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Current Restrictions in Victoria

There are changes to the settings in regional Victoria from 11:59pm Wednesday 15 September 2021.

The information below describes the settings that will apply in;

  • metropolitan Melbourne and the City of Ballarat; and
  • regional Victoria, including Greater Shepparton

These settings are applicable to the commercial passenger vehicle (CPV) industry, driving instructors and bus drivers.

CPVs can continue to provide services between metropolitan Melbourne and the City of Ballarat and regional Victoria, including Greater Shepparton.

Passengers must ensure they meet the relevant permitted reasons for travel. CPV drivers are not responsible for ensuring their passengers meet the permitted reasons for travel.

Detailed information on the restrictions can be found at www.coronavirus.vic.gov.au

COVID-19 settings for metropolitan Melbourne and the City of Ballarat

From 11:59pm Wednesday 15 September until 11.59pm on Wednesday 22 September, the City of Ballarat will have the same COVID-19 restrictions as metropolitan Melbourne, except for the curfew.

This means there are only five reasons to leave your home:

  • getting the food and the supplies you need,
  • exercising for up to two hours,
  • care or caregiving,
  • work or education if you can’t do it from home,
  • or to get vaccinated at the nearest possible location.

From 11:59 pm on Friday 17 September, there will be one additional reason to leave your home: outdoor social interaction.

Social interaction means one person may meet another person not from their household for a picnic, a walk, or another outdoor activity. Additionally, up to five adults (plus dependents) from two households will be able to gather outdoors if all adults present have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Time permitted for exercise and outdoor social interaction is a combined four hours.

CPVs remain an essential service and can continue to operate during this time. Passengers must ensure they meet the relevant permitted reasons for travel. CPV drivers are not responsible for ensuring their passengers meet the permitted reasons for travel.

CPV drivers operating in metropolitan Melbourne and the City of Ballarat must carry an Authorised Worker Permit when working and when travelling to and from work.

If you are a sole trader, you can issue a work permit and sign the permit as both the employer and employee. For more information on Authorised Worker Permits visit coronavirus.vic.gov.au  Vehicle cleaning regulations continue to apply.

Driving Instructors are not permitted to work. Information on VicRoads licence tests can be found here. Licence testing remains suspended. Driving instructors participating in VicRoads priority tests under the hardship and special circumstances policy are considered Authorised Workers.

Bus drivers can work however, please check with the Transport Safety Victoria webpage for information about restrictions that apply to bus services.

COVID-19 settings for regional Victoria including Greater Shepparton

From 11:59pm on Wednesday 15 September, Greater Shepparton will have no restrictions on leaving your home. Face masks remain mandatory indoors and outdoors, unless a lawful exemption applies. This is the same as the rest of regional Victoria (except City of Bendigo).

CPV drivers can continue to operate, however they must remain COVIDSafe.

Driving instructors can operate and provide instruction. Face masks continue to be required to be worn by the driving instructor and student, unless a lawful exemption exists and QR codes are required in the driving instructor’s vehicle. Information on VicRoads licence tests in regional Victoria can be found here. Licence tests in regional Victoria resumed on 10 September 2021 and on 16 September 2021 in Greater Shepparton.

Bus drivers can work however please check the Transport Safety Victoria webpage for information about restrictions that apply to bus services.

Please continue to stay COVIDSafe

A specific CPV QR poster with a QR code AND 6-digit location code must be displayed in all CPVs. You cannot display the QR code without the 6-digit location code as passengers use these digits to check in manually. Learn more on CPVV’s Service Victoria QR Code Requirement - Record Keeping webpage.

Get your vaccine now

Vaccines are free and available for all Victorians over the age of 16.

Book your appointment now by calling 1800 675 398 or visiting https://portal.cvms.vic.gov.au/

Information about COVID-19 vaccines has been translated into multiple languages. Find information in your language.

If you feel unwell, please get tested and isolate immediately.

A COVID-19 Test Isolation Payment of $450 is available you need to miss work due to self-isolation.

If you have been directed to quarantine for 14 days, there is a $1,500 payment available.

Financial Support

Please find updated information on CPVV’s Financial Support webpage which some CPV industry members may be eligible for.

If you have any questions, you can seek responses from the respective organisations managing the programs, their contact details can be found on CPPV’s Financial Support webpage.

FAQs

As a CPV driver do I have to accept a trip if I feel unsafe?

No. If a passenger is not wearing a mask and you feel that you are unable to provide a safe service for either the passenger/s, you are not required to accept the trip.

If you have a safety concern regarding your CPV trip you can contact Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria at safety@cpv.vic.gov.au

Take a look at CPVV’s driver FAQs for further information about how to provide a safe service.

As a CPV driver do I have to wear a face mask when travelling alone?

No. CPV drivers travelling in a vehicle by themselves do not have to wear a mask.

What can I do if I suspect or am aware that Public Health Directions are not being followed?

See CPVV’s driver FAQs for more information on this.