Eighteen taxi ranks in the entertainment precinct of Chapel Street have been illuminated in an attempt to reduce violent behaviour.
Terry Mulder, Public Transport Minister, said ‘Chapel Street had issues with alcohol-fuelled violence and anti-social behaviour. It is hoped that the new illuminated taxi ranks will help get people off the streets and on their way home promptly’.
The $500K project was funded by The Victorian Taxi Directorate’s taxi rank safety program, the Stonnington City Council and the State Government.
John Chandler, Stonnington Mayor, said “Chapel Street is one of Melbourne’s most vibrant nightspots and the new taxi zones are a really simple way for us to help people get home safer”.
Yarra City Council is also currently preparing to vote on a revamp of its taxi rank system along Swan Street, Smith Street and Brunswick Street following the tragic death of Jill Meagher.
Anthony Main, a City of Yarra Councillor, said ‘Jill Meagher’s death highlighted the limited options available when it came to getting home safely’.
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