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What is the Regulator doing about illegal operators?

Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (12:17): My question is to Minister Pulford, representing the minister for transport. Back in 2020 laws were changed that made online advertising of commercial passenger vehicles which are not registered with Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) illegal.

However, there has been little to no enforcement of this legislation, as reports of individuals advertising their services on Airtasker and Gumtree are still being ignored by the regulator. This complete lack of enforcement of those clearly doing the wrong thing contrasts starkly to those in the industry who are registered, paying insurance and following the guidelines and who are still being harassed with fines from the regulator. Therefore my question to the minister is: what is the regulator doing with the enormous amount of people operating vehicles which are not registered with Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria and are advertising their services illegally online?

Ms PULFORD (Western Victoria—Minister for Employment, Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, Minister for Small Business) (12:18): I thank Mr Barton for his question. I will seek a response from Minister Carroll for him.

Mr BARTON (Eastern Metropolitan) (12:18): Thank you, Minister. Due to the lack of enforcement, I am aware of individuals using club plates to provide illegal services. Club plates are given to vintage and classic vehicles. These plates are cheap and allow the owner to avoid stamp duty. Club plates cannot be registered as a commercial passenger vehicle. Victims of this electronic touting and those who have been taken in by this illegal online advertising are unaware that these vehicles they are getting into are not registered and may not be appropriately insured. It is not a stretch to imagine that those who are willing to offer these services without registration with the CPVV will be willing to not meet their statutory obligation with levy collection et cetera. Therefore my question is: what is the regulator doing to stop the explosion of people attempting to use club plates to illegally offer commercial passenger vehicle services?

Ms PULFORD (Western Victoria—Minister for Employment, Minister for Innovation, Medical Research and the Digital Economy, Minister for Small Business) (12:19): I thank Mr Barton for his question, and it is a concerning matter that he raises. Those regulatory arrangements exist to ensure the safety of the travelling public, and indeed club plates are very much designed for occasional use rather than frequent use of vehicles, as Mr Barton knows well. I will seek a written response from Minister Carroll for you on that matter.

 

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