New bus service faces bump in the road
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