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Hargreaves declares war on Taxis.

By johnboy 3 May 2006 6

The ABC is reporting on extraordinary straight talk from Minister Hargreaves in the Assembly as he discussed plans to improve Canberra’s woefull taxi system.

He told the Legislative Assembly he is unimpressed by complaints from existing operators.

“Well bad luck, simply bad luck, the people in this town have waited too long for a decent taxi service and we will be releasing more plates as the demand goes,” he said.

“We will be fining where lack of service standard adherence and Mr Speaker if that doesn’t work then we will go and investigate another taxi service for this town.”

One hopes the Minister doesn’t need a taxi anytime soon.

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maria 9:06 pm 03 May 06

to be fair though the cabs get away with it because we have access to second rate public transport

maria 9:05 pm 03 May 06

We need more competition. Not deregulation as you don’t want some sort of dodgy mini-cab industry to emerge but there need to be more plates and a rival to the shocking Canberra Cabs.

Ralph 11:23 am 03 May 06

Instead of fining operators and imposing service ‘standards’ (either of which won’t work) – here’s a novel idea: DEREGULATE THE TAXI INDUSTRY. Twit.

VYBerlinaV8 9:21 am 03 May 06

Our company doesn’t even bother with local cabs – we use hire cars, our own cars, or drive each other as needed. Cabs in this town are crap.

bulldog 8:48 am 03 May 06

Onya Thumper – our cab service is plain embarassing when held up against most of the other capitals.

Thumper 7:59 am 03 May 06

Thank you Mr Hargreaves.

It’s about time someone stood up and actually said something about the deplorable state of taxi services in this Territory.

And it’s good to see our MLAs actually doing what they supposed to do, as opposed to building pies in the sky.

Admittedly, I’m not sure how it rates with other cities but a shake up will do the industry, and the punter, good.

Let us hope that these words are not simply words and that he acts upon it.

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