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4 Unveiling Uber’s Ugliness.<br />

ACT<br />

8 ACT is racing ahead on clean transport.<br />


10 The Uber reckoning.<br />

12 Victoria’s Regulator has a new name.<br />

14<br />

Victorian Metro Taxi Rank & Hail fare<br />

review.<br />


NSW 32 Uber’s secret lobbying in UK.<br />

16 Taxi registration is now online.<br />


18<br />

20 Increase in Rank & Hail fares.<br />

21 Changes to the annual vehicle inspection.<br />

22<br />

33<br />

Passenger Transport Act 1994 is under<br />

review.<br />


WAV modification grant expressions of<br />

interest now open.<br />

23 New cameras will catch you!<br />

Taxi and PHV drivers should do advanced<br />

driving test.<br />

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<strong>July</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



UBER’S<br />


by Isobel Sparrow<br />

Mark MacGann has taken ownership of being the one to have leaked more than 124,000<br />

company files to the news agencies that are now painting Uber in a negative light. His<br />

initiative was to shed light on some of the fundamental wrongs his former employer<br />

committed in order to achieve the stance they now have in the transport industry.<br />

But who is Mark MacGann, and how was he involved in Uber? He is the ex-chief lobbyist<br />

for the company’s Europe offices, where his job description entailed winning over<br />

governments across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. But after quitting and reflecting<br />

on his past work, he said enough was enough!<br />

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He left the company after<br />

claiming that Uber’s culture<br />

left him feeling “powerless to<br />

question or change its ways” and<br />

that if he contested, it would<br />

“put his family’s safety at risk”<br />

(The Guardian). Ultimately,<br />

leading to his decision to release<br />

the company’s secret files.<br />

The information he has given<br />

showcased, in intricate detail,<br />

how Uber defied laws, deceived<br />

police, exploited violence against<br />

drivers, and furtively lobbied<br />

countries to intrusively build<br />

itself. Uber has even admitted<br />

that it did these illegal acts,<br />

masking their intensity by calling<br />

them ‘mistakes’, but still asks for<br />

our forgiveness.<br />

One of the company’s<br />

ambassadors, Jill Hazelbaker,<br />

called the public to judge what<br />

Uber has achieved in the last five<br />

years and what it can achieve in<br />

the future - instead of focussing<br />

on how the company broke the<br />

law.<br />

Here in Australia, the underhanded<br />

way that Uber<br />

represented itself and the lies<br />

it told about the Australian taxi<br />

industry, was not lesser than<br />

what it did overseas. Actually it<br />

was probably worse.<br />

Further, more documents have<br />

been released which show that<br />

Uber sought to lobby Australian<br />

governments, specifically the<br />

industry regulator, in all States<br />

and Territories, to legalise its<br />

illegal operation in Victoria.<br />

Guardian Australia reports that<br />

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the documents reveal claims<br />

made within the company that<br />

it had struck a secret deal with<br />

Victoria’s taxi authority.<br />

Emails show in early September<br />

2014 that, Uber’s policy head for<br />

the Asia Pacific, Jordan Condo,<br />

met with the chair of Victoria’s<br />

Taxi Services Commission,<br />

Graeme Samuel – a former chair<br />

of the Australian competition<br />

regulator described by Uber staff<br />

as “a staunch pro-competition<br />

advocate”.<br />

“An agreement was reached<br />

[with the TSC] that will create a<br />

process to accredit uberX drivers<br />

in the coming months with a plan<br />

to license ridesharing in early<br />

2015,” Uber staff said in a weekly<br />

email roundup of lobbying<br />

activity around the globe.<br />

However, Samuels told Guardian<br />

Australia: “There was no secret<br />

deal done with Uber or anyone<br />

else associated with rideshare<br />

services.”<br />

Guardian Australia also reports<br />

that Uber hired lobbyist John<br />

Richardson, a former senior<br />

Labor staffer, to petition the<br />

New South Wales government on<br />

its In addition, claims emerged<br />

it was working with the NSW<br />

Labor opposition to write a bill<br />

to legalise Uber in that State.<br />

According to a 10 <strong>July</strong> 2014<br />

email that Richardson sent to<br />

a colleague, the former adviser<br />

to the Hawke, Keating and Carr<br />

governments was to “provide<br />

public affairs support to Uber for<br />

the state of New South Wales<br />

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and advice regarding the rest of<br />

