The City of Regina made a change Thursday to where taxis can go at night following a video posted on social media.
A staff member from downtown bar O’Hanlon’s documented parking enforcement crews recently moving taxis away from picking up people around 11.30 p.m.
The taxis were in a no-parking zone but, with the prevalence of drunk driving and bars being sued by SGI, the staff member questioned why it was being done.
The city announced the area along Victoria Avenue near Scarth Street will now be designated a late night taxi zone.
“We are aware of a video that has been posted online detailing an incident between a downtown bar owner and one of our Bylaw Enforcement Officers. The safety of our employees is paramount in the work they do on behalf of all Regina residents and that needs to be respected at all times.
We take seriously the efforts being undertaken by restaurants and bars in our city to ensure patrons get home safely after consuming alcohol and we thank them for those endeavours.
After engaging with downtown businesses on a plan to deal with the issue, the City will be installing – by this afternoon – late-night taxi zones along Victoria Avenue at Scarth Street. We are confident this will address the needs of patrons while also protecting the safety of pedestrians and motorists in the area.”
980 CJME has contacted the bar for a response.