- Tuesday 14 April 2015
New signs installed by Council at selected taxi ranks across the region are making it easier for patrons to specify their location when when calling a cab.
Transport Portfolio Councillor Rick Baberowski said the signage, which identified taxi ranks by number, had been installed to help Suncoast Cabs and its users pinpoint exact pick-up locations.
“Council plays an important role in facilitating all kinds of transport across the region and we work closely with partners such as Suncoast Cabs to identify how we can improve transport for our community,” Cr Baberowski said.
“There are many people on the Sunshine Coast who rely on catching a taxi as their main source of transport, or as a safe option for a night out, and these signs make it easier for them.
“Facilitating a range of transport options for residents and visitors helps create a sustainable community and contributes to Council’s goal of becoming Australia’s most sustainable region.
“These signs have been funded through the Transport Levy.”
Cr Baberowski said the new signs with rank identification numbers were installed alongside existing taxi zone signs.
“Instead of trying to explain where you are, just mention the blue rank ID number when you call the taxi company and the driver will know where to pick you up,” he said.
Manager of Suncoast Cabs John Lobwein said the signs were helping his company’s drivers and patrons.
“It can be difficult for Suncoast Cabs drivers to locate passengers if they’re unable to give an exact location when they book a cab,” Mr Lobwein said.
“We approached Council with this issue and these rank identification signs were suggested and installed – they help make things much smoother for call centre staff, drivers and customers.”
A full list of the ID sign locations is available on Council’s website.