[bactttoma] Re: Issues with Melbourne Taxi drivers

  • From: "Elise Lonsdale" <elise@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bactttoma@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2010 13:09:12 +1000

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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