Australia”.<br />

Uber knew and fully<br />

understood that it was<br />

launched illegally in<br />

Australia, so it leaned on<br />

governments to change<br />

the law.<br />

Yes, that’s right! Uber, for lack of<br />

other words, wanted a free pass<br />

when it came to the law!<br />

And yes, Uber had and still has<br />

the money, power and means<br />

to wiggle its way into many<br />

countries. But where were our<br />

laws or preventative measures to<br />

stop this?<br />

Where were those in our<br />

governments worldwide, in our<br />

countries, who could have and<br />

should have, done their jobs?<br />

Hiding under their desks, burying<br />

their heads in the sand, because<br />

a big loud entity was making a<br />

noise, disrupting the taxi and<br />

hire car industry, and they didn’t<br />

know what to do to curb them.<br />

Lawyer Michael Donnelly, who<br />

is leading the Maurice Blackburn<br />

class action against Uber, told<br />

Guardian Australia: “We allege<br />

that the commencement of Uber<br />

in Australia, operating illegally,<br />

had a devastating effect on<br />

the holders of taxi licences in<br />

Victoria, Queensland, New South<br />

Wales and Western Australia.”<br />

“Taxi licence holders were often<br />

from working-class backgrounds<br />

and had invested enormous sums<br />

of money to acquire taxi licences<br />

in a full and regulated market.<br />


The practices of Uber that we<br />

allege were illegal and caused<br />

the value of those licences to be<br />

severely impacted.”<br />

In a preliminary ruling in the<br />

case, Associate Justice Patricia<br />

Matthews found there were<br />

reasonable grounds to suggest<br />

that Uber was operating illegally<br />

in Melbourne from 23 January<br />

2014 and illegally in NSW,<br />

Queensland and WA from 14 April<br />

2014.<br />

She said that “the attempts<br />

made by the defendants [Uber]<br />

to avoid enforcement were<br />

an aspect of building scale,<br />

garnering public support, and<br />

growing the business (including<br />

by attracting and retaining UberX<br />

partners) until they had managed<br />

to flip a city”.<br />

“I accept the plaintiffs’<br />

submission that ridesharing<br />

offences were being committed<br />

systemically and on a large<br />

scale,” she said. “Even if at trial<br />

it is found otherwise, there are<br />

reasonable grounds for making<br />

this finding as part of this<br />

application.”<br />

The ruling has allowed taxi<br />

licence operators to use<br />

documents that Uber claimed<br />

didn’t have to be disclosed<br />

because they contained legal<br />

advice. But the judge found that<br />

some of the documents could<br />

be used in court because they<br />

contained advice on how to<br />

circumvent the law.<br />

Guardian Australia reports that<br />

“Uber’s ultimate success in<br />

Australia had a devastating effect<br />

on holders of taxi licences, and<br />

“presents a serious case study<br />

of regulatory failure”, according<br />

to Michael Donnelly, a principal<br />

lawyer at Maurice Blackburn.<br />

“In the future, state government<br />

regulators have to be far<br />

more resistant to large private<br />

companies entering the market<br />

and seeking to bully them in the<br />

way that Uber did.”<br />

But how can we do this when<br />

Uber has our leaders in their<br />

pockets. World-renowned<br />

leaders from places like France,<br />

USA, Britain, and Australia have<br />

all fallen to the money and power<br />

Uber can, and has provided.<br />

When will it stop?<br />

In conclusion, the ubiquity of<br />

Uber today was achieved on a<br />

premise of unfairness and, let<br />

us not forget, illegal actions.<br />

But unfortunately, government<br />

officials, industry regulators, and<br />

other authoritative bodies let us<br />

down when they masked Uber’s<br />

behaviour. Still, maybe with<br />

some urgency and fairy dust, we<br />

can work together to help those<br />

treated adversely.<br />

This is not to say that all hope is<br />

lost. It is not. We can still fight<br />

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ACT News<br />

Racing ahead<br />

on clean<br />

transport<br />


The ACT government’s new zeroemission<br />

vehicles (ZEVs) strategy<br />

is a green light to carmakers and<br />

charging station companies to<br />

invest and will deliver Canberrans<br />

cleaner, cheaper roads, according<br />

to the Electric Vehicle Council.<br />

Behyad Jafari, chief executive of<br />

the EVC, said the ACT was leading<br />

the nation in a smooth, affordable<br />

transition to zero emissions.<br />

“The ACT Government is making<br />

the tough reform decisions now<br />

to ease an inevitable transition<br />

that’s only a decade away,” said<br />

Mr Jafari.<br />

“The Territory has shone a green<br />

light to car makers and charging<br />

manufacturers to come and invest<br />

now.”<br />

The new plan to phase out light<br />

internal combustion engines by<br />

2035 is informed by an ambitious<br />

target of 80-90% of new light<br />

vehicle sales being ZEVs by 2030.<br />

Andrew Stock, energy expert and<br />

Climate Councillor, said, “Australia<br />

has long been stuck in the slow<br />

lane when it comes to electric<br />

transport uptake, but the ACT’s<br />

game-changing policy to phase out<br />

new fossil fuel-powered cars is a<br />

welcome step forward.”<br />

“The ACT has set the bar for the<br />

rest of the country in reducing<br />

emissions from light passenger<br />

vehicle fleets while also delivering<br />

lower pollution levels and a<br />

reduced reliance on expensive<br />

petrol,” said Mr Stock.<br />

“By setting long-term targets<br />

in line with climate science,<br />

Canberrans will benefit from<br />

cheaper electric vehicles that cost<br />

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a fraction to run,” Mr Jafari said.<br />

