Taxi operators, police, nightclubs target Christmas cab delays

By ZOE SINCLAIRzoe@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

GETTING a cab in Gladstone's CBD will be easier after plans were unveiled yesterday to establish controlled pickup points.

Taxi operators, Gladstone Police and nightclub management met to establish a joint approach to the issue of long waiting times, street crowds and taxi vandalism head on before crowds flock to Gladstone's CBD for the annual Christmas-New Year celebrations.

Blue and White Taxis chairman Allan Rowe said taxis would not be responding to calls on Flinders Parade or stopping for people hailing on the stretch of road between Bojangles and Players Nightclub to ensure the best use of taxis and prevent cab 'stealing'.

Mr Rowe said if taxis weren't tied up chasing callers who had already walked off, this could save them about two hours per cab.

Two pickup points have been established on Flinders Parade, one outside Players and one next to the Port Curtis Sailing Club, with more still to be decided. The nightclubs and their security staff would help with the taxi queues, residents' safety and ensure those waiting longest would take priority.

Taxi sharing would also be encouraged. Two 25-seater buses have also been organised for New Year's Eve and are being considered for use at other times.

Mr Rowe said the additional buses, more co-operation to share taxis and the establishment of set pickup points in the city would solve many of the issues.



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