The Road Ahead : February March 2009
features Wheel of Three professional drivers outline the road STORY BARRY GREEN PHOTOS JIM McEWAN Then spare a thought for the professional drivers, those that earn a living driving all day in south-east Queensland’s ever- growing traffi c. Patience, while not necessarily listed on a driver’s job description, is what’s needed above all else, according to veteran cabbie Darryl Briais. T Your donations keep us airborne The RACQ Helicopter Rescue Network - CareFlight Rescue,i CQ Rescue and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service - fly more than 4000 missions every year and often mean the difference between life and death. Help them to continue saving lives by pledging a donation today The RACQ RACQ Hellicopter Rescue Network - CareFli h Flight Rescue, CQ Rescue and Capricorn Helicopter Rescue Service - fly more than 4000 missions every year and often mean the difference between life and death. Help them to continue saving lives by pledging a donation today. Please add: ®$5 ®$10 ® $20 or $ to my annual RACQ membership subscription renewal as my donation to RACQ-sponsored community helicopter rescue providers through the RACQ Charitable Trust Fund. Mail to: RACQ Charitable Trust Fund, Reply Paid 4, Springwood BC QLD 4127 First Name: Last Name: Address: Postcode Membership Number _/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/ Signed: Date: All pledged donations will be paid to RACQ Charitable Trust Fund on behalf of the sponsored community helicopter rescue providers. The RACQ Charitable Trust Fund is registered in Queensland as a charity and the RACQ Charitable Trust Fund has obtained the necessary endorsement from the Australian Taxation Office for donations to be tax deductible. Upon payment of the donation a receipt will be issued to you by the Trust Fund to claim on your tax return. “That’s something other road users and passengers need to take on board too,” Mr Briais said. Mr Briais, who has been driving a Yellow Cab in Brisbane for nearly 20 years, said some roads were so notoriously congested that they were better avoided. “Gympie Road is one, as is Waterworks Road, while the South East Freeway can be heavy even as early as 6am,” he said. “And if there’s a prang on the Gateway (Motorway), it goes without saying that it will be gridlocked. Hopefully, the new (second) Gateway Bridge will alleviate a lot of problems.” But cabbies face more than traffi c congestion. Mr Briais said the number of ‘No Standing’ and ‘No Stopping’ zones (those marked by a solid yellow line) in inner Brisbane made life harder than it needed to be. “We’re limited to where we can drop off and pick up passengers. Not everyone understands why you can’t just pull up anywhere.” Finding space at a rank, where taxis can park while awaiting fares, is another issue, a problem not helped by Alice, Margaret and Charlotte streets becoming clearways from 4pm-7pm week hink it’s tough stuck in the commuter grind for an hour or more each way, each day?
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