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by Peter1805
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Ventura Seeks Loan Refinancing
Replies: 1
Views: 5033

Re: Ventura Seeks Loan Refinancing

In other, unrelated, news Peter1805 has left Ventura's employment recently...
by Peter1805
Mon Feb 12, 2018 12:23 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Ventura Seeks Loan Refinancing
Replies: 1
Views: 5033

Ventura Seeks Loan Refinancing

Ventura Bus Lines is in the market to refinance the loans it took out to purchase Grendas. Article in Australian Financial Review, 30 January 2018: http://www.afr.com/street-talk/banks-take-tickets-for-ventura-bus-lines-refi-20180128-h0poll From the article: The wheels on the bus go round and round,...
by Peter1805
Sat Jan 09, 2016 1:28 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: PTV: 2016 Night Network
Replies: 119
Views: 46885

Re: PTV: 2016 Night Network

I see people who live near crossings are complaining about train whistles going all night now.

Predictable.

One does feel a bit sorry for the poor buggers.
by Peter1805
Tue Jan 05, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Photos - Melbourne/Vic
Topic: Ventura (Scania?) in 2012 (from Jeff)
Replies: 2
Views: 2886

Re: Ventura (Scania?) in 2012 (from Jeff)

Looks like 868 to me... might even have been yours truly driving it..
by Peter1805
Mon Dec 14, 2015 11:31 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Airconditioning in Melbourne buses
Replies: 27
Views: 6746

Re: Airconditioning in Melbourne buses

A lot of the Designline MAN fleet used on the orbital routes (mainly 903) cannot cope with hot days - either the aircon fails, or the engine overheats, or both. So drivers are often in the situation of having to turn off the A/C to avoid having to stop due to an engine over-heat. In the old days, th...
by Peter1805
Mon Dec 14, 2015 10:48 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Eating on route buses in Melbourne
Replies: 14
Views: 3579

Re: Eating on route buses in Melbourne

The Managing Director of Ventura has recently, in the company newsletter of December 2015, directed drivers to allow passengers to eat and drink on the company's buses. To quote: "If a customer has a coffee or drink and snack on your bus, this is ok, as most of us snack while driving our cars." This...
by Peter1805
Thu Nov 19, 2015 12:24 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Uber and the Victorian Taxi Industry
Replies: 72
Views: 54732

Re: Victorian Taxi Industry Admits They Have Got It Wrong!!!

Regulation of the taxi industry may be "lax" in some ways as you describe it, but at least it exists - and for good reasons. Please don't tell me I have to explain those reasons to you. Please don't tell me that I have to explain to you that regulation without enforcement is little better than no r...
by Peter1805
Mon Nov 16, 2015 11:28 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Uber and the Victorian Taxi Industry
Replies: 72
Views: 54732

Re: Victorian Taxi Industry Admits They Have Got It Wrong!!!

So I assume you use Linux and Libre Office then? After all, Microsoft are on the hotlist as well as Uber: http://www.businessinsider.com.au/joe-hockey-is-going-to-target-30-companies-for-tax-avoidance-2015-8 . And I'm assuming you don't use Google for search or maps, nor Apple either? In which case...
by Peter1805
Mon Nov 16, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Uber and the Victorian Taxi Industry
Replies: 72
Views: 54732

Re: Victorian Taxi Industry Admits They Have Got It Wrong!!!

Uber are evading tax and have been doing so during their entire time of operation in Australia. The Australian Taxation Office is currently taking legal action against Uber, and Uber has also been called before a Senate Inquiry into international corporations who derive income from Australia but do ...
by Peter1805
Sat Nov 14, 2015 10:48 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Uber and the Victorian Taxi Industry
Replies: 72
Views: 54732

Re: Victorian Taxi Industry Admits They Have Got It Wrong!!!

E.L.Wood wrote:Interesting to note the Taxi Directorate out in force over the Melbourne Cup Carnival and apparently booking each Uber driver who went into the main area for dropping off
Well, the law is the law, and every Uber driver is breaking it.
by Peter1805
Sat Oct 31, 2015 8:29 pm
Forum: Discussion - Brisbane / QLD
Topic: Surfside bus drivers to be warn about urinating.
Replies: 5
Views: 3483

Re: Surfside bus drivers to be warn about urinating.

Does the company provide for access to suitable alternative facilities for drivers during working hours? From the article: Bus drivers slammed the notice, blaming the bus company for not organising access to council toilets which are often locked at night. “It is saying that we are like disgusting ...
by Peter1805
Sat Oct 31, 2015 8:20 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne news August - December 2015
Replies: 171
Views: 31870

Re: Transdev Melbourne news August - December 2015

Does anybody know what kind of bus replacement program might be in place for the Orbital routes in particular? It would seem at this stage, Transdev has really only ordered a very small quantity of Gemilangs presumably for other routes based out of Fitzroy or Doncaster, but as for the orbitals, one...
by Peter1805
Thu Oct 29, 2015 9:14 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev Melbourne news August - December 2015
Replies: 171
Views: 31870

