Christchurch taxi trade badly hit

2:40 pm on 11 September 2010

Taxi drivers have been hit hard by the Canterbury earthquake, with Christchurch drivers losing most of their business in the immediate aftermath.

Christchurch's fleet of 800 cabs have lost up to 90% of business, though customers are now slowly coming back.

On Strauthers Lane, bricks tumbled down onto two taxis - burying and destroying one in a mountain of masonry, and crushing another.

With the central business district declared a no-go zone and schools closed for a week, Taxi Federation executive director Tim Reddish says cabs have had few passengers.

Mr Reddish few business travellers have been coming and going to the airport.

He says the Taxi Federation is releasing reserve funds to help its members in Canterbury who are losing money because of the earthquake.