Your View: Botanic bus parking

I HAVE been advised bus parking in Plane Tree Drive, adjacent the Adelaide Botanic Gardens, has been converted to metered parking. How many meters will a 12-metre coach take up?

As a country bus charter operator, this now makes it extremely difficult to take children from our country schools to the zoo, as there is a strictly limited time to offload and collect the students after visiting the zoo. Our only option is to drop the children, keep somebody on the bus with the driver to answer the phone, and tour around Adelaide as bus parking in town is next to impossible to find. Then when the phone call comes, head back to pick the students up and head for home.

Of course, the phone call will inevitably come when the bus is way across the other side of town looking for parking.

This road for years has been available for bus parking, albeit with tolerance from the Botanic Gardens’ traffic monitors. These meters are just another example of an organisation gouging whatever it can from any group of tourists or visitors.

Our new state government has indicated it is keen to support and promote tourism in our state. Perhaps it can bring some pressure to bear on management at the Botanic Gardens, who have control of Plane Tree Drive, to be a little more supportive of the tourism industry and its operators.

Don Benbow, Benbows of Minlaton

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