Taxis need parks
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.