Taxis may face lull then rush

18:35, Dec 08 2013

Taxi drivers will be left in a lull and could face a rush of customers if a proposed one-way door policy for bars goes ahead, Timaru Taxis manager Arnold Garchow says.

Late night bars may be required to close their doors to patrons from 2am if the draft local alcohol policy is adopted in South Canterbury.

The policy proposes clientele can leave but no longer enter licensed premises after 2am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings or for any large event occurring at the premises.

Mr Garchow says he is worried business will hit a lull between 2am and 4am.

"We won't be able to keep up with the demand at 4am; we've only got a maximum of 20 vehicles."

Business normally picked up around 11pm on weekends with a steady increase through to 4am, he said. "It's a bit of an unknown but I'm worried it might go quiet for our guys.

"Usually at 11pm the workload increases and they don't normally stop after that."


The Timaru Herald