Taxi stands moved back to spots near bars
Kamloops’ bar crowd isn’t flocking to cab stands set up several blocks from downtown nightclubs and bars, so the city is bringing the stands to them.
Community safety manager Jon Wilson said the stands, which the city rolled out last year, will be moved to the 300-block of Victoria Street — by the Blue Grotto and The Commodore Grand Cafe and Lounge — and in front of Cactus Jack’s Night Club on Fifth Avenue.
The change could take place by next week.
Wilson said taxi companies drove the change.
The current cab stands, located on side streets rather than in front of the bars, weren’t being well-used and the spaces reserved for taxis were sometimes illegally filled by parked cars.
The new locations will allow bar staff to monitor the stands, to make sure no one parks in them, Wilson said.
The stands were originally located away from the bars to keep patrons from packing up and potentially causing problems outside the establishments.
Wilson said that’s still a concern bylaw enforcement will be monitoring: “But, trying to get people to go to the taxi cabs that were not right there and visible was problematic as well.”