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04 Jun 2019

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Taxi chaos

Firstly, a great monthly publication. As new residents to Southbank in the past 12 months it’s highly informative.

Living high on the corner of Whiteman St and Clarendon St and diagonally opposite Crown, the increasing issues with taxi behaviours on Friday and Saturday nights has become ridiculous. 

The congestion, noise and safety issues at this intersection must be addressed collectively by Crown, police and the Taxi Directorate.

As can be seen in the attached photo (2am on a Saturday) taxis block all lanes, pedestrian crossings, tram lines and oncoming traffic.

Police patrol every 30 minutes or so and with sirens, lights and horns move them on and within five minutes it’s jammed again.

Trams will simply stop, ring the bell for minutes at a time and also block the intersection. This is then further amplified by general vehicles blowing horns. This all combines to make a nightly cacophony from 10pm to 4am. There must be a solution found to sort this out. 

Police fining taxi drivers for several road rule breaches would solve this as word would spread quickly with drivers. 

Regards, 

Garth Wisher

 

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