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11 Jul 2019

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Taxi chaos

Thanks for keeping up with interesting reading on a variety of subjects and issues in the Southbank Local News. 

I was reading in the current issue about “Taxi chaos” near the corner of Whiteman St and Clarendon St near Crown and thought I should write to you regarding our area’s problems. 

I’ve been contacting police, Melbourne City Council and the Taxi Directorate about the taxi problems we have at the corner of Riverside Quay and Cook St, Southbank, which leads up to the Langham Hotel. Same problems as what your previous reader was mentioning at Crown.

They often double- and sometimes triple-park and park illegally in loading zones, no standing zones in Riverside Quay and across our driveway in Cook St.

There is a clear sign “No taxis to stop in Cook St”, but sometimes there are four or five lined up in our street causing all sorts of traffic problems.

As mentioned, I’ve reported this a number of times saying if something isn’t done about it, there could be a serious accident.

Unfortunately, that happened on Friday June 7 at 2.40pm on the corner of Riverside Quay and Cook St. 

As I was about to cross the road a taxi took off very fast from blocking my driveway and hit a pedestrian only two metres away from where I was crossing on foot.

We had to call police and an ambulance, as the pedestrian couldn’t get up. 

My wife, while driving home, has nearly been hit with a car crossing onto the wrong side of Riverside Quay because taxis were holding up the traffic.

You would think the council or Taxi Directorate would step in and do something but they seem to say it’s the other one’s problem and they need to attend to it.

I wonder what will be done before we have a more serious accident and someone gets killed.

Richard Hunt


Riverside Quay Southbank

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I took these photos this morning as the sun was rising and hitting a building. Just thought you may like them.

Kind regards

Megan

 

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