Taxi Rank Safety A Priority

Taxi Rank Safety A Priority

Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder

Taxi Rank Funding Set To Improve Safety

Victor P Taffa

Applications are now open for the next round of the $4 Million Taxi Rank Safety Program (TRSP), which provides infrastructure grants to councils throughout Victoria to improve local taxi ranks.

Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder today announced the 2011-12 round of the TRSP was open and said the funding allocation of $1 Million for this financial year was about boosting safety and amenity for taxi passengers and drivers.

“This funding will give all councils the opportunity to upgrade infrastructure at ranks in their shires or municipalities.” Mr. Mulder said.

“Under the program councils can apply for grants to improve safety through such works as the installation of CCTV systems, upgraded lighting or the provision of shelters and seating so passengers have more comfortable and secure areas from which to access taxis.”

“The Coalition Government is committed to working with local governments to improve taxi facilities across Victoria.”

Mr. Mulder said the Government’s support of the Taxi Rank Safety Program complemented its focus on safety and service within the taxi industry.

“In addition to opening the next round of the Taxi Rank Safety Program the Coalition Government has implemented ongoing criminal checking of drivers to further improve safety for passengers.” Mr. Mulder said.

“The government is also strengthening driver training standards through new guidelines for training providers and a new quality assurance process to test the knowledge and skills of new drivers.”

“TRSP funding will boost safety and facilities at taxi ranks for passengers, taxi drivers and the local community.”

“The Coalition Government is committed to making Victoria a safer place. These initiatives deliver this commitment.”

The TRSP is administered by the Victorian Taxi Directorate.

Community groups, businesses and taxi companies with an interest in the program should contact their local council.

All councils are encouraged to apply. Applications for funding close on Friday 11 November 2011.