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Is it time to let taxis do the Macca's run in Gladstone?

ANYONE who craves a Big Mac on a taxi ride home from a night out in Gladstone's CBD has probably been told they can't have one.

Taxi drivers for Gladstone's Blue and White Taxis aren't allowed to use the McDonalds drive-thru in the early hours of Saturday or Sunday morning.

The dilemma party-goers face is that McDonalds closes its doors late on Friday and Saturday night and customers need a car to use the drive-thru.

The ban was the idea of the now non-existent CBD Safety Committee, along with the taxi company, police, and the LNG companies.

Senior sergeant Matt Russells said workers from the LNG construction -- now finished -- were taking away cabs from the CBD, leaving revellers stranded while taxi drivers queued at the drive-thru.

"It was depleting the taxis in the city," he said.  

"There was a backlog of people waiting to get home."

But now with the CBD a bit quieter on a Friday and Saturday night, Brain Dawson, who sat on the committee at the time, said it should be reviewed.

"It was mainly bought in because of the risk of running over people and having drunkenness around at breakfast time," he said.

"It's probably time to review it, the situation around the CBD has much improved."

But Mr Dawson said it's a decision for the taxi company. Blue and White Taxis declined to comment.

Inspector Darren Sommerville agreed behaviour in the CBD had improved.

But he said whatever the taxi company's decision, the crime rate would likely go south if people were left stranded in the city again.

"With any entertainment precinct, it's vital that there's public transport to get people out," he said.

"When people have to wait for public transport -- the longer they wait the more susceptible it is that we have problems."

Topics:  gladstone, gladstone cbd, mcdonalds, taxi




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