Commuters abandon train line; don'’t abandon commuters Premier– - Hartland

Greens MP for the Western Suburbs Colleen Hartland will call on the Napthine Government to duplicate the Altona Loop single track in light of patronage figures illustrating commuters have abandoned their trains.

“The train services on the Altona Loop certainly were poor to begin with, but the timetable changes introduced in 2011 slashed the train services” said Colleen Hartland, Greens MP For the Western Suburbs.

“The service went from the standard bad to the worst on the whole Melbourne train network. The Altona Loop commuters became the most dissatisfied* on the whole network, as shown in every Customer Satisfaction survey since.”

Hartland calls for better conditions for drivers in taxi legislation

26/06/2013

Colleen Hartland - speech in parliament The Transport Legislation Amendment (Foundation Taxi and Hire Car Reforms) Bill 2013 is the result of a two-year long process, including an independent inquiry into the industry led by Professor Fels. The inquiry concluded with a vision to create a customer-first industry with improved safety, service and choice. Before I discuss the main part of the bill I advise that I, too, have been contacted by some 200 taxi owners and drivers. Because of living in the western suburbs, over several years I have met with many drivers and plate holders. I have not yet received an email that was supportive of this legislation, but I have heard from people who are deeply concerned about what effect it will have on their future.

My main concern with respect to this bill and to the wider issue is that we should move to an industry with better insured and better paid drivers who can rely on improved driver agreements and fairer licence arrangements. I firmly believe that better conditions for drivers will mean better services for customers.

Myki V//Line roll-out starts today, might dehumanise system

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says the myki roll-out on V/Line trains which starts today could lead to "a dehumanised system".

"The real losers under myki are seniors, students and health care card holders in small towns where the stations are not staffed.  Every option available to them under myki is more complicated and costly than buying a ticket from the conductor on the train," said Greg Barber MLC

"Myki machines only sell full fare tickets and most towns with unstaffed stations don't have shops that sell myki cards. Seniors and concession travellers will have to travel for miles to buy a myki card or buy one by mail-order" 

Hartland slams government for ignoring disabled passengers in taxi reform

Victorian Greens disability spokesperson Colleen Hartland has slammed the Victorian government for ignoring the needs of disabled passengers in their proposed taxi reform legislation.

“The Taxi Inquiry found that taxi services for people with a disability are particularly poor* and made a series of recommendations on how to fix it” said Colleen Hartland.

“The Liberal government has ignored the Inquiry’s findings and has failed people with a disability.”

Myki V/Line roll-out starts today, "dehumanised" system

Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber says the myki roll-out on V/Line trains which starts today could lead to "a dehumanised system".

"The real losers under myki are seniors, students and health care card holders in small towns where the stations are not staffed.  Every option available to them under myki is more complicated and costly than buying a ticket from the conductor on the train," said Greg Barber MLC

"Myki machines only sell full fare tickets and most towns with unstaffed stations don't have shops that sell myki cards. Seniors and concession travellers will have to travel for miles to buy a myki card or buy one by mail-order"  

Hartland calls on Minister to trial mammoth trucks first

13/06/2013

Colleen Hartland - Speech in Parliament

My adjournment matter is for the Minister for Public Transport and Minister for Roads. I was very disappointed to find out that the government’s Moving More with Less policy, released in April, which allows bigger, longer trucks on our road network, was released without a proper trial to find out the impacts. This week it was revealed by the Age that no Melbourne trucking companies fully participated in the two-year VicRoads trial. Without a proper trial, it is difficult to know what the impact of these freight trucks of up to 36.5 metres long will be.

The 2012 report to VicRoads by transport consultant Rob Di Cristoforo regarding the trial noted that the impacts on roads and bridges is unknown, and allowing heavier trucks on those roads would test the load capacity of roads and bridges.

The East-West tollway documents the faceless men don't want you to see

12/06/2013

Mr BARBER (Northern Metropolitan) -- I move:
   That this house --
     (1) notes that the documents relating to the east-west link, ordered by the resolution of the Council on 17 April 2013 to be tabled in the Council by 7 May 2013, have not been received by the Council;
     (2) notes the letter of 7 May 2013 from the Minister for Public Transport in response to the Council's resolution;
     (3) affirms the privileges, immunities and powers conferred on the Council pursuant to section 19 of the Constitution Act 1975;
     (4) affirms the need to protect the high standing of Parliament and to ensure that the Council may properly discharge its duties and responsibilities; and
     (5) requires the Leader of the Government to table by Tuesday, 25 June 2013, a copy of --
       (a) all documents relating to the 'Route alignments peer reviewed and short listed' and 'Communications and engagement strategy finalised' referred to on page 3 of 'East-west link reform and investment framework stages 1 to 6, August 2012' which formed part of the east-west link submission to Infrastructure Australia;
       (b) the agenda, minutes, any attachments to the minutes and any presentations or materials tabled in relation to each meeting of the Department of Transport's east-west steering committee to date;
       (c) all documents (including invitees list, agenda, minutes where they exist and the Microsoft PowerPoint presentation used) relating to a briefing, held on 17 July 2012, at the Treasury building, on the development of a business case for the east-west link; and
       (d) all minutes and other documentation of meetings held with over 40 entities by the Minister for Roads and/or Department of Transport representatives relating to the proposed east-west tunnel infrastructure project, which are referenced in the media release 'East-west link is declared under major transport projects act'.

I have brought this motion seeking various documents in relation to the proposed east-west tollway. Previously the Council unanimously supported a similar motion, as far back as mid-April, but the documents have not been provided.

V/Line: fail, flatline, decline, myki

None of V/Line's commuter services met punctuality targets and the Geelong service is in serious decline, according to the latest performance figures. Meanwhile, myki is being rolled out to regional areas.

"This is the eighth consecutive month where none of the short-distance services relied upon by commuters met the punctuality targets in V/Line's contract, but we haven't heard a peep out of Denis Napthine" said Victorian Greens leader Greg Barber MLC

Mammoth trucks set to rumble down local streets

Western Metropolitan Region Greens MP Colleen Hartland has warned Western Suburbs residents could soon have 36.5 meter long b-double and b-triple freight vehicles rumbling past their front doors.

In questions put to the Minister by Colleen Hartland last week it was revealed that Pipe Road, Prohasky Street, Williamstown Road, Todd Road, Grieve Parade, Francis Street and Whitehall Street are all subject to ‘last mile access’ applications for mammoth 36.5 meter trucks.

"The Napthine Government is set to allow these massive 36.5 meter long freight trucks on local roads in the inner West as, without a Westgate ramp truck bypass from the port to the freeway, there is few other options." Said Colleen Hartland.

New national laws - will they lead to bigger, longer trucks on our streets?

03/06/2013

Colleen Hartland: Speech in Parliament: Before I begin my contribution I indicate that I have one question that I would like to ask in committee. If I put it on the table now, there is a possibility that it may be able to be answered during the minister’s response, which would mean we would not need to go into committee. The question is fairly straightforward: which roads are being considered for the last mile access for those longer, high-productivity freight vehicles, and when will this decision be made?