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TAXI CHARGES.

DEPUTATION TO COUNCIL/

j At the Borough Council meeting last evening a petition as follows was received from seven local taxi-drivers::— "We, the undersigned, being all the .fxi-cab proprietors at present pursuI ing taxi-cab work and business in the Borough of Ashburton, hereby respectfully request the Borough Council to pass and carry into effect a by-law not to issue any taxi-cab license to any ■taxi-cab not daily engaged in the Borough of Ashburton unless the owner thereof is a resident of tho said Borough or resides within three miles of the boundaries thereof, or has resided in the said Borough or within the said three miles boundary for a period of one month prior to any such license being issued. Also to pass a resolution fixing, the minimum, price for the use of the taxi-cab within the said Borough at 2s/' •"

Six taxi proprietors waited on the meeting, in support of the petition. Mr «£•.- Jackson stated that the petition set out the castr for the taxiowners. ■ The Ashburton drivers had tried to get casual business at- Ghristehurch, limaru and Oamaru, and had been told-by. the councils* there that it would be necessary to reside within a four mile radius of those towns for a period of one month before a license could be issued. Seeing, that they were barred- from getting business in other towns,, they asked the Council for the same protection in Ashburton. Outside drivers ca«ie to Ashburton on-spe-cial occasions • and collected £8 tO £10> in a day for* faces, and then walked offand spent the money outside. 'The local men lived in the town and had to take the thick and thin.

'j'he Mayor asked Mr Jackson re<*garding the local increase in fares. Mr Jackson replied that he considered the 2s vvas a reasonable charge. Most people wb,q owned motor-cars would know how high the cost of maintenco on a car vvas. At Timaru the charge was 2s for- each passenger. The local men was asking for a minimum of 2s, but not 2s for each passenger. Mr L. Newman supported Air Jackson that the 2s charge was fair. He also pointed out that the local proprietors were married men who lived in the town. He had held a license inChristcliurch for some years, but could not obtain one casually f-or race days, etc. Cr. J. Watson pointed out that in the city of Christcliurch the radius from belt to belt was, about two miles, as against' the mile in Ashburton. Mr Newman said the fare from the Square in Christchurch to the railway station was 2s 6d. The Mayor stated that he considered that if taxi-drivers load to reside one month within a certain radius of Timaru or Christchurch before getting a license, it was not fair to the local men that thosei •'drivers- cbuld'eome l\ere and obtain, casual licenses- The Council would look into this.* matter and obtain copies of the by-laws-from those towns. He.felt sura;the Council'would be only' too pleased .to assist the local taxi men in this matter. In regard to the charge of 2s, it seemed to him to be reasonable, especially in these days of high prices and cost of petrol, etc. Cr. Vesty asked whether the charge would be 2s for one or. more passengers. Mr Jackson said.th9.<minimum would be 2s and an extra, charge of 6d for each passenger. Cr. Vesty said a 2a charge for, four passengers would be cheap. The Mayor said Mr Jackson was giving the show away when he intimated that outside drivers made so_ much money when they paid.casual visits to Ashburton. (Laughter). Cr McElrea pointed out that the Ashburton residents were also interested in fares to be charged outside the borough. • He particularly referred to show days and also to the cemetery. Mr Jackson replied, that they could get 3s to the Show Ground. Mr McNamara said the proprietors wore prepared to reduce the outside fares if the Council would keep out opposition from other towns. Cr. Ferriman said he always found the Christchurch fares reasonable. He considered it would be a good thing if people had to pay high taxi fares, as it would help to make them walk. (Laughter.) Cr. Watson asked whether Cr. Fernman intended to open a boot shop. The matter was then referred to the By-laws Committee to report.

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TAXI CHARGES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919

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TAXI CHARGES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919

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