“Nearly a majority (42%) of the<br />

world’s car market have incoming<br />

bans on light combustion engines,<br />

while 16 car makers are phasing<br />

out petrol and diesel cars. Five<br />

years ago, both those numbers<br />

were zero. Can you imagine what<br />

the world will look like five years<br />

from now?”<br />

The strategy also includes financial<br />

incentives to remove the major<br />

barrier to people taking up electric<br />

vehicles.<br />

“We need the federal government<br />

to adopt fuel efficiency standards<br />

in line with those in Europe, the<br />

USA, and NZ. As a country coming<br />

from behind, we now need them<br />

urgently,” Mr Jafari said.<br />

“Taking action to price registration<br />

by emissions sets a clear<br />

expectation that lower and zero<br />

emissions vehicles should be<br />

better off compared to more<br />

heavily polluting vehicles under<br />

any future reform.<br />

While fuel efficiency standards—<br />

which limit the average amount<br />

of CO2 that a manufacturer’s fleet<br />

can emit—have been adopted<br />

across about 80 per cent of the<br />

global light car market, they are<br />

absent in Australia.<br />

“Australia’s poor track record<br />

on fuel emissions and electric<br />

transport have made us a dumping<br />

ground for some of the world’s<br />

highest emitting vehicles,” said Mr<br />

Stock.<br />

“All other Australian states and<br />

territories should step up and<br />

set similar targets to shift to<br />

an electric transport system<br />

that reduces emissions, and<br />

can be powered by affordable,<br />

homegrown renewable energy<br />

rather than imported oil,” added<br />

Mr Stock.<br />

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VIC News<br />

The Uber<br />


In recent days we have had a number<br />

of reports released by the Guardian<br />

newspaper about a trove of 124,000<br />

confidential documents leaked from Uber.<br />

These consisted of emails, iMessages and<br />

WhatsApp exchanges between the Silicon<br />

Valley giant’s most senior executives, as<br />

well as memos, presentations, notebooks,<br />

briefing papers and invoices. The data reveals<br />

how Uber knowingly flouted the law, duped<br />

police, exploited violence against drivers<br />

and secretly lobbied governments across the<br />

world.<br />

I could not say it better than in the words<br />

of Dalia Gebrial, an English political<br />

commentator and journalist, who writes -<br />

“What the Uber files confirm is that Uber’s<br />

rise is not some ‘free market’ success story.<br />

It was a co-ordinated theft of our urban<br />

economies, based on exploitation and<br />

aggressive lobbying. Much of which was – in<br />

the words of Uber execs – ‘f***ing illegal’.”<br />

Rod Barton MLC<br />

Leader, Transport Matters Party<br />

The Uber files merely confirm what the<br />

taxi and hire car industry suspected for a<br />

very long time. In Australia, these claims<br />

form the basis of an ongoing class action<br />

lawsuit against the company represented by<br />

Maurice Blackburn on behalf of licenced taxi<br />

operators.<br />

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That Uber was able to operate without<br />

the required permits, and did so without<br />

consequence while regulators were<br />

asleep at the wheel caused the value of<br />

those licences to be severely impacted.<br />

It is clear Uber bulldozed its way<br />

into cities around the world with<br />

little regard for taxi regulations<br />

while simultaneously lobbying<br />

aggressively for those same laws<br />

or regulations to be altered to<br />

accommodate it.<br />

For example, despite<br />

Australian state laws<br />

requiring taxis and hire<br />

cars to obtain a licence<br />

prior to operating, Uber<br />

set up shop in Australia in<br />

2012 without the required<br />

permits.<br />

Taxi licence holders were often<br />

from working-class backgrounds<br />

and had invested enormous sums<br />

of money to acquire taxi licences in<br />

a full and regulated market.<br />

That Uber was able to operate<br />

without the required permits and<br />

did so without consequence while<br />

regulators were asleep at the<br />

wheel caused the value of those<br />

licences to be severely impacted.<br />

This led to devastating financial<br />

consequences for the incumbent<br />

industry, the legacy of which<br />

continues today.<br />

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If Uber and their business<br />

approach is the poster boy<br />

for the gig economy then<br />

we are in serious trouble.<br />

This situation presents a serious<br />

case study of regulatory failure but<br />

is not without remedy.<br />

The whistleblower behind the leak,<br />

Mark MacGann, Uber’s former<br />

chief lobbyist in Europe, the<br />

Middle East and Africa, says he has<br />

decided to speak out.<br />

Mr MacGann believes Uber’s senior<br />

executives knowingly “sold people<br />

a lie” about the economic benefits<br />

to drivers of the company’s gig<br />

economy model.<br />

‘It is my duty to [now] speak<br />

up and help governments and<br />

parliamentarians right some<br />

fundamental wrongs. Morally, I<br />

had no choice in the matter.’<br />

Hindsight is 20/20 vision.<br />

The revelation in the Uber files<br />

is a timely call for a serious and<br />

considered evaluation of how the<br />

local taxi and hire car industry was<br />

allowed to unravel, the part Uber<br />

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played in steering these outcomes<br />

for their own benefit, and the way<br />

regulators enabled this.<br />

State governments and politicians<br />

across the spectrum should<br />

have been far more resistant to<br />

bullying by a large private company<br />

entering the market.<br />

In many cases, the enthusiasm<br />

of government to embrace the<br />

vision they were sold has resulted<br />

in the baby being thrown out with<br />

the bath water at the expense of<br />

law-abiding small business owners.<br />

Decision makers were sold a lemon.<br />

We cannot reverse the<br />

past. But we can repair it.<br />

As in the case of Mr MacGann, time<br />

and reflection have brought this<br />

matter to the fore.<br />

Morally, there is no choice but<br />

for Australian state governments<br />

across the country to clear<br />

their conscience and own their<br />

contribution to the financial<br />

destruction and decimation of<br />

a once viable and prosperous<br />

industry.<br />


VICTORIA news<br />


New name with<br />

Same faces<br />

The Victorian Government has<br />

merged two of its safety entities,<br />

Commercial Passenger Vehicles<br />

Victoria (CPVV) and Transport<br />

Safety Victoria (TSV).<br />

Effective 1 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2022</strong>, this new entity<br />

will be known as Safe Transport<br />

Victoria (STV).<br />

This is the fourth name for the<br />

regulator in 10 years -<br />

1. Victorian Taxi Directorate<br />

(VTD) -><br />

2. Taxi Services Commission<br />

(TSC) -><br />

3. Commercial Passenger<br />

Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) -><br />

4. Safety Transport Victoria (STV).<br />

Safe Transport Victoria has been<br />

created to oversee the bus and<br />

maritime industries, along with the<br />

Multi Purpose Taxi Program.<br />

It apparently will continue to<br />

oversee commercial passenger<br />

vehicle regulation, including driver<br />

accreditation, vehicle registration,<br />

medical assessments, and vehicle<br />

inspections.<br />

Tammy O’Connor has been named<br />

CEO of Safe Transport Victoria<br />

and will lead STV into a new era of<br />

delivering support and direction to<br />

operators, managers and users of<br />

these critical services via one point<br />

of contact.<br />

Even though CPVV hasn’t been<br />

able to fulfil this role competently<br />

over the past years, the Victorian<br />

Government still decided to bring<br />

the CPVV’s current senior leadership<br />

over to the new regulator and<br />

additionally give them responsibility<br />

for the bus and waterway systems.<br />

Many of us hoped that this merger<br />

would mean appointing a new team<br />

of leaders passionate about fixing<br />

the industry. But, alas, this is not<br />

the case.<br />

“The regulator was unable to<br />

perform their duties correctly when<br />

they only looked after commercial<br />

passenger vehicles - how are they<br />

going to be able to look after<br />

additional areas added to their<br />

portfolio?” said Rod Barton MP,<br />

Leader of Transport Matters Party.<br />

What will change? How will this<br />

new entity make any difference<br />

to how regulations are enforced<br />

within the taxi, hire car and rideshare<br />

industry?<br />

“Notably absent from the<br />

announcement was a vision for the<br />

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future, strategic plan, or industry<br />

