Extended taxi safety ranks for Xmas period
The peak body representing Queensland’s taxi industry says there will be extended taxi ranks in operation along with an increase in staff during the Christmas-New Year period.
Taxi Council Queensland (TCQ) Chief Operating Officer Wayne Crookes says all existing city and Fortitude Valley ranks will remain but there will be extensions to the Wickham Street rank in the Valley as well as Eagle Street in Brisbane’s CBD.
“From past experiences, we understand the need to extend the rank lines in these two locations over the holiday season with both the Wickham and Eagle Street ranks to be serviced by extra supervisors and staff.
“It is also the first time we have to deal with the new lockout laws during this traditionally busy period but our ranks will be suitably staffed and organised to cater for the expected numbers.”
TCQ also reminds patrons that the Warner Street Rank in Fortitude Valley will continue to operate the ‘optional zone system’ in which a maxi taxi can be shared with others travelling in the same direction.
Mr Crookes said a secured taxi rank enables patrons to expect an orderly and safe wait, free from unruly and inappropriate behaviour.
“TCQ urges all night time revellers to use the safety rank precincts to ensure a safe trip from the city and surrounding areas.”