Cab nightmare

Auckland City Harbour News - - OPINION -

I must ex­press my dis­a­point­ment in the ac­tions of Auck­land’s down­town taxi ser­vices providers.

To say they are pro­vid­ing a ser­vice may be a bit of a stretch.

Hav­ing at­tended the Michael Bu­ble con­cert at Vec­tor Arena, my se­nior par­ents and I at­tempted to ob­tain a cab ride back to our down­town ho­tel.

With many cabs ser­vic­ing the con­cert-go­ers as they left the arena, not one, but two, cab­bies re­fused us fare, once re­al­is­ing that they would only be go­ing two min­utes down Quay St to our ho­tel. Two things to con­sider about those at­tend­ing this con­cert.

One, an older de­mo­graphic and two, with Bu­ble only play­ing Auck­land, many out of town guests who would be stay­ing in down­town ho­tels. Thank­fully we were not stay­ing fur­ther down Queen St, as even the flat ter­rain of our even­tual walk, was tir­ing for my fa­ther.

A cab could have dropped us off and been back be­fore half the people had even left the arena, for an­other fare.

Upon dis­cus­sion with my par­ents, this had also hap­pened to them on a pre­vi­ous trip to a show in the city – cab­bies re­fus­ing fare for a close prox­im­ity ride.

We may be from a small town in the South Is­land, but for my­self, hav­ing lived in Van­cou­ver, Canada, for two decades and spend­ing time in large cities up and down the West Coast of the States, an ac­tion like this would never be seen.

This show of poor form, es­sen­tially by am­bas­sadors for your city, left me, as a lo­cal tourist, feel­ing ap­palled.

I can’t imag­ine how an in­ter­na­tional vis­i­tor would feel.

An ef­fi­cient and pro­fes­sional trans­porta­tion op­tion, such as taxi ser­vices, is an in­te­gral part of any city that claims to be among the top cities in the world. It should be one that en­cour­ages use by both lo­cals and tourists. ‘‘Su­per-City’’? I think not.

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