At your service, Cromwell
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.