BAF­FLING BAN ON CARS

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Opinion -

OP­TUS Sta­dium is fi­nally open but I still can’t get there in an Uber. I won’t be catch­ing a taxi. I’ll prob­a­bly catch a train for my maiden voy­age to the Bur­swood venue. Or hope­fully the Town of Vic­to­ria Park’s pro­posal to open up Bel­mont Race­course for park­ing – and Uber – will be suc­cess­ful. If the State Gov­ern­ment thinks it’s do­ing a solid for the taxi in­dus­try by giving it the only ac­cess to the sta­dium, it’s wrong. It won’t make a reg­u­lar Uber user flag a taxi and pay dou­ble the fare. It will just make pun­ters think more cre­atively about how to get to the sta­dium and where they can get an Uber driver to do a sneaky drop off nearby. The ban on pri­vate cars also has me baf­fled. Are they try­ing to tell the hand­ful of Perth’s elite who travel via pri­vate car that they are not wel­come at the sta­dium un­less they catch a packed train or a taxi? Giving ex­clu­sive ac­cess to taxis has led to plenty of de­bate which won’t boost the pop­u­lar­ity of taxis; in fact, it may do the op­po­site. By all means en­cour­age peo­ple to take public trans­port as a first op­tion, but don’t pick and choose what branded cars can and can’t drive in to Perth’s most ex­cit­ing devel­op­ment. Denise S. Cahill Ed­i­tor

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