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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2004 Week 2 Hansard (4 March) . . Page.. 855..


Transport-hire car operators

(Question No 1268)

Mr Pratt asked the Minister for Police and Emergency Services, upon notice, on

12 February 2004:

In relation to illegal operators in the hire car industry in Canberra:

(1) What action has been taken, or strategy put in place, to catch and penalise illegal operators in the hire car industry;

(2) What role does the Motor Traffic Branch of A.C.T. Policing take in catching and penalising illegal operators in the hire car industry;

(3) How many illegal operators in the hire car industry in Canberra have been (a) given warnings or (b) penalised or charged by A.C.T. Policing in (i) 1999-2000, (ii) 2000-2001, (iii) 2001-2002, (iv) 2002-2003 and (v) 2003 to date.

Mr Wood: The answer to the member's question is as follows:

(1) There have been no incidents involving breaches of the Road Transport (General) Act 1999, as they relate to the hire car industry, reported to ACT Policing since December 1998. Where such an incident is reported to police, assessment and appropriate action would be taken in accordance with ACT Policing practice. As there have been no reported incidents to ACT Policing, this issue is not identified as a priority and there is no specific strategy in place to catch and penalise illegal operators.


The ACT Road Transport Authority regulates the hire car and restricted hire car licencing provisions under Division 9.3 and 9.4 of the Road Transport (General) Act 1999. Variation in the operation of these licences is also regulated by the ACT Road Transport Authority.

(2) ACT Policing Traffic Operations is an operational area within ACT Policing that has the capacity to attend to reported incidents in relation to illegal operators in the hire car industry. They would respond to reported incidents in accordance with ACT Policing practice.

(3) Refer to the answer to question 1.

Housing-cleaning and maintenance costs

(Question No 1269)

Mrs Burke asked the Minister for Disability, Housing and Community Services, upon notice:

(1) What is the cost of cleaning and maintenance and associated out-sourced property and maintenance services provided to A.C.T. Housing properties

(a) prior to and

(b) since the use of facilities management in 1998﷓99;


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