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Wednesday, 4 May 1932


Mr ARCHD ALE PARKHILL (WARRINGAH, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Interior) - On the 29th April, the honorable member for Melbourne Ports (Mr. Hollo way) asked the following questions, upon notice: -

1.   Whether persons whose motor cars and/or trucks arc registered in the Federal Capital Territory are effected by the New South Wales Transport Act ?

2.   Can the Minister supply the House with full information as to the application of the act to vehicles registered in the Territory, and which may run, say, to Cooma and Goulburn with passengers from Canberra?

I now desire to advise him as follows: - 1. (a) Motor cars used solely for private purposes are not affected. (b) Commercial motor cars or trucks registered in the Federal Capital Territory operating for the conveyance of passengers and/or goods for hire for any consideration or in the course of any trade or business between places in the Territory and places anywhere in New South Wales, irrespective of whether the passengers and/or goods are picked up or set down in New South Wales or in the Territory, are subject to licensing under the State Transport (Coordination) Act1931.

2.   Public or private hire cars registered in the Federal Capital Territory for the conveyance of passengers, and which are used only on journeys into New South Wales, which do not compete with the railways for a distance of more than 20 miles are required to be licensed under the State Transport (Coordination) Act 1931, but no condition of payment is imposed with respect to journeys which do not exceed 20 miles in length other than a licence fee of 5s. per annum. Public or private hire cars from the Territory which operate mainly on journeys into New South Wales for- more than 20 miles are deemed to compete with the railways, and a condition is imposed in the licence requiring payment of the sum of one penny for every adult passenger and one half-penny for each and every passenger under the -.ixa of twelve years for each mile or part thereof, that such passengers are conveyed over those portions of the journey where rail facilities are provided. If the length of the road journey between two points, such as between the border of the Territory and Goulburn, differs from that of the rail journey, any charges under the act are computed on the basis of the mileage on whichever of the two routes is the shorter. Where charges are payable they arc computed on the total distance of the journey which is in competition with the railways arid not only upon the competitive distance which exceeds 20 miles. In order to ensure compliance with these conditions a licensee under the act is required to furnish a security cither in the form of a cash deposit or a guarantee from a bank or an approved insurance company. The following public or private hire cars are exempt from licensing under the act: -

Cars used by stock, station, land, estate and insurance agents, auctioneers, doctors, clergymen, and solicitors, &c, in the course of their avocations. Vehicles owned by federal departments or used exclusively by servants of the Crown on departmental work. Vehicles owned by any body of persons and used exclusively for ambulance services, not for private profit.

The particulars set out above have been compiled from a booklet of "Information concernins requirements under the State Transport (Co-ordination) Act .1931, with regard to Public Ho tor Vehicles,", issued by the State Transport (Co-ordination) Board. Sydney.







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