Cab drivers ?swept off feet

By REN LANZONrlanzon@gladstoneobserver.com.au

A HECTIC Friday "of New Year's Eve'' proportions has put the local taxi company on alert during the lead up to the end of the year.

Blue and White Taxis manager Allan Rowe said the company was caught by surprise last Friday when it was swamped with calls for taxis.

"Everything went berserk on the night ? all the clubs were full,'' he said.

The Observer was told some people were forced to wait long periods, sometimes as long as an hour, for a taxi to arrive.

Mr Rowe said community buses and club-operated courtesy buses were also kept busy on the night.

He said Friday's rush "was not only bad for our customers, but for our cab drivers as well who were swept off their feet''.

"It was unexpected because we had crowds of New Year's Eve pro-portions which kept our cabbies busy throughout the night,'' he said.

Mr Rowe said normally Saturday was the busy night, but after the busy Friday, Saturday was comparatively quiet.

He said it was possible that Friday's crowds may be a sign of things to come and that there would be more busy weekends in the lead-up to Christmas and the New Year.

"Maybe we are heading that way, but we are preparing for it,'' he said.

Mr Rowe went to Rockhampton on Monday to speak to the Transport Department's regional director about a strategy to solve the problem.

"We were given permission to put on more buses when we need them ? we will get that under way this coming week,'' he said.



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