Victoria Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder
New Late Night Taxi Ranks Boost Chapel St Safety
Victor P Taffa
Safety around one of Melbourne’s most popular entertainment areas has received a massive boost with the installation of 18 new late night taxi ranks throughout the Chapel Street precinct.
Launching the new ranks with Stonnington Mayor Cr. John Chandler today, Minister for Public Transport Terry Mulder said the new ranks made catching a taxi safer and more convenient.
“This is about making one of our city’s most popular night spots safer.” Mr. Mulder said.
“The new ranks will be well lit and include flashing LED lane markings, to make them easy for passengers and drivers to identify.”
“This initiative is a Victorian first and a national first, and we hope that similar projects will be adopted in other jurisdictions.”
“It’s a wonderful initiative, which builds on the Coalition Government’s commitment to safer streets and better taxi services.” Mr. Mulder said.
The project provides late night revellers access to 18 taxi ranks throughout the Chapel Street entertainment precinct, all the way from Windsor Station to Toorak Road. The ranks will operate from late night to 5:00 am every Friday and Saturday.
“We’re very proud of what Chapel Street has to offer and we’re not the only ones who love it thousands of people flock here every weekend to enjoy a great night out.” Cr. Chandler said.
“But we believe a good night out is a safe night out, and that’s why we’re doing what we can to help you get home safer.”
The $500,000 initiative is the result of years of planning and contributions from the Stonnington City Council and the State Government through funds from the Taxi Rank Safety Program, administered by the Victorian Taxi Directorate.
Member for Prahran Clem Newton-Brown said the new taxi ranks will be welcomed by the local community.
“The Chapel Street precinct is one of inner Melbourne’s most popular nightspots which attract tens of thousands of people every weekend. The safety of our community is paramount and these new and improved taxi ranks will make it safer and easier for visitors to get home when they want to.” Mr. Newton-Brown said.
The initiative is also supported by Victoria Police and the Victorian Taxi Association.
“This project is a wonderful example of state and local government working together with the taxi industry to improve taxi services and make our city safer.” Mr. Mulder said.
The next round of the taxi rank safety program is now open.