At your ser­vice, Cromwell

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE - JO MCKEN­ZIE-MCLEAN

A new taxi ser­vice in Cromwell has proved so pop­u­lar the coowner goes to bed in her clothes.

Steph Ben­tell and San­dra Adam started Cromwell Cabs a fort­night ago, frus­trated at the lack of trans­port op­tions in the town.

Adam be­came in­ter­ested in start­ing a taxi busi­ness last year af­ter suf­fer­ing a bro­ken an­kle and be­ing bedrid­den.

‘‘I had to rely on friends and fam­ily to get to ap­point­ments and I thought, how on earth do other peo­ple get on es­pe­cially if you are older be­cause there are a lot of peo­ple who live here who don’t have fam­ily?’’

Ben­tell had also been con­sid­er­ing the idea of start­ing a taxi busi­ness.

‘‘I re­ally en­joy driv­ing and wanted a change. It’s great. We are re­ally busy. I go to bed in my clothes so when the phone goes off at 1am or 2am I just jump out of bed and am ready. The town has grown so quickly and ev­ery­one we have talked to says, ‘it’s about time’.’’

‘‘We are ba­si­cally booked out for Gibb­ston Val­ley, we are go­ing to be run off our feet at the Cromwell races . . . It’s mar­vel­lous.’’

The pair had re­ceived in­quiries from mo­tels, Dun­stan Hos­pi­tal, and had con­ver­sa­tions with the po­lice and ACC about pro­vid­ing trans­port at ac­ci­dent scenes or break­downs. The com­pany was a pre-booked ser­vice and could not be ‘‘hailed’’ down in the street.


Cromwell Cabs owner-oper­a­tors San­dra Adam and Steph Ben­tell.

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