Red tape issue
People who want to drive a bus have to:
- obtain one heavy vehicle licence from VicRoads;
- obtain a Taxi Services Commission (TSC) Commercial Passenger Vehicle Accreditation; and
- undergo checks and training by bus operators to ensure fitness.
These processes contain significant duplication and delays. In addition, bus drivers report that the paper-based process to receive TSC accreditation can delay employment by two to six or more weeks, and is more lengthy if somebody has an interstate driver’s licence.
A proposal will be developed by regulators and the Department, in conjunction with the bus industry, to simplify these arrangements and remove red tape without compromising safety.