priorities. I believe that the merger<br />

appears to be nothing more than a<br />

change of name, falling short of the<br />

serious reform that is needed,” said<br />

Mr Barton.<br />

“The regulator has long had a<br />

fractured relationship with the<br />

industry. This is after years of<br />

policy that simultaneously fails to<br />

regulate commercial operators<br />

and drivers, while also crippling<br />

them with unjustified and<br />

unnecessary bureaucracy.”<br />

“We will not be taken for idiots.<br />

There needs to be some serious<br />

reform before the regulator can<br />

mend its relationship with the<br />

industry,” added Mr Barton.<br />

Over the years, there have been,<br />

and still continue to be, numerous<br />

issues that the CPVV could not<br />

handle.<br />

Firstly there is the lack of data<br />

management. CPVV cannot<br />

accurately determine who is active<br />

in the industry - not the number of<br />

drivers, operators or even vehicles.<br />

Then there is the poor<br />

management of the Multi Purpose<br />

Taxi Program (MPTP), which<br />

means there is a high probability<br />

that regional areas will not have<br />

any WATs for their disabled<br />

population.<br />

The recent report from the<br />

Inquiry into the MPTP, even found<br />

that the CPVV, ‘demonstrate a<br />

disdain for accountability which,<br />

it would seem, takes priority over<br />

its obligations to the safety of<br />

vulnerable Victorians.’<br />

Right now, the CPVV are in<br />

VCAT fighting against a Privacy<br />

Commissioner ruling to release<br />

documents as part of an FOI<br />

request, and CPVV continues to<br />

stonewall this. Really! What are<br />

they hiding?<br />

The lack of regulatory<br />

enforcement of rideshare safety<br />

requirements has led to multiple<br />

cases of sexual assaults. This, in<br />

turn, fuels public opinion that<br />

rideshare vehicles/drivers are not<br />

as safe as they purport to be.<br />

The Regulator’s lack of control and<br />

enforcement on illegal commercial<br />

passenger vehicles, primarily<br />

wedding car operators and<br />

limousine operators, is a complete<br />

farce.<br />

So, where does our industry stand?<br />

Are we eventually going to<br />

have a level playing field<br />

and less bureaucracy in<br />

the Victorian taxi, hire car,<br />

and ride-share industry?<br />

Will there be better control and<br />

fairness to all by the regulator?<br />

Will there be better safety<br />

measures implemented for all<br />

facets of the industry?<br />

There is an economic crisis in the<br />

industry. There are 120,000 drivers<br />

on Victorian roads fighting for a<br />

smaller piece of the pie every day.<br />

It is critical for the regulators to<br />

understand that their decisions<br />

affect not only drivers but also their<br />

families.<br />

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VICTORIA news<br />


RANK & HAIL<br />

Fare Review<br />

The Essential Services<br />

Commission (ESC) are reviewing<br />

maximum fares for unbooked<br />

taxi services that begin in<br />

the metropolitan and urban<br />

zones, which cover most of<br />

metropolitan Melbourne,<br />

Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo,<br />

Frankston, Dandenong, and the<br />

Mornington Peninsula.<br />

The ESC released their draft<br />

decision on maximum fares for<br />

unbooked taxis on 1 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Their draft decision is to<br />

