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Taxpayers charged nearly $345,000 for replacement taxis

Community deserves a reliable, modern and fast public transportation.

By news@gippsland - 24th March 2021 - Back to News

Constant breakdowns on Victorias neglected VLine network are seeing hundreds of thousands of dollars in replacement taxis charged to Victorian taxpayers each year. New documents, obtained by the Liberal Nationals through Freedom of Information (FOI), show that between 1 July 2018 and 28 November 2019 a total of $343,589 in taxi trips was charged to the public purse.

Trains as public transport needs support from the government

Trains as public transport needs support from the government

Reliable public transport is important

Shadow Minister for Regional Public Transport Steph Ryan said Victorian taxpayers were wearing the cost of years of neglect by the Andrews Labor Government. "VLine is spending hundreds of thousands of dollars each year to compensate for unreliable, inaccessible train services."

"At a time where we are looking to get cars off the roads and more Victorians onto public transport, this data shows our shoddy, neglected network is actually making the problem worse. Country communities are a wonderful place to live and work, but a regional public transport network in chaos and unreliable, slow, uncomfortable train services arent hallmarks of liveable communities."

"Public transport exists to get people where they need to go, but under Daniel Andrews passengers have no confidence theyll get where they need to go on time or at all. Passengers deserve a modern, reliable, fast network but the Andrews Labor Government isnt willing to invest the money to make that happen." Ms Ryan said.

States public transport unsupported

The FOI was submitted in November 2019, but the Andrews Labor Government fought tooth and nail to keep the data secret until it was finally released on March 17 nearly a year and a half later.

The Victorian Government has refused to invest in the States public transport network, instead relying on the Commonwealth to fund desperately-needed upgrades. The Gippsland line hasnt met its punctuality target of 92 per cent of services running on time once in the past six years, while the Albury line has failed to run on time since June 2017.

Ms Ryan said, "They are so cheap theyre trying to claim the Federal Liberal Nationals Governments investment as their own, Labor has been in Government 18 of the last 22 years yet theyve refused to make the investment needed to build a better public transport network while leaves passengers with no confidence they can get where they need to be."

Pictures from Vline Facebook page.


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