Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) has determined new specifications for security cameras, wheelchair accessible commercial passenger vehicles and fare calculation devices (taximeters).
The new specifications were required to maintain important minimum security and safety standards under new legislation.
The new specifications were published in the Victoria Government Gazette and took effect on 2 July 2018. The specifications can be accessed below:
Security camera specification
The security camera specification (see also Victorian Government Gazette) sets out minimum standards for operation, data security and image quality of security cameras installed in commercial passenger vehicles. The new camera specification is the same as the previous specification except that the minimum light quality requirement has been reduced, and that camera suppliers are required to provide hardware to enable CPVV authorised officers to access and download images from the camera system (such as cables or card readers).
Wheelchair accessible commercial passenger vehicle specification
The wheelchair accessible commercial passenger vehicle specification (see also Victorian Government Gazette) relates to accessibility and safety of WAVs. This new specification is the same as the previous wheelchair accessible taxi specification, except for a new requirement that the vehicle must have a working air-conditioner / heater to ensure passengers are provided with adequate cooling and heating, including people in wheelchairs.
Fare calculation device
The fare calculation device specification (see also Victorian Government Gazette) relates to fare calculation devices being installed in commercial passenger vehicles. A fare calculation device is a device, such as a taximeter, smartphone or tablet, that calculates, records or displays information about fares and charges for the provision of unbooked commercial passenger vehicle services. It sets out where and how the device is to be installed, as well as how it may be operated and tested.
Further, the specification is a minimum standard to allow for a wide range of technologies and equipment to be used.