Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Bad Taxis

Taxi ranks are useful. This is not a taxi rank but one of the many places within the city where taxis illegally gather. There is rarely any enforcement of the bylaws. They are only supposed to travel for one block in Swanston Street and only stop to pick up of drop a passenger. We can only hope when cars are properly banned from Swanston Street, they will move to their appropriate ranks. The problem is much worse at night time. They block trams. They sit in bus stops. They queue around corners. The police do nothing. The Taxi Directorate does nothing. City of Melbourne does nothing. Like motorcyclists with loud exhausts, taxis can disobey the law with impunity. Lord Mayor Doyle makes all the right noises, but the proof of the pudding.....




8 comments:

  1. This would be a dream come true in San Francisco.

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  2. The big changes coming in Swanston St should force them out, I suspect.

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  3. Linda, there are plenty of times when there is a shortage of cabs here.

    Should do Daniel. In the nineties I rather the liked the idea of Swantson Walk being carless though.

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  4. Canary yellow = unroadworthy.

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  5. Hello Andrew:
    This is all very reminiscent of Budapest where large numbers of, in this case unlicenced, taxis continue to operate outside of the law with absolutely no attempt, or so it would seem, by the authorities to do anything about it. Worse still, unsuspecting tourists are taken for a ride in every sense.

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  6. Jayne, I am surprised at how dirty our cabs are on the outside. They are supposed to be washed daily.

    JayLa, vested interests involved in the business?

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  7. Swanston St should be nuked, they're always 'changing' it and it never seems to work. Nuke the taxis too!

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  8. Fen, I think it will work with this 20 million dollar effort.

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