Taxis call for more allocated spaces
The Diario reports that the taxi drivers organisation TaxisRam management says it does not understand the justifications given by the City Council of the Municipality by refusing to create more taxi ranks in the Funchal, pointing out the existence of “473 taxis for only 220 available seats”.
The request was made to the Funchal municipality to, among others to create a square near the restaurant ‘O Barqueiro’ in the Centromar area above Doca do Cavacas. The council responds that 400 metres from the desired location there is a square with two seats and 600 metres from the Praça da Estrada Monumental, on the opposite side to the Madeira Forum. It also stresses that in the desired area there are 11 charged parking spaces with high turnover and greater demand than the offer.
“We know that these squares exist, but it doesn’t make any sense because it is too far for people [customers]”, counters Paulo Pereira, director of the institution. TaxisRam also wanted a square to be installed on Avenida do Infante, and the City Council indicates that in Largo António Nobre already has one, so it considers that the introduction of another square is not justified by the fact that the existing rotating parking offer is available, in front of the Hotel Savoy, serve the various commercial spaces.
Paulo Pereira disagrees stressing that, when passers-by “leave the hotel, they cannot see any square and do not even know where a square exists, since it is very far from the hotel and they do not even have visibility of that same square because it is hidden from the hotel’s view”.
Finally, the creation of a square next to the private hospital, as was the wish of TaxisRam. Now, the mobility and transit division realizes that these introductions are already implemented.
For all this, the outburst comes out in a way of regret: “We feel abandoned by this (Funchal) Chamber”.
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