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Melbourne taxi drivers end blockage
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14:28, April 30, 2008

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Melbourne taxi drivers ended their blockade in Melbourne Wednesday afternoon after winning key concessions from the Victorian state government.

John Parker from the Transport Workers Union said in Melborne the state government had agreed to meet the driver's demands after a delegation of drivers met Public Transport Minister Lynne Kosky for two hours.

"Safety screens will be introduced in Victorian taxis over the next 12 months. And they (the Government) will bear 50 percent of the cost," the ABC Radio quoted him as saying.

Taxi drivers had blockaded the intersection outside the Flinders Street Station for over 20 hours for the lack of adequate safety and security measures for drivers following the stabbing of a 23-year-old driver on Tuesday.

The government agreed to introduce prepaid fares for all travel between 10 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. and to review the fare structure, Parker said.

The government also agreed to pay the medical and rehabilitation costs for the injured driver and will waive any penalty or infringement notices issued to the drivers during the blockade.

Source:Xinhua



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