Taxis need parks

Kapi-Mana News - - OPINION -

Editor,

There was an ar­ti­cle re­cently about the per­son who parked his ve­hi­cle on the taxi stand at Count­down Porirua, re­sult­ing in a ver­bal ex­change be­tween two Porirua taxi op­er­a­tors and the per­son con­cerned.

I see it has been brought up again by Jen­nifer Sut­cliffe of Tawa. This is not an iso­lated in­ci­dent as taxi op­er­a­tors have to daily con­tend with mo­torists who stop on or park on a taxi stand and are abu­sive when sig­nalled to move off, and in some cases, have parked their ve­hi­cle, locked it, and gone about their busi­ness in the city without a thought of the in­con­ve­nience it causes to the taxis when they drive on to or at­tempt to oc­cupy the stand, whereby they can con­duct their busi­ness of trans­port­ing cus­tomers.

The use of the taxi stands in this man­ner has oc­curred on the Count­down stand as stated prior, but has also hap­pened at the stand in front of the Porirua New World. It is also be­com­ing preva­lent on the taxi stand on the east­ern side of the rail­way sta­tion where, de­spite there be­ing an abun­dance of vacant pub­lic park­ing spa­ces, taxis are un­able to gain ac­cess to the stand be­cause peo­ple have parked there and will not shift, even though they are aware of the taxis’ pres­ence. In this vein I have formed the fol­low­ing opin­ion in that these mo­torists can­not un­der­stand the words ‘‘Taxi Stand’’ (or they can­not read).

To you all I say, be­ing a taxi op­er­a­tor is a dif­fi­cult enough busi­ness without hav­ing to con­tend with ig­no­rant yokels who per­sist in park­ing on the stands wherein we con­duct our busi­ness.

We need ac­cess to the stands as a large num­ber of our cus­tomers are the el­derly, those with dis­abil­i­ties, young moth­ers and their chil­dren, most of whom have no ve­hi­cle of their own or are un­able to drive for one rea­son or an­other.

Stay off the taxi stands – they are for taxis after all.

TIEKI KAA, Wai­tan­girua. danc­ing, mu­si­cal ar­range­ment, was out­stand­ing.

Such en­ergy from 80-odd young peo­ple is a joy to be­hold – es­pe­cially when teens re­port­edly are dif­fi­cult.

Who­ever chore­ographed and dreamt up Mac Arthur Park, filmed at North City plaza, has huge vi­sion and imag­i­na­tion. That for me was a highlight. Stun­ning. Well done to Tawa Col­lege.

RON BRENARD, Tawa.

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