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Revolting taxi drivers

By johnboy 5 October 2010 25

For users of the taxi service it’s painfully obvious that at peak times there are nowhere near enough taxis on the road in Canberra.

But the ABC reports that our taxi drivers are protesting outside the Legislative Assembly today over plans to introduce more drivers:

Canberra Taxi Alliance president Mark Suckling says members of his group will gather outside the Legislative Assembly.

“We’re not actually employed by anybody, we’re self-employed business people and any additional plates that are released is obviously going to affect our income and our viability to operate a business,” he said.

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Fluges 6:10 pm 11 Nov 10

I drove Aerial Taxis at one point in my life: in January, in Canberra you can easily make less than $1.00 per hour. Some of you should give it a go …

Dodgy Piglet 4:13 pm 11 Nov 10

Guess so, all part of the same mob of idiots. Planning Authority is responsible for roads…. I think. Sorry new to Canberra

djk 3:12 pm 11 Nov 10

Dodgy Piglet said :

Solution… give the ACT Planning Authority a firm slap on the back of the head!

Aren’t TAMS responsible for roads??

Dodgy Piglet 1:45 pm 11 Nov 10

More Taxi plates?? Hell no. The problem is not to do with the Cabbies…..
The hassle is infrastructure, or lack of it. What used to take about 30 mins round trip for a cab from the Airport to City can now take double that.

The reason is the roadworks and single lane “goat tracks” which Canberra is now plagued with. Cabbies, Hire Cars, Busses and the like are frustrated by the three most popular words on Canberra’s roads “Form One Lane”. The ACT Government being the Arts Degree Weilding Poindexters that they are are going to increase congestion on our roads by giving out more plates. The Cabbages cannot drive to begin with, so increasing their numbers is like leaving chocolate around cockroaches…….

The nature of Canberra is that people all arrive on the same flights in the morning and go home on the same flights in the afternoon. When combined with the brilliant design of the Canberra Trans-Galactic Spaceport…. You have gridlock as the Airport traffic merges with the traffic going to the SnowTown Business Adventure park. (More single lane goatracks here too!)

Solution… give the ACT Planning Authority a firm slap on the back of the head!

OpenYourMind 4:32 am 06 Oct 10

mr_wowtrousers, you do realise that the taxi rate is Government regulated as well. It’s not some free enterprise barter scheme. Taxis in Canberra are a marginal business for most people involved. It’s terrible for the drivers and the only owners who make real money are the ones who manage a fleet really well. In a de-regulated market that situation wouldn’t change.

Does relative de-regulation of the child-care industry make the service more available or cheaper?

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