increase the maximum<br />

fares for unbooked taxi<br />

trips that begin in the<br />

Melbourne metropolitan<br />

or urban and large<br />

regional zones by 10.4 per<br />

cent.<br />

The proposed increase will apply<br />

equally to the tariff components<br />

(flagfall, distance rate and time<br />

rate) for each tariff period.<br />

This is the first fare increase<br />

proposed since 2014 and reflects<br />

recent increases in the costs<br />

of providing unbooked taxi<br />

services.<br />

The new taxi cost index suggests<br />

that the costs of operating<br />

unbooked taxi services have<br />

increased by 10.4 per cent since<br />

the last fare review in 2020. The<br />

main contributors to the 10.4 per<br />

cent increase are:<br />

• fuel costs at 6 per cent -<br />

accounts for the change in<br />

fuel costs<br />

• driver labour at 4.3 per cent:<br />

accounts for the use of the<br />

Fair Work Commission's<br />

annual wage review as a<br />

cost inflator for driver labour<br />

instead of the wage price<br />

index (transport, postal and<br />

warehousing).<br />

The draft decision takes<br />

into account the Victorian<br />

government's recent<br />

amendments to the Commercial<br />

Passenger Vehicle Industry<br />

Act 2017, which gave the<br />

ESC discretion to consider<br />

the Fair Work Commission's<br />

annual wage review and the<br />

commercial viability of operating<br />

a taxi service when setting the<br />

maximum fares.<br />

The ESC proposes to include a<br />

fare adjustment mechanism in<br />

their price determination which,<br />

if needed, would allow maximum<br />

fares to automatically increase or<br />

decrease between fare reviews<br />

without requiring a price review.<br />

The fare adjustment mechanism<br />

will only account for any changes<br />

in fuel prices and next year's<br />

wage review by the Fair Work<br />

Commission.<br />

Taxi driver earnings depend on a<br />

combination of:<br />

• the demand for and supply<br />

of commercial passenger<br />

vehicle services<br />

• the demand for and supply<br />

of taxi drivers<br />

• fares charged<br />

• how revenue is shared<br />

between taxi drivers and<br />

operators, which is currently<br />

at a minimum 55:45 ratio.<br />

14 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2022</strong>


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NEW SOUTH WALES news<br />

NSW News<br />

Taxi<br />

Registration<br />

<strong>NOW</strong> ON LINE<br />

For the first time, almost 5,000<br />

taxi operators across NSW will<br />

be able to renew their vehicle<br />

registration online via the Service<br />

NSW website, saving them<br />

from having to visit a Service<br />

NSW Centre to complete the<br />

transaction.<br />

Minister for Customer Service<br />

and Digital Government Victor<br />

Dominello said the digitisation<br />

of the taxi registration process<br />

was the result of strong advocacy<br />

of the NSW Taxi Council and<br />

collaboration with Transport for<br />

NSW and Service NSW.<br />

“This is a small but significant win<br />

for taxi operators, and I want to<br />

thank the NSW Taxi Council for<br />

their advocacy for this change<br />

over several years,” Mr Dominello<br />

said.<br />

“Previously, to renew a taxi<br />

registration, operators were<br />

required to visit a Service NSW<br />

Centre during business hours<br />

or call the Contact Centre to<br />

complete the transaction,” Mr<br />

Dominello said.<br />

“We have listened to industry<br />

feedback, and as a result of this<br />

change, taxi owners and operators<br />

will now be able to renew their<br />

registration in a way that is most<br />

convenient to them.”<br />

“The online form has been<br />

extensively user tested and only<br />

takes a few minutes to complete.”<br />

Taxi operators are required to<br />

complete their Compulsory Third<br />

Party Insurance and eSafety<br />

inspection report before renewing<br />

their taxi registration online.<br />

Customers can still attend a<br />

Service Centre or call 13 77 88 to<br />

renew their taxi registration if they<br />

prefer.<br />

16 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

Help yourself stay well this Winter. To protect yourself,<br />

you need a flu shot every year.<br />

You may have heard that you’ll get sick from the flu shot. Or you may think the flu is<br />

just a worse version of the common cold. But in reality, the flu can be quite serious. By<br />

getting vaccinated, you’re making a choice to protect yourself and others from a bad case<br />

of the flu. And the vaccine’s safety has been tested for more than 50 years.<br />


Flu can be deadly.<br />

It’s true that the flu vaccine does not always<br />

protect you from every strain of flu during<br />

flu season, but it does protect you from the<br />

most common. And because of that, getting<br />

vaccinated every year significantly reduces your<br />

risk of getting the flu.<br />


• Reduce your chance of having to go to the<br />

doctor or the emergency room with flurelated<br />

illness<br />

• Lessen the severity of your symptoms if<br />

you do get the flu<br />

• Keep you from spreading the flu to those<br />

around you, like your family and friends<br />



The flu shot is made from one flu virus protein<br />

or an inactivated virus, and this vaccine cannot<br />

cause you to get the flu.<br />

When you get a flu vaccine, your body builds<br />

up antibodies to fight against infection with the<br />

virus.<br />

Some people may experience side effects from<br />

the flu vaccine. This includes soreness, redness<br />

or swelling at the injection site, headache,<br />

fever, nausea or tiredness. This is true of many<br />

medications. Side effects from the flu vaccine<br />

generally go away on their own within a day or<br />

two.<br />

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A ‘BAD COLD’<br />

Because the common cold and flu share similar<br />

symptoms, many people think flu, is a more<br />

severe form of cold. Cold and flu are both<br />

respiratory illnesses, but they’re caused by<br />

different viruses.<br />

You’re more likely to experience a runny nose<br />

and cough when you get a cold. Cold rarely<br />

leads to complications, and symptoms usually<br />

resolve within 1–2 weeks.<br />

With flu, your symptoms can be more severe<br />

and may include fever, chills, sore throat, cough,<br />

body aches, headache, and fatigue. If not<br />

treated, flu can lead to serious complications,<br />

such as pneumonia, or even death.<br />

<strong>July</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />



SA News<br />

REVIEW<br />


TRANSPORT ACT 1994<br />

The South Australian Government<br />

is reviewing the point to point<br />

transport industry regulation under<br />

the Passenger Transport Act 1994.<br />

Point to point transport is any<br />

service in a vehicle with 12 seats<br />

or less (including the driver) that<br />

can take customers on the route<br />

they choose, at the time that suits<br />

them, for a fare. This includes<br />

taxis, chauffeurs and ridesourcing<br />

(rideshare).<br />

The review will focus on improving<br />

the regulatory standards of all<br />

taxi and ridesource (rideshare)<br />

operators to help ensure South<br />

Australians can expect a safe,<br />

clean and reliable ride, regardless<br />

of what transport provider they<br />

choose.<br />

To help inform the review, the<br />

Department for Infrastructure<br />

and Transport is seeking feedback<br />

about how point to point<br />

passenger transport should be<br />

regulated.<br />

Your feedback will help shape the future of point to<br />

point transport in South Australia.<br />

They are wanting feedback from all facets of P2P<br />

transport, including:<br />

• Customer experiences travelling around<br />

the community using taxi, chauffeur and/or<br />

ridesourcing (rideshare) services.<br />

• Driver, licence owner and operator experiences in<br />

providing point to point transport services.<br />

Fill out the Passenger Transport Act Review Survey to<br />

help the government better understand your views<br />

about point to point transport - https://yoursay.sa.gov.<br />

au/passenger-transport-act-review.<br />

The closing date for submissions is 1 August, <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to<br />

