Situated on municipal ground behind the Sedgefield offices of the Knysna Municipality and the Post Office, between Tarentaal and Vink Streets, the rank provides 14 shaded parking bays and a washing bay for taxis. The space is next to the existing public toilets, on top of which the taxi operators will also be provided with a small office.
Knysna Municipal Manager, Lauren Waring, said that until the building of this facility, commuters made use of a few parking spaces opposite the Total Garage in the town’s Main Street, which at times could cause traffic congestion and were unsafe for commuters. “The new facility provides more parking space and is closer to public toilets. It is close enough to shops and banks, yet far enough out of the main traffic flow to ensure safety for motorists and pedestrians. The local taxi fraternity and commuters are very excited to start using this facility.”
Ms Waring added that fencing has been erected between the taxi rank and the back of the post office to ensure safe pedestrian access to public post boxes.
Speaking at the opening of the taxi rank, Knysna Executive Mayor Georlene Wolmarans said the cost of the taxi rank project amounted to R1.1 million, and was paid for by the municipality and aided by a provincial contribution. “This site has been developed to its full potential and we are confident that the rank will be able to accommodate the current and future needs of the local taxi industry and commuters for some time to come.”
Ms Wolmarans urged the community to look after this new location. “We should work together in ensuring the upkeep of these facilities, and to protect it from possible vandalism or other more serious crimes. Please assist me in discouraging vandalism and feel free to report any suspected crime on, or against, these premises. By taking pride in, and looking after this brand new taxi rank, we can look forward to using it for many years to come,” said Wolmarans.