Shark-cage operators put the bite on Govt about safety – but is competition their real worry?

December 28, 2011

Code or no code, Alf prefers to get his kicks elsewhere.

Dunno why southern shark tourism operators are making such a fuss about cowboy operators.

They are expressing concerns that the unregulated industry could lead to cowboy operators coming to the Foveaux area.

And these cowboys – they reckon – will put peoples’ lives in danger because they do not know what they are doing.

The reality, Alf suspects, could be that the incumbent operators are pissed off at the prospect of competition and want the industry regulated to make it easier for themselves to make a buck.

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Smile, you’re on cabbie camera – but installing these gadgets should not be a matter of compulsion

April 3, 2010

Alf can’t whip up much interest in a debate about the safety of cab drivers in his Eketahuna North electorate. Indifference perhaps stems from the dearth of taxis and assaults.

But Alf personally is fascinated by the subject, because it suggests to him that most cab drivers are remarkably unconcerned about their personal welfare and safety, despite the hullabaloo that typically follows the murder or beating of one of their colleagues.

If they were concerned, the Taxi Federation would not have to press the Government to introduce mandatory safety measures such as cameras.

Cabbies would have done it themselves.
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