The Victorian Government is helping the commercial passenger vehicle industry by investing $22 million to support transport for many Victorians, make the industry safer, and ensure ongoing progress of the taxi industry.
The Department of Transport (DoT) and Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) have worked directly with the Government’s Advisory Panel to organise key initiatives that will help the industry over the next three months and maintain service delivery for all Victorians, including those most vulnerable, during this pandemic.
Certain points of the key components of the package include:
Temporarily doubling the Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) wheelchair lifting fee from $21.10 to $42.20 to improve driver/registered owner earnings from the delivery of wheelchair accessible services, and help providers maintain their wheelchair accessible fleets.
Temporarily increasing the MPTP user subsidy from 50 to 70 per cent of the fare.
Providing grants to Booking Service Providers (based on the number of vehicles operating under their platforms), to support increased cleaning and sanitation of commercial passenger vehicles across the state.
Refunding the $1 CPV service levy paid for the June 2020 quarter.
The bundle of measures will begin rolling out in early August 2020 for an initial three-month time-frame.
DoT and CPVV, together with the State Revenue Office, will be actively monitoring the implementation of these initiatives and will review the need for further support for the industry.
These are just some of the ways the government is continuing to support the participation of a safe and efficient transport system, for all Victorians. Read the Minister for Public Transport’s media release here.