Re: Transdev Melbourne news August - December 2015

^^^I don't know if anyone from the PTV's tender compliance division reads here, but if they do, perhaps they should read this... One wonders how this would be considered reasonable compliance by the Operator.
by Peter1805
Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:29 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Ghost Buses - 9 News Melbourne report
Replies: 17
Views: 3247

Re: Ghost Buses - 9 News Melbourne report

What precisely is your point?
I would have thought that was obvious.
by Peter1805
Tue Oct 20, 2015 12:30 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Ghost Buses - 9 News Melbourne report
Replies: 17
Views: 3247

Re: Ghost Buses - 9 News Melbourne report

2. Not all Uber drivers get it. Dhakeshka works as an accountant at H&R Block during the day, and at night gets out an makes extra money by driving Uber X. However, he is very much one who just sees the dollar signs but can never seem to get the bit about putting in some effort and providing custom...
by Peter1805
Sun Oct 11, 2015 11:11 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Is The Melbourne Taxi Industry Shooting Itself In The Foot??
Replies: 24
Views: 2975

Re: Is The Melbourne Taxi Industry Shooting Itself In The Fo

In addition to this, I have recently been given the green light to engage in work with a significant organization involved in the youth community services sector which largely came about due to my long history of being involved in the Melbourne community in various areas. That's great, I wish you a...
by Peter1805
Thu Oct 08, 2015 8:18 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Is The Melbourne Taxi Industry Shooting Itself In The Foot??
Replies: 24
Views: 2975

Re: Is The Melbourne Taxi Industry Shooting Itself In The Fo

burrumbus wrote:G'day Peter.Cabcharge do indeed own cab companies.See their website under the About Us section.The list there does not incluse cab companies in Perth,Devonport,Newcastle and other places.A very diversified vertically integrated company.
Okay, thanks, I wasn't aware of that.
by Peter1805
Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:49 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Is The Melbourne Taxi Industry Shooting Itself In The Foot??
Replies: 24
Views: 2975

Re: Is The Melbourne Taxi Industry Shooting Itself In The Fo

I agree Krustyklo.The smaller operators in the industry will winge the loudest,but as you say no one will listen because the service levels have been so bad for so long.There are several very large players like Cabcharge and the recently passed Reg Kermode family who owns hundreds of licences.I thi...
by Peter1805
Thu Oct 08, 2015 11:39 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Ventura Group news August - December 2015
Replies: 47
Views: 11663

Re: Ventura Group news August - December 2015

Paul_Nicholson wrote:Several Ventura buses I rode in on Monday had internal signs giving the bus number. Is this a recent development?

Paul in Melbourne
Seems to be; I noticed it for the first time yesterday.
by Peter1805
Tue Oct 06, 2015 11:22 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Is The Melbourne Taxi Industry Shooting Itself In The Foot??
Replies: 24
Views: 2975

Re: Is The Melbourne Taxi Industry Shooting Itself In The Fo

Sorry, let me rephrase that. I, along with my consultancy firm have been engaged to attempt to see through a change in legislation which will allow Uber to exist freely in a modern day Victorian public transport network. I am not directly involved in marketing for Uber or in attempting to increase ...
by Peter1805
Fri Oct 02, 2015 11:43 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Transdev looking to take over melbournes train system
Replies: 7
Views: 1543

Re: Transdev looking to take over melbournes train system

X'Trapolis-1M wrote:I can tell you that I found this out from insiders in transdev.
What, you mean bus drivers?? :lol:
by Peter1805
Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:19 am
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: Ghost Buses - 9 News Melbourne report
Replies: 17
Views: 3247

Re: Ghost Buses - 9 News Melbourne report

In a sad reflection of modern society krustyklo, the Nightrider bus service gives people the option of being able to get home in a timely fashion, being driven home by a person who actually knows where he is going, and who isnt going to offer them the option of paying for their fare by providing se...
by Peter1805
Sat Sep 26, 2015 2:28 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: CDC Victoria Group news August - December 2015
Replies: 27
Views: 8173

Re: CDC Victoria Group news August - December 2015

Fair enough, but the information provision seems confused. In relation to this issue, I've seen mentions of Routes 495, 496, 497, 498, Seabrook Primary School, Allington Place, Sanctuary Lakes and services from Williams Landing Station. They might as well cancel all the services south of the freewa...
by Peter1805
Sat Sep 26, 2015 2:22 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: RT&BU vs Metro
Replies: 44
Views: 8064

Re: RT&BU vs Metro

Dispute resolved: 14% over 4 years plus 3% sign on bonus. From memory, the Metro contract allowed for a 3.25% annual wage rise, but I stand to be corrected. http://www.theage.com.au/victoria/melbourne-train-strike-averted-as-metro-and-union-reach-agreement-20150925-gjvcsb.html This dispute was neve...
by Peter1805
Thu Sep 24, 2015 9:06 pm
Forum: Discussion - Melbourne / VIC
Topic: RT&BU vs Metro
Replies: 44
Views: 8064

Re: RT&BU vs Metro

Man, there is no safety aspect in this dispute. It is all about money, and the Union is holding the public to randsom in order to try and get a payrise that is well and beyond what would be considered reasonable in the current economic climate. Its all about money and conditions, with the union stu...

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