

for Uber’s service in the rest of the

province.

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“Further, the PTB considers that

the application, if granted at

this time, would not promote

sound economic conditions in the

passenger transportation business

in B.C,” it said.

Prior to the pandemic and launch

of Uber in the region, there were

1,017,921 taxi trips in January 2020.

The following month, taxi trips fell

to 849,520, while ride-hailing trips

were about 420,425.

By May 2021, ride-hailing trips in

the region surpassed one million,

while taxi trips had risen only

589,328.

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The PTB says granting Uber’s

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VICTORIA news

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NEW SOUTH WALES news

overseas news

Massachusetts’ taxi business sees

hope after the pandemic shifts

power in transportation

by BOB SEAY

BOSTON, MA - When the first ridesharing

companies arrived on the

scene almost a decade ago, many

thought they would spell the end of

the traditional taxi industry. Then,

the pandemic struck, and there was

little hope that taxis would even

survive.

But it is now clear to drivers and

owners that the pandemic actually

provided an opportunity for taxis

to adapt and potentially thrive. The

industry benefited government

grant money and less competition

from ride-sharing services during

the pandemic. Now, shifts in pricing

and new technology that allows

customers to call cabs, just as they

do ride-shares, is feeding optimism.

“We’re not back to our pre-Uber

and Lyft days,” said Cheryl Horan,

owner of the Green and Yellow

Taxi Company in Somerville, “but

we’re sustainable right now. And,

actually, instead of losing money,

we’re a little bit profitable, and

we’re looking to expand on that

and continue our success.”

It was the work taxis were doing

just before the pandemic that

ultimately helped them find a

path forward. As their regular

business was siphoned off by

ride-share companies, taxis began

providing non-emergency medical

transportation for local residents.

That service suddenly surged when

the pandemic hit and the state

stepped in to help, committing to

doling out $1 million in subsidies

through the Metropolitan Area

Planning Council.

“[The state] released a lot of

grant money for programs such

as vaccinations and getting

people to grocery shopping and

medical appointments that were

necessity transportation [because]

they were afraid to go on public

transportation,” Horan said.

Another upside for cabbies was

the fact that many Uber and

Lyft drivers stayed home during

the pandemic, leaving taxis as

the only alternative. Horan said

that transporting people during

the pandemic is what kept her

company afloat.

“We supplied our drivers with

Lysol wipes, the fogging of the

vehicle, the plastic partition, masks,

gloves,” she said. “We really felt

that it was important to protect our

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drivers so that they could, in turn,

protect the passengers that they

were transporting.”

The future appears to be

brightening for Boston-area taxis,

but even with hope in the air,

there’s still some uncertainty. And

taxi drivers like Jose Rodriques

know that, these days, you can’t

wait for the business to come to

you.

“I don’t like sitting around,”

Rodriques said. “That’s why I don’t

play the airport. I do work in the

neighborhoods. People in the

neighborhoods need taxis, and it’s

so busy you can go to Dorchester,

Roxbury — everywhere, and you

will be busy all day long.”

He’s also seeking out riders with

apps like WAAVE that allow users

to call cabs from their phone like,

Uber or Lyft.

Taxis are also benefitting from

pricing shifts, said Paolo Santi,

a principal research scientist at

MIT’s Senseable Cities Lab and

board member at Massachusetts

nonprofit Way Forward Taxi

Alliance. Better prices are what

drew so many customers to ride

shares in the first place. That’s

changing.

“The prices of Uber and Lyft

services initially were very low

because they were subsidized by

investors,” he said. “They just were

burning money.”

But ride-sharing companies

eventually had to raise rates to

show a profit. Now, taxis are more

competitive, something Rodriques

has heard from his riders.

“I just took a gentleman from

South Boston to Newton Heights,”

he said. “An Uber wanted $80,

and he actually used WAAVE, and

it was $42.15. From the airport to

Somerville, Uber wanted $50, and it

was $27 with the taxi.”

Another indication that the

industry is on the upswing is seen

in the buying and selling of taxi

medallions — the city-issued

OVERSEAS news

permits that allow taxis to operate.

There has been a big transition in

the ownership of taxis, according

to Chenelle Brown, director of

external affairs at Way Forward Taxi

Alliance. Gone are the large taxi

fleets of the past. Now, there are

more individual owners.

“The taxi industry in Boston

essentially is largely made up of

small, minority-owned businesses,”

Brown said. “And I think that’s an

important thing to note. A lot of

medallions have been purchased

over the last year or two.”

Those medallions used to go for

$300,000 to $400,000 each, but

now they cost about $18,000. The

fact that medallions are being

repurchased is a sign that some

taxi drivers are optimistic they can

make a go of it, Brown said.

There’s hope that the taxi

business, which was once

thought as nearly dead, has

plenty of life left in it.

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