complete.<br />

18 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

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WA News<br />


Rank & Hail Fares<br />

Maximum metered rank and<br />

hail (taxi) fares will increase by<br />

approximately 2% from Monday, 1<br />

August <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

The increase aims to assist<br />

On-Demand Booking Services<br />

(OBDS) and drivers who provide<br />

rank or hail services, to manage<br />

increasing operating cost<br />

pressures.<br />

ODBSs are reminded that:<br />

• they cannot increase their<br />

metered rank or hail fares<br />

before Monday, 1 August<br />

<strong>2022</strong>; and<br />

• the regulated fares are<br />

maximums – ODBSs can<br />

choose to apply all, some, or<br />

none of the increase to their<br />

fares.<br />

This fare increase is an interim<br />

measure while Department of<br />

Transport (DoT) is progressing<br />

its review of the regulation of<br />

maximum taxi fares.<br />

The initial consultation stage<br />

conducted by KPMG has now<br />

concluded and DoT is currently<br />

considering the findings.<br />

20 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2022</strong>



Annual vehicle<br />

inspection<br />

To assist operators in complying<br />

with the annual vehicle inspection<br />

requirement, the Department<br />

of Transport (DoT) has made<br />

improvements to the vehicle licence<br />

renewal process.<br />

A maximum licence expiry period<br />

of 12 months applies to any vehicle<br />

which is subject to an annual<br />

inspection requirement, which<br />

includes Passenger Transport<br />

Vehicles.<br />

This means that, regardless of which<br />

renewal period/s you choose (3, 6<br />

or 12 months), you will be unable to<br />

renew your licence for a combined<br />

licence period that is greater than<br />

12 months without first passing an<br />

annual inspection.<br />

Holders of vehicle licences for<br />

vehicles which are subject to annual<br />

inspection requirements should<br />

note the following:<br />

• You will be unable to renew<br />

your licence for any period that<br />

would result in your annual<br />

inspection being overdue.<br />

• You will receive an annual<br />

inspection reminder letter 42<br />

days before your maximum<br />

licence expiry date.<br />

• Once you have completed a<br />

successful annual inspection,<br />

you will be sent a renewal<br />

notice automatically.<br />

• If your vehicle does not pass a<br />

required inspection before the<br />

expiry of the maximum licence<br />

period (12 months) your vehicle<br />

licence will expire, the vehicle<br />

cannot be driven, can be<br />

impounded, and your insurance<br />

may be invalid.<br />


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Expressions of Interest<br />

Expressions of interest are<br />

now open for the Wheelchair<br />

Accessible Vehicle Modification<br />

Grant<br />

To help increase accessible<br />

transport options for people<br />

with disability, each year,<br />

Department of Transport (DoT)<br />

provides grants of up to $20,000<br />

to assist eligible operators with<br />

the cost of purchasing and<br />

installing a wheelchair hoist and<br />

restraint systems in a wheelchair<br />

accessible on-demand rank or<br />

hail (taxi) vehicle.<br />

Expressions of interest (EOIs)<br />

are now being accepted from<br />

authorised on-demand rank or<br />

hail (taxi) passenger transport<br />

drivers seeking a Rank or Hail<br />

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle<br />

Modification Grant.<br />

Expressions of interest close<br />

5.00pm, Friday 2 September<br />

<strong>2022</strong>.<br />

There are a limited number of<br />

grants – submitting an EOI does<br />

not mean you will be successful<br />

in receiving a grant.<br />

Please note: If you’re operating<br />

primarily in the Perth and Peel<br />

areas, you will need a current<br />

association arrangement with<br />

DoT’s dedicated Multi-purpose<br />

Taxi Dispatch Service (currently<br />

Black & White Cabs, trading as<br />

BWC MPT).<br />

22 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2022</strong>




New cameras will<br />

catch you<br />

Perth drivers who use their mobile phones and travel<br />

without wearing seatbelts will be caught on camera in<br />

a trial of new Australian-first technology.<br />

For the next three months, six mobile point-to-point<br />

road safety cameras will be placed in pairs around<br />

Perth's metropolitan area and up to 200km out on<br />

regional roads, detecting average and top speeds of<br />

road users.<br />

Road Safety Minister Paul Papalia said no fines would<br />

be issued under the trial, but those caught acting<br />

egregiously will have their details forwarded to police<br />

for investigation.<br />

“Say someone speeding well in excess of the speed<br />

limit and doing something really dangerous. That<br />

information obviously can be used by police to<br />

investigate,” he said.<br />

Last year, 14 of more than 160 fatalities on the roads<br />

had not been wearing a seatbelt.<br />

Papalia said the trial would help inform where large<br />

numbers of certain types of offences were occurring<br />

and where to deploy more law enforcement.<br />

Western Australians are fined $500 for touching or<br />

using a phone plus three demerit points, but using it<br />

as a streaming service while driving gets a $1,000 fine<br />

and four demerit points.<br />

Not wearing a seatbelt starts at $550.<br />

There is no limit on the number of cars the cameras<br />

can photograph at a time, with each car detected.<br />

Images that do not detect offending behaviour will be<br />

discarded.<br />

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<strong>July</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


