No security at taxi rank in Airlie Beach
THERE will be no security marshalls at the taxi rank in Airlie Beach anymore – except for 20 days of special events or public holidays per year.
The decision to cut the subsidised security to taxi ranks is expected to impact on both customer and driver safety and the general manager of Mackay Whitsunday Taxis Gary Button said he would continue to lobby the state government.
“Mackay Whitsunday Taxis has been, along with other key stakeholders, subsidising security beyond that which is assigned by the Department of Transport and Main Roads. The amount we fund alone comes to in excess of $75,000 per year for the Mackay Whitsunday Taxi service area and like most other businesses in the region, we are feeling the pinch and simply cannot afford to support it anymore,” Mr Button said.
“The taxi industry stakeholders already pay a levee for se- cure ranks and this will continue however, we just cannot ask our operators to dig into their pockets anymore.
“Sure drivers earn an income from providing a transport service, but there are plenty of other businesses that profit from nightlife,” Mr Button said.