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New transit provider at Mt Buller

Discussion in 'Mt Buller' started by djam, Mar 15, 2019.

  1. wolly

    wolly One of Us

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    The MMBL bit is running very smoothly I believe
     
  2. Madski

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    Including speeding around the village! Well above the speed limit!
     
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  3. wolly

    wolly One of Us

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    Which taxi company do you use?
     
  4. Jellybeans

    Jellybeans Walking on a cloud Ski Pass: Gold

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    Do you work for MMBL? Perhaps you have some insight into the inner workings of this sudden taxi business.
     
  5. wolly

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    No I do not
     
  6. Jellybeans

    Jellybeans Walking on a cloud Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ok so who told you it was running smoothly?
     
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    travelislife One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    What the hell is going on here? How could one company in a town the size of Mansfield/Merrijig not get enough qualified drivers and then overnight another company (who didn’t tender) has no issues and it’s ‘all running smoothly’. This story has a whole lot more to run to get the full picture...
     
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  8. Jellybeans

    Jellybeans Walking on a cloud Ski Pass: Gold

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    Was it some massive elaborate scheme to assert MMBL’s dominance in its relationship with the RMB...
     
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  9. Whiteman

    Whiteman A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I have no idea, but it could have something to do with the pay rate they offered, the new company's payment model, ie like Uber, the fact that they didn't advertise for drivers locally, but sourced drivers from other areas, and locals who had worked for MMBL for many years may have been loyal to them, and not defected to the new provider, or not been invited to work with them.

    When your old boss rings up and says do you want to work for us again, they said yes, and bingo, problem solved.
     
  10. Chux-sw

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    It might have something to do with the winning tenderer having no experience with transport in Alpine areas and no association with Mansfield or Mt Buller and MMBL having been around for 60 odd years, having vehicles in their lot and a contact list of drivers ready to go.
     
  11. Jellybeans

    Jellybeans Walking on a cloud Ski Pass: Gold

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    But they didn't tender for it at all. They just let it go. And now they are back all the sudden.
     
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  12. currawong

    currawong Old but not so Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    sounds like a massive cock up by RMB. Commercially they have been given a thrashing. If they set off to break the stranglehold of MMBL, they have just made it worse. Or was it all a token gesture to tick boxes for their bureaucratic masters?
     
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  13. Madski

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    None.

    I just don’t like being nearly run over by MMBL drivers over the years including last Sunday on there return.
     
  14. travelislife

    travelislife One of Us Ski Pass: Gold

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    Is the above just hypothesizing or known? As it doesn’t appear to align with the direct feedback from the new operator to one of the members earlier in the thread.
     
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    Credit where it is due, the buses have been running very nicely this week. The big test is of course the weekend, but thumbs up for the service this week.
     
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    Drove the car back out of the village and got the free valet back to the lodge on Friday night. No way to check, appears to just be an honour system. Would have been relatively obvious because I was alone with nothing but a set of keys.

    Valet driver was a nice bloke but no clue about the mountain. Had me riding shotgun with my iPhone plotting a route to the lodges for his two groups. Their staff iPad app for bookings is extremely clunky and takes a long time to process each one.

    Valet back to the car parks was a mess. Their radio was going nuts. Very stressed operators fielding a lot of complaints by the sound of it
     
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    Driver on Friday night told me that MMBL locked the bowser in the village, forcing travel safe to run vans down to Mansfield for fuel
     
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  18. wolly

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    I think you will find MMBL own the bowser
     
  19. BullerBoyz

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    Wouldn't that bowser be on a lease agreement with the Crown given we ( as in Club lodges) are all on leasehold agreements and thus could/should the RMB not forceably take control of it. "Strategic asset" to use Fed Govt parlance.
    ps I agree the buses are a shambles but I despised MMBL. Rude & arrogant with some late Friday night drivers having been drinking (smell the spirit !) I do not miss them nor their dilapidated 1970's transfer "trucks".
     
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  20. wolly

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    When was your last trip in a taxi
     
  21. Madski

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    On the weekend in an MMBL taxi. The driver was speeding well over the speed limit and was also very rude.
     
  22. wolly

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    Why did you use Mmbl if you dont like them. There are now 2 taxi companies now
     
  23. dmz

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    Have they increased the frequency of the shuttles? And when do they start and stop running please?
     
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    Don't know about start & finish times, but the frequency seemed to be a lot better than last year. Also, the buses are a HUGE improvement from the old MMBL rattletraps. Low floor, hanging straps, and a lot bigger.
     
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  25. Sophie Jakan

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    Ski School shuttle arrives every 4 minutes from 6am, ruining everyone’s sleep on Breathtaker Rd, really annoying but full to the brim. Also if you ski often and want to avoid taxis get a village pass for 4WD vehicles.
     
  26. Jellybeans

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    If you own property or a member of a lodge, you can get a permit.
     
  27. wolly

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    Wow. Every 4 mins. Thats amazing.!