Taxi firms could help

Daily Echo: Taxi firms could help Taxi firms could help

The Echo’s coverage of the roadwork fiasco in Saturday’s paper was quite interesting.

Clearly there were problems encountered by many visitors to the city on that day, with the main target for blame being Southampton City Council.

In the article it mentions both cruise and taxi firms feeling aggrieved at the problems caused, yet how they helped, or could have helped to ease the burden on the roads is not even hinted at.

Let’s look at the cruise firms. Many people employed by the cruise firms have to travel by road to work each day and unless the road works appeared as if by magic overnight, surely the staff, managers and directors would have noticed the problems with congestion.

Did no one at the terminal think, ‘Wow! This could cause a problem for our clients. Let’s send them all an email or letter letting them know so they can plan ahead. This could also show us to be a considerate and competent operation!’?

In regards to the taxi firms; did they use their army of drivers to report traffic problems and made sure that all their booking operators were in a position to advise their clients about the traffic problems and to leave plenty of time?

If none of these firms acted then why are they crying? It’s easy to just bash the council, whichever party, but let’s remember that we all have a responsibility to use our brains and work together.

WILL ROSIE, Shirley Warren.

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4:24pm Tue 14 Jan 14

bigfella777 says...

You need to get out more, the taxi controllers can see where all their cars are on a tv screen, they are all fitted with GPS and the jobs are sent to the cars by computer, they don't need car 17 to call in anymore, that was the 1960's.
If people have pre booked taxis they have an obligation to attempt the job.
You need to get out more, the taxi controllers can see where all their cars are on a tv screen, they are all fitted with GPS and the jobs are sent to the cars by computer, they don't need car 17 to call in anymore, that was the 1960's. If people have pre booked taxis they have an obligation to attempt the job. bigfella777

8:16am Wed 15 Jan 14

loosehead says...

No the taxi drivers were adding to the problem & when asked to go through dock gate 20 for all New docks cruise ships by the cruise ships passengers they got annoyed as they wouldn't make so much out of the fare.
My friend lives in Tremona Rd he came back & the driver said "it's going to be expensive thanks to road works" my friend said okay drive to dock gate 20 up Trebourba way the driver tried to argue against that so sitting in the jams racking up fares seems more appealing to those taxi drivers than helping to ease the problem with the lower fares that entails
No the taxi drivers were adding to the problem & when asked to go through dock gate 20 for all New docks cruise ships by the cruise ships passengers they got annoyed as they wouldn't make so much out of the fare. My friend lives in Tremona Rd he came back & the driver said "it's going to be expensive thanks to road works" my friend said okay drive to dock gate 20 up Trebourba way the driver tried to argue against that so sitting in the jams racking up fares seems more appealing to those taxi drivers than helping to ease the problem with the lower fares that entails loosehead

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