Rod Barton lives in Melbourne with his wife. He has two daughters and 4 grandchildren.He has been involved in the taxi, limousine and hire car industry for more than 25 years. During this time he has owned and operated his own successful chauffeur hire car business which his family still operates to this day.
Rod has been an active advocate for those in the taxi and hire car industry for almost 10 years.
A few years ago he, with some like minded colleagues, reformed the Victorian Hire Car Association (VHCA) in response to the impact on the taxi and hire industries by the Professor Fels Industry Inquiry.
In 2017 the VHCA changed its name to Commercial Passenger Vehicle Association of Australia (CPVAA). This was done to reflect those in the taxi industry who had become members.
Rod is a great believer of public transport and says this is the key to dealing with Melbourne’s ever increasing traffic congestion.
“I strongly believe it is time for governments to be held accountable for their actions and decisions. This can be done now that we have a strong voice in the Upper House to ensure that all decisions have clear merit, foresight and accountability.”