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PUBLIC TRANSPORT

Tuesday 24th July 2018

Jeff Kennett to head Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria

A Liberal Nationals Government will appoint Jeff Kennett to head Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria, which was known as the Taxi Services Commission until last month.

A Liberal Nationals Government recognises the importance of the taxi, hire car and ride sharing industry to Victoria’s public transport system.

Combined they offer a valuable, and the most flexible public transport system in the State.

Importantly they must offer a safe form of transport for all Victorians.

There is no one better qualified, and more passionate about this industry than Jeff Kennett, who restructured the taxi industry in the 1990’s at no cost to the Victorian public.

Mr Kennett will oversee the continuing development of this transport sector which is fundamentally small business at its best.

As head of the Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria, Mr Kennett will be asked to independently review the disastrous changes by the Andrews Labor Government, under Daniel Andrews’ leadership, which has unnecessarily resulted in the destruction of wealth for many taxi licence plate holders, and again for many an attack on their mental health.

In particular Mr Kennett will be charged with reviewing the operation of Labor’s Fairness Fund which for many has been anything but fair.

The Victorian Ombudsman has reported negatively on the operation of Labor’s ‘Fairness Fund’ conceding “many licence holders lost a great deal of money”.

As head of the Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria, Mr Kennett will be asked to conduct an inquiry into the adequacy and fairness of commercial passenger vehicle transition arrangements, including:

  1. The conduct and operation of the Fairness Fund to ensure:
  2. Payments made from the Fund were fair and reasonable based on the cost of licences purchased by licence holders;
  3. Where any application to the Fund was rejected, based on information provided by the licence holder, the decision was fair and reasonable.
  4. The collection and distribution of the $1 commercial passenger vehicle levy collected by the Government to offset all payments to the taxi industry.

Wednesday 10th January 2018

People in the South East & North of Melbourne will pay tolls for a decade for a road they won’t use. Hear my comments on 3AW here.

Monday 18th December 2017

The Liberal Nationals have today written to the Andrews Labor Government advising them a future Guy Government will not rule out amending the Metro Tunnel alignment to include an interchange with South Yarra station. The letter can be seen here.

LABOR’S UNFAIRNESS TO TAXI FAMILIES

Taxi industry

19 September 2017

Adjournment – Legislative Council, Parliament of Victoria

It reads:Mr DAVIS (Southern Metropolitan) — My matter for the adjournment debate tonight is for the attention of the Minister for Public Transport in the other place, and it concerns the government’s recent Commercial Passenger Vehicle Industry Bill 2017 and the mechanisms by which it is paying out its very modest amounts to a range of people. I make the point that the government’s package is deeply inadequate and flawed in that regard, but it is also being administered unfairly. I make the point that in the scheme the licence fee, or the fee for trips — the $1 fee that went through in the end — is also being used to fund administration, according to the government. But my point tonight is to note that there is harshness and unfairness in the way the scheme is being administered, and I have a note from a constituent here that points some of this out.

You may be interested in the way this gov is paying out on taxi licence transitional assistance … This is a colossal government botch job. Perhaps you could shed light on the way the transitional payments (100k, 50, 50, 50 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th taxi licence nothing for any more) have been paid on a per entity basis. E.g., husband and wife own two licences jointly receive 150k.

Husband and wife own one each singly receive 200k.

Seventeen licences owned in a trust with seven beneficiaries (mum, dad and five adult kids and a shared $2 million debt) get $250k …

in so-called transitional assistance. In other cases individuals have bought 13 separate licences but in a set of structures, and each one was given a payout of $100 000.

This seems to have inequity in it as well as being an inadequate scheme.

I guess what I am seeking specifically from the minister tonight is that she look at the harshness of this, that she have this system independently reviewed and that she comes back and looks at an increase in support in aggregate and makes the distribution system fairer too. They are important steps, and this could be conducted through the process of an independent review that would look at the impact on family. We know that these are property rights, as outlined by the High Court in 1998. The government has crushed those property rights, and in many cases people are getting tokens in respect of what is the real value of those licences. An independent review of the fairness and adequacy in aggregate and also the fairness of the distribution system would be an important step forward.