VLine Regional Public Transport COVID-19

V/Line passengers need more checks

20 August 2020

V/Line passengers are travelling from Melbourne to regional Victoria with only limited checks.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan is calling on the Andrews Government to implement consistent daily checks on V/Line services bound for the regions.

“The Premier must dedicate additional resources to conduct checks on all V/Line services into regional areas,” said Ms Ryan.

“More stringent checking of passengers on V/Line services coming from Melbourne is required.

“It appears only very limited effort is being applied to querying metropolitan passengers coming to country areas.

“From what we are advised, the checking of V/Line passengers is described as sporadic at best, with very few taking place.”

Stay at Home Directions are in place to restrict the movement of people and the spread of coronavirus. 

“Residents continue to be rightfully concerned about infection rates and public transport remains a concern for regular commuters and people who require the service to access medical appointments,” said Ms Ryan.

“For many residents who need to undertake essential travel, V/Line is their only transport option, their health and safety should be a priority and not neglected. 

“Daniel Andrews must strengthen metropolitan border controls to prevent the spread of coronavirus, more people out of work and more businesses closing.

“The hotel quarantine debacle has been a monumental failure of the Andrews Government and it is having a devastating impact on our state’s economy.

“We can’t afford any more of Labor’s failures in containing COVID-19,” said Ms Ryan.

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