April 7, 2017
Cab drivers in Ayr are fed up over roadworks that have transformed a busy town centre taxi rank into a scene of “carnage”.
The Life Blood of Ayr’s Taxi Trade
The profitable taxi rank outside Ayr Railway Station is relied upon as the life blood for many of the town’s drivers. However, the rank has been temporarily shifted to a new base across the street whilst essential maintenance work is undertaken. The problem is that the driver’s new home was previously used by the public for parking and, although this has been temporarily suspended, many motorists are continuing to use the space, leaving no room for the town’s taxis.
“Trade is already down about 30 per cent…and the guys have no back-up when trying to move people on.”
Tommy Getgood, chair of the South Ayrshire Taxi Association, revealed: “The signs are up and clear – parking has been temporarily suspended for the public. But our guys are being subjected to all sorts of abuse when arriving to find people still parked in the spaces. The train station rank is the busiest in town – it’ our historic base – and so many of the guys rely on it for business. But trade is already down about 30 per cent because of this and the guys have no back-up when trying to move people on.”
No Police Intervention at Taxi Rank
As parking is not a criminal matter in South Ayrshire the police have been unable to intervene in the row between drivers and the public. Parking Enforcement Officers are doing their bit to ensure the clearly signed parking restrictions are followed but, as they can’t patrol the area all the time, the drivers are being forced to deal with the problem situation themselves.
“It’s a nightmare because we’re only trying to do our job.”
Local Ayr driver, Chris Colville, said: “The police say they can’t do anything so all we’ve got is the parking wardens. They come by every now and again but it’s basically left to us to deal with it. The place has been carnage and it’s a nightmare because we’re only trying to do our job.”