QLD News<br />


FARE<br />

5.5% INCREASE<br />

An increase to maximum taxi<br />

fares of 5.5% took effect on 1 <strong>July</strong><br />

<strong>2022</strong>, following a review by the<br />

Department of Transport and<br />

Main Roads of maximum taxi<br />

fares.<br />

Maximum fares apply to all rank<br />

and hail taxi services. In addition,<br />

booked hire services are subject<br />

to maximum fares only if the<br />

service is for a member of<br />

the Taxi Subsidy Scheme or<br />

is provided in a Wheelchair<br />

Accessible Taxi to a person using<br />

a wheelchair.<br />

Maximum fares do not apply for<br />

all other personalised transport<br />

services that are booked. Booked<br />

hire services include booked taxi<br />

services, limousine and ridebooking<br />

services.<br />

A fare estimate (in Australian<br />

dollars) must be provided before<br />

the journey commences, or the<br />

fare is agreed to upfront.<br />

All taximeters must comply with<br />

the maximum fares notice and<br />

must be configured in such a way<br />

as to only reflect the approved<br />

fare components.<br />

New taxi fare stickers are being<br />

distributed to taxi operators<br />

throughout the state via TMR’s<br />

Passenger Transport Offices and<br />

must be displayed in all taxis by<br />

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Live Payments<br />

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Tap to<br />

Phone<br />

product for SMEs<br />

Live Payments, one of Australia’s leading payment providers with over 11,000<br />

merchants, have announced a new partnership with Visa to help Australian small<br />

and micro businesses, and taxi operators, accept digital payments securely and<br />

conveniently using Visa technology.<br />

Brian McGrory from Visa and Reuven Barukh from Live Payments<br />

26 <strong>July</strong> <strong>2022</strong>

In a game-changer for small<br />

businesses and a first for taxi<br />

operators in Australia, Live<br />

Payments will employ Visa’s Tap to<br />

Phone technology to transform a<br />

merchant’s smartphone[1] into a<br />

point-of-sale device. Participating<br />

merchants will be able to<br />

accept fast, secure payments<br />

from any contactless-enabled<br />

Visa card, device or wearable,<br />

which a customer simply taps<br />

to pay against the merchant’s<br />

smartphone or tablet.<br />

With no additional hardware or<br />

device required, Tap to Phone is an<br />

especially exciting option for small<br />

and micro businesses that may not<br />

have the resources for full point of<br />

sale infrastructure.<br />

Brian McGrory, Visa’s head of<br />

merchant sales and acquiring<br />

for Australia, New Zealand and<br />

South Pacific said, “This is opening<br />

another door to the digital<br />

economy for small businesses. By<br />

making it easier to accept digital<br />

payments anywhere, anytime, Tap<br />

to Phone is creating new ways<br />

for small and micro businesses<br />

to reach customers, prevent lost<br />

sales, and support cash flow.”<br />

Research shows consumer<br />

appetite for the technology too.<br />

Despite Tap to Phone being new<br />

to the Australian market, a YouGov<br />

study of over 1,000 consumers[2]<br />

shows nearly half (45 per cent)<br />

would already be likely to use the<br />

payment option if available, citing<br />

ease of use (50 per cent), time<br />

savings (44 per cent), security (43<br />

per cent) and eliminating the need<br />

to carry cash (42 per cent) as the<br />

most popular reasons.<br />

In a further sign there is appetite<br />

for Tap to Phone, two in three (66<br />

per cent) Australians reported<br />

being inconvenienced having<br />

to find an ATM to withdraw<br />

cash to pay businesses such as<br />

tradespeople or cleaners who<br />

can’t accept card payments on the<br />

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McGrory added, “Given the rapid<br />

adoption of digital payments and<br />

the major role smartphones play<br />

in our day-to-day lives, we expect<br />

Tap to Phone will become an<br />

increasingly popular way to pay<br />

among Australian consumers.”<br />

Reuven Barukh, CEO at Live<br />

Payments added: “This is an<br />

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Payments. Our integration of<br />

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will facilitate the type of seamless,<br />

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There’s a new ride-sharing app<br />

in Melbourne, because we need<br />

more Uber-adjacent services. But<br />

this one is a little different, as it<br />

lets you [the passenger] pick your<br />

driver and suggest a fare.<br />

It’s called inDriver.<br />

inDriver announced its Aussie<br />

launch earlier this year with the<br />

tagline of being a “revolutionary<br />

ride-hailing service”.<br />

“Revolutionary” because it<br />

“promotes justice in the market”.<br />

inDriver said it enables passengers<br />

and drivers to set their own prices<br />

by negotiating directly.<br />

How this works is the passenger<br />

makes a request for a ride (by<br />

selecting pick-up and drop-off<br />

locations), and then they suggest a<br />

price they want to pay for the trip.<br />

They can also add additional info,<br />

such as a request for a child’s car<br />

seat or another stop.<br />

Drivers nearby can either accept<br />

the offered fare or make a<br />

counteroffer.<br />

The passenger is then presented<br />

with offers from multiple drivers<br />

and they choose the one they<br />

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want. In addition to the pitched<br />

fare, picking your driver can be<br />

based on their rating (you can see<br />

this ahead of time), the type of car<br />

they drive (it’s gonna be a Toyota<br />

Camry, it always is) and how quick<br />

they say they can arrive.<br />

Like with other ride-share services<br />

[and taxi services], passengers can<br />

contact the driver before arrival<br />

and see the car’s approximate<br />

arrival time and real-time<br />

geolocation point on the map.<br />

However, something we can get<br />

behind is that inDriver does not<br />

increase prices based on high<br />

demand or weather. Many of us<br />

know this as ‘surge pricing’. And<br />

to get drivers to sign up, inDriver is<br />

waiving commission requirements<br />

for the first six months. inDriver<br />

isn’t saying how much their cut<br />

is but said it “assures drivers” its<br />

“commission will be the lowest on<br />

the market”.<br />

inDriver currently operates in<br />

Brisbane and Melbourne.<br />

by Asha Barbaschow | Gizmodo<br />

ONLINE<br />

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Whether new on the road or<br />

