The man operating the Dunedin night bus service says he
has bookings for this weekend, and will be back doing what he
points out it has been his legal right since July last year.
Dunedin civic and government organisations involved say they
won't be taking any action on the issue, but one recent taxi
industry member says with an All Blacks test in the city, the
tension might ramp up.
The Otago Daily Times reported yesterday that a rock was
thrown through the window of Dunedin operator Andrew
Rutherford's Night Bus last Sunday.
That followed tension between Mr Rutherford and some taxi
drivers, angry he was parking near, and sometimes on, taxi
Retired driver Rob Donaldson, who picks his taxi-driving
daughter up after her shift and has seen the problem, said
the bus should not park less than 20m from a taxi stand.
Mr Rutherford was loading passengers on the taxi stand, and
''shouldn't be there at all''.
''It's going to cause havoc tomorrow [Saturday] night,'' Mr
''You just don't go on to a taxi rank.
''He should be on a bus stop.''
Dunedin City Council senior traffic engineer Ron Minnema said
the issue was parking related, but what operators did on
those parks was a New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) issue.
The NZTA yesterday said it would ''monitor'' the situation,
but was not planning action.
Council parking services team leader Daphne Griffen, asked if
her department was planning any action, said: ''No''.
Mr Rutherford said taxis dropped fares off at bus stops and
taxi drivers had not got used to the Land Transport
Management Amendment Act, that had made his operation legal.
Mr Rutherford said the transport industry was more inclined
to illegal behaviour, because it was more territorial.