Katie Chapman at Dom Post reports:
Cabbies may have to pay to use taxi ranks as Wellington City Council looks to save ratepayers’ money.
But taxis warn that the cost would just end up being passed to passengers.
A proposal to charge taxis for using city stands is among ideas mooted by council officers for inclusion in the draft Annual Plan, which sets the city’s budget and rates take.
Councillors will debate the draft next month before the final version is sent out for public consultation.
I use taxis a fair bit, but despite that I think there is some merit to this idea. Central city space is at a premium. Those who use it for parking or for taxi stands should pay for the economic cost of that space. Basically it should be user-pays. I’m not sure ratepayers should subsidise taxi users.