[bactttoma] Re: Metro Trains Victoria in dispute with union over waving white flag when train departs platform

  • From: "Elise Lonsdale" <elise@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <bactttoma@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 7 Apr 2010 12:12:25 +1000

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:)

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Sent: Wednesday, 7 April 2010 12:06 PM
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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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