New bus ser­vice faces bump in the road

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - BUSINESS -

NEW bus shut­tle ser­vice Adrenalin has hit a bump in the road af­ter an­other op­er­a­tor re­ported the ser­vice for pro­vid­ing a ‘‘semi-taxi ser­vice’’ by drop­ping peo­ple off to their homes.

The shut­tle ser­vice only started last week­end, from 6pm un­til the last pub closes, and owner Tony Ritter said he wanted to keep the com­mu­nity safe by drop­ping them off at their homes.

‘‘The De­part­ment of Trans­port re­viewed our ser­vice and said we have been re­ported by an­other com­pany for run­ning a semi-taxi ser­vice by drop­ping peo­ple to their door and I had to cease this ser­vice,’’ he said.

‘‘The whole con­cept of this com­mu­nity ser­vice is get­ting peo­ple off the streets, stop peo­ple from loi­ter­ing and dam­ag­ing prop­erty - it costs me more money and time to drop peo­ple off.’’

Mr Ritter said he was really thrilled to know peo­ple were feel­ing safer be­cause of his ser­vice.

‘‘On Satur­day night I picked up an ex­tremely in­tox­i­cated girl walking and I let her on even though she didn’t have any money, I was more than happy to drive her home be­cause she was in trou­ble,’’ he said.

‘‘As a com­pany we see this as a mi­nor speed hump and want to con­tinue to sup­port this lovely com­mu­nity we live in.’’

To over­turn the ban on front-door ser­vice, Mr Ritter needs the com­mu­nity to back him, along with the sup­port of the Cairns Re­gional Coun­cil.

‘‘I can ap­ply to have the ser­vice ap­proved by the De­part­ment of Trans­port in Bris­bane who will re­view the whole process but I need the sup­port of coun­cil and pub­lic through a pe­ti­tion,’’ he said.

‘‘We will fight it and won’t give up un­til we get this ser­vice run­ning again.’’


NOT BACK­ING DOWN: Adrenalin shut­tle bus owner Tony Ritter

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