This is going to upset the Apple Cart. But, I have to warn anyone who decides to accept payment for service -an any Event - you are breaking the law. No problem with volunteering, but the Law says no money must change hands. Motorcycle riders acting as marshals at an Ironman Competition being held on 16th November face heavy fines if they accept the payment being offered by Event Organisers who are desperate to fill 20 Marshall positions for the event. Riders are being offered payment of $110, Fuel Vouchers and lunch. The Victorian Taxi Commissioner has stated that he frowns on similar activity, when addressing the legal framework surrounding organisations like Uber and drivers who provide their services in return for Fee for Service. There nonetheless remain some serious issues surrounding such services. In Victoria, the driver of a commercial passenger vehicle must be accredited with the Taxi Services Commission, “primarily so we can check drivers against police records” according to Samuel. “Our focus is on safety and security”, he says, adding that if an Uber vehicle is not properly registered, it is “almost certainly not insured”. There is also the problem that the licence fee for a commercial passenger hire vehicle is fixed at $40,000 on the statute books. Samuel says he is open to discussing how this issue can be dealt with, highlighting the importance of cooperation between the regulator and companies. “There is an important need to protect the safety of passengers and drivers, and whilst Uber and other newcomers have massive commercial incentives to address safety themselves, strong safety regulation is still a requirement. Motorcycles and the provision of the type of service being sought by the Ironman Event organisers (the roles vary from pillioning photographers and cameramen to leading the first rider in, to carrying officials for scrutineering for drafting) are the domain of the Taxi Services Commissioner. The regulations covering Commercial Motorcycles include an Annual Licence Fee, Criminal History checks, Rider Pillion Experience (a rider must have a continuous 5 years riding history) and Public Liability cover. Riders who accept payment for service - at any Event are breaking the law. No problem with volunteering, but the Law says no money must change hands. I will be speaking to the Taxi Services Commissioner on Monday and requesting them to follow up on information about the wide spread abuse that I was made aware of this morning when I spoke to the organiser of the Ironman Event in question. If you are thinking about getting involved with any of these events or know someone who is - then think twice. the penalties are up to $10,000 I believe.