[bactttoma] Re: Brothers

  • From: steven taylor <steven_taylor10@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: bactttoma@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2010 13:33:18 +1000

Actually our friendship was strengthened when he brought my daughter home one 
night in August last year.

Well, I won't embarrass her, but he found her and brought her home and I was 
worried sick and he did this completely free of charge, and words could never 
have thanked him enough.


On 07/04/2010, at 1:25 PM, Elise Lonsdale wrote:

> Well done Steven, that's the way.  Never forget your very own personal
> networks.  (comes from being a good business owner I guess). 
> Cheers E:)
> 
> I rarely use taxis myself.
> 
> If Amanda isn't available, I can hire a driver a good friend of mine, and no
> he doesn't always charge the hired rate, but I count myself fortunate in
> this regard, because this driver serves a huge amount of purposes,
> especially when it comes to insuring I have the template I made up exactly
> over where I'm supposed to witness a marriage certificate, and this works
> with the attorney general office and the department of justice, because they
> gave me an exemption to also allow him to be a witness that I signed in the
> correct place, and all this took was a certified photograph of my driver and
> a background cheque of him to insure he was who he said he was.
> 
> Again, I count my blessings with this matter, because I can hire him just
> about any time, in fact, their have been occasions where he's dropped off a
> job, just so as he can come and assist me and he gives me discounts on the
> hired rates, because we're good mates.
> 
> 
> On 07/04/2010, at 1:09 PM, Elise Lonsdale wrote:
> 
>> Hi Steven,
>> Absolutely!   When I was a more regular traveler, I used to have several
>> cards of known good taxi drivers to get me about.  Necessary so you don't
>> cop the Brothers.
>> 
>> Still hav one or two.
>> E:)
>> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: bactttoma-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> [mailto:bactttoma-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
>> On Behalf Of steven taylor
>> Sent: Wednesday, 7 April 2010 12:40 PM
>> To: bactttoma@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> Subject: [bactttoma] Re: Issues with Melbourne Taxi drivers
>> 
>> And here's another solution.
>> 
>> Get hold of taxi drivers cards with their mobile phone numbers who are
> good
>> drivers, and use them as often as you can.
>> 
>> This practice is still legal even if the authorities position is they
> would
>> prefer you didn't do this these days.
>> 
>> 
>> On 07/04/2010, at 12:33 PM, steven taylor wrote:
>> 
>>> Yes do get started on Melbourne taxi drivers, this  brother or cousin
>> issue is an extremely difficult issue to resolve, and I am afraid to say
>> when it comes to the brother driving issue, that's even harder vor blind
>> people, because you have to prove to the stake holders it was the brother
>> and not the actual driver, like they think blind people can use cameras do
>> do this.
>>> 
>>> This issue isn't going to be resolved any time soon, but do get started
> on
>> this issue, because there has to be some precautions out there somewhere
> and
>> maybe there is even a distant solution which will actually work.
>>> 
>>> So please do continue with this issue, especially if you have tips on
>> camera use or you know of regular offenders.
>>> 
>>> One solution is to ask the taxi operator to give you a number of the car
>> picking yu up.
>>> 
>>> Let me tell you, the silvertop company are sick of me asking this
>> question, but I insist I know which number car is coming to pick me up and
>> not just being told first available.
>>> 
>>> If I ever hear drivers tell me this, I assure you, I ask for immediate
>> termination, pay the fair, ring the company and tell them straight and
> tell
>> them they can send me another taxi please.
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On 07/04/2010, at 12:12 PM, Elise Lonsdale wrote:
>>> 
>>>> Hi Steven,
>>>> Oh, don't get me started on Melbourne Taxi drivers!!!  "Brothers".  Yes,
>> we
>>>> call them that, because many of the dodgy drivers that I'm sure many
>>>> blindies can speak about are un-licensed and are most likely driving for
>>>> their families.  So it's normally "My Brother has taxi and I drive for
>> him",
>>>> when ever you ever challenge one of them, when you're asking about the
>>>> directions he's taking and why your trip is taking longer than it should
>> and
>>>> you are worried about the cost.  Not  to mention your personal safety.
>>>> 
>>>> So Steven, like you I do agree that safety should be a priority for
>> drivers
>>>> but also for those of unfortunate to be taken for a ride.  (yes ride
>> could
>>>> have more than one meaning here too). LOL!!!!
>>>> Cheers
>>>> E:)
>>>> 
>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>> From: bactttoma-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>> [mailto:bactttoma-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]
>>>> On Behalf Of steven taylor
>>>> Sent: Wednesday, 7 April 2010 12:06 PM
>>>> To: bactttoma@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>>> Subject: [bactttoma] Re: Metro Trains Victoria in dispute with union
> over
>>>> waving white flag when train departs platform
>>>> 
>>>> Ok here's an update.
>>>> 
>>>> Meetings are taking place this afternoon between all stake holders.
>>>> 
>>>> I seriously doubt anything will be resolved, it's as bad as the taxi
>> drivers
>>>> here in Victoria and the taxi directorate here in Victoria arguing with
>> one
>>>> another, in fact, I still don't know whatever happened to those promises
>> of
>>>> better security for taxi drivers, and yes, even though some of them are
>>>> lousy, they still deserve the rite to drive without having knives or
> guns
>>>> held to their throats by stupid passengers to drunk or high on drugs to
>> care
>>>> about the consequences for those of us who choose to behave ourselves in
>>>> taxis.
>>>> 
>>>> 
>>>> On 07/04/2010, at 7:52 AM, steven taylor wrote:
>>>> 
>>>>> Hi folks.
>>>>> 
>>>>> People are going to say how is this blindness related given  the
>> majority
>>>> of blind people can't see a white flag to begin with.
>>>>> 
>>>>> The latest dispute is over Metro Trains and the Unions not being able
> to
>>>> agree about waving a white flag.
>>>>> 
>>>>> The white flag was initially a trial, but Metro Trains felt it was
>>>> unprofessional and made the whole service look like a puffing billy
>> service.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Well, here's my message to Metro Trains and the Unions.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Do any of them think it would be much better if there were on platform
>> and
>>>> in train audio announcements to tell us when a train is departing.
>>>>> 
>>>>> The are arguments both ways about the white flag issue, personally, I
>>>> don't care less if it comes back or not, but my 2 cents says it should
> be
>> a
>>>> yellow flag enyway easier to see.
>>>>> 
>>>>> But whilst you're having your arguments, do you think you can introduce
>>>> audio announcements across all yourmetro platforms to let us know when
>> the
>>>> train is departing.
>>>>> 
>>>>> And do you think you can give us audio announcements in the train to
>> tell
>>>> us when the train is departing, oh yes the beeps sound when the doors
>> close,
>>>> but an audio announcement after the beeps inside the train would be
> nice.
>>>>> 
>>>>> 
>>>>> And whilst we are at it, do you think you could fit hearing loops to
> all
>>>> your trains and all your train stations, this would help people who were
>>>> deaf/blind.
>>>>> 
>>>>> What a ridiculous argument this is either way.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Make the flag yellow, bring it in, and bring in audio announcements as
>>>> well if you really care about safety of passengers, because I am
> starting
>> to
>>>> wonder if you actually do care.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Cheers.
>>>>> 
>>>>> Steven Taylor.
>>>>> 
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