Taxis are all privately run but operate with heavy Government regulation. IMSARR Spokesperson, Victor Taffa has been a Taxi Driver and has driven for more than four years.The public have an ongoing problem in getting a Taxi at what is called ‘change over’ time. How can we improve the situation?Do all the key parties want any change?Why can’t there be three eight hour shifts?If Drivers do not make a high income, are their overheads too high?
How does the Taxi Industry view Rail expansion?
From experience, it is next to impossible to hail a cab if you are driving your car.
Railway expansion will mean more patronage for Taxi Drivers, not less. The opening of the Eastern Suburbs Railway in 1979 did not see the end of the Taxi Industry. One of the busier Taxi Ranks is at Edgecliff Railway Station.
Railway expansion will mean more Taxi Ranks at new Railway stations.
IMSARR supports the construction of new Railway lines and does not wish to see a detrimental effect on the Taxi Industry.
Often in life, people are fearful of change no matter how small.
For the Taxi Industry, Railway expansion will see an increase in business and not the reverse. After all while IMSARR supports the construction of new Railway lines, Taxis can go to more destinations directly than any other mode of Public Transport.
The Taxi Industry should embrace Railway expansion and not oppose or fear it.