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Turnbull said RACV’s new program<br />

was an evolution of RACV’s<br />

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provides practical advice about<br />

the vehicle, the road and driver<br />

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Mr Turnbull said.<br />

“It assists participants evaluating<br />

their unique situation and make<br />

decisions about how to apply<br />

their learnings to their work<br />

environment and become a leader<br />

for others in their workplace.”<br />

RACV’s training aligns with the<br />

Victorian Government’s Road<br />

Safety Strategy 2021 - 2030, which<br />

focuses on increasing safety for<br />

those using the road to get to<br />

work or from work.<br />

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overseas news<br />

Uber’s ‘secret’ lobbying<br />

meetings with ministers<br />

after branding Boris Johnson ‘a problem’ to its<br />

London expansion<br />

should spark public inquiry<br />

by Josiah Mortimer | MyLondon<br />

Uber’s executives should be hauled<br />

before a public inquiry, the head<br />

of London’s black cabbies has<br />

told MyLondon, following fresh<br />

revelations into the scale of the<br />

firm’s efforts to fight tougher<br />

regulations. It comes after the leak<br />

of 124,000 files on the US giant,<br />

including 83,000 internal emails<br />

between 2013 and 2017 - which<br />

show a concerted campaign to<br />

urge Boris Johnson not to toughen<br />

up regulations on the private hire<br />

company while he was London<br />

mayor.<br />

On <strong>July</strong> 11, <strong>2022</strong> the Guardian<br />

revealed a “remorseless” lobbying<br />

campaign to stop Johnson bringing<br />

in tougher regulation of Uber,<br />

targeting then-chancellor George<br />

Osborne as well as ex-PM David<br />

Cameron who were close to the<br />

London mayor.<br />

The firm’s leaked strategy<br />

in 2014 stated: “The need is<br />

for a more positive image<br />

of Uber to be conveyed<br />

to Boris, by people that<br />

he trusts and respects,”<br />

with targets including Tory<br />

assembly members, No 10<br />

aides and the regulator,<br />

Transport for London (TfL) -<br />

chaired by Johnson.<br />

The firm hired high-profile lobbyists<br />

as TfL launched a review of rules<br />

regulating private hire companies<br />

like Uber.<br />

Mr Johnson was viewed as being<br />

on the side of the black cabs, but<br />

after a campaign by the company’s<br />

“friends in government”, the<br />

paper reported, Mr Johnson<br />

was “deluged” by complaints<br />

from Conservative allies about<br />

his proposals. The Conservative<br />

mayor’s efforts to regulate Uber<br />

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largely failed. While it is not clear if this was a direct<br />

result of Uber lobbying, the firm celebrated victory<br />

in 2016 when several proposals to regulate the firm<br />

were dropped in TfL’s review.<br />

But Steve McNamara, General Secretary at the<br />

Licensed Taxi Drivers Association - which represents<br />

London black cabbies - said to MyLondon he believed<br />

the watered-down review was a result of Uber’s<br />

lobbying. He claimed: “Within minutes of launching<br />

a review [into Uber and other private hire firms]<br />

at TfL, Johnson’s deputy mayor for transport was<br />

getting phone calls from Cameron’s secretary,<br />

basically saying ‘what the hell is going on?’”<br />

“Thousands of rides were taking place in London<br />

in vehicles that weren’t insured. Why has there<br />

never been an inquiry into what went on? This is<br />

the biggest scandal of the 21st century. Forget<br />

partygate. This company was walking in and out of<br />

No 10. That work paid off with Johnson,” the taxi<br />

drivers’ leader said.<br />

The leaked Uber files reveal that Uber<br />

representatives met with at least six Conservative<br />

ministers, including then-chancellor George<br />

Osborne, which were not declared by the ministers,<br />

between 2014 and 2016. Uber denies allegations the<br />

meetings were secret. The firm has also claimed that<br />

some of the lobbying tactics revealed in the leaked<br />

messages no longer reflect the company.<br />

However, Mr McNamara said: “They’ve got a<br />

massive lobbying campaign - they’re still doing it. Go<br />

to any party conference, and events are sponsored<br />

by them. But ‘this time they’re [lobbying] better or<br />

nicer’ they say…”<br />

“Leopards don’t change their spots - these<br />

lot are very rich leopards who came in and<br />

out of No 10 at will.”<br />

Last year Uber lost a major Supreme Court case that<br />

meant their drivers now have to be classed as formal<br />

‘workers’. It entitles them to pay and minimum<br />

hourly rates from the moment they log on - but<br />

unions and cab firms have accused Uber of ignoring<br />

the ruling.<br />

Taxi and PHV drivers<br />

should undergo<br />

Advanced<br />

Driving Test<br />

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

UK - ALL taxi and private hire drivers (PHV) drivers<br />

should have to undergo an Advanced Driving Test<br />

(ADT) before being licensed says taxi representative<br />

after new best practice guidance responses are<br />

submitted.<br />

The Government recently closed a 12-week consultation<br />

to update vital Taxi and Private Hire Vehicle (PHV)<br />

guidance supplied to local authorities to better cope<br />

with new digital ways of working following the boom in<br />

ride-hailing services.<br />

The London Cab Drivers Club (LCDC) responded,<br />

making several points around private hire vehicle (PHV)<br />

recognition, tinted windows and passenger safety. One<br />

of the recommendations included bringing back the<br />

ADT to improve the standard of driving in London and<br />

help the Mayor of London’s ‘Vision Zero’ ambitions.<br />

Vision Zero aims to eradicate deaths and serious<br />

injuries from London’s roads and make London a safer,<br />

healthier and greener place.<br />

Grant Davis, LCDC, said: “If TfL and the Mayor are really<br />

serious about their “Net Zero” project in London then<br />

TfL MUST bring in all these additional changes to their<br />

licensing process.”<br />

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, confirmed that the<br />

ADT will be looked at only once the updated guidance<br />

is published. Khan said: “The Department for Transport<br />

is carrying out a consultation on updates to its taxi and<br />

private hire best practice guidance. Once the updated<br />

guidance has been published, Transport for London<br />

(TfL) will give consideration to all the points within it,<br />

including any guidance on advanced driving tests.”<br />

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

<strong>July</strong> <strong>2022</strong><br />


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