Taxi fares average in first weeks
By JUSTIN JENVEY
THERE has been less demand than they expected but Bright Taxis operator Jack Hodge said he and partner Vicki are committed to keeping the service running long term.
The couple moved to Bright in July, bringing with them their Melbourne taxi fleet which saw the return of a cab service to Bright after more than 18 months without one.
Since providing their first fare on July 25, a taxi has been available around the clock something Mr Hodge said was important with jobs during daylight hours often scarce.
“On Monday and Tuesday you’d be lucky to do five jobs in two days but as the week progresses it picks up,” he said.
“Speaking to people though, it’s been a lot quieter in town than usual even at this time of year.
“Even though it’s been a lot quieter then we expected we’re in this for the long haul, we’re not just here for a few months.
“We expect it will start picking up from this weekend with the school holidays and then be quite busy during October and November and oversummer.”
Despite early demand not being what they thought, Mr Hodge said locals had embraced the return of a taxi to Bright.
“They are very happy especially the younger ones because they know they can go out and then ring us at any time and we’ll answer, so people are very grateful for that,” Mr Hodge said.
“A lot of people have told us how happy they are that there’s a taxi again so that’s made us feel good about what we’re doing.”
Wandi Pub owner Tim Heuchan said the return of a cab meant people were now able to head out of Bright more easily and without having to worry about driving after a few drinks.
“It’s been really good, it’s something the town needs,” he said.
“As a venue owner you want to get people in and out quickly and being where we are it means people don’t get stuck out here.
“We’ve even had groups come out from Harrietville for a night, so it just gives people the option to do that again.”
Mr Hodge said word about the service starting up had also quickly spread to people outside of Bright.
“Last week we went to Mt Hotham twice for a couple of account jobs and also to Albury Airport,” he said.
“We have received quite a lot of calls from interstate from people who are coming here for events like the Rod Run or the Spring Festival who want to know what is available.
“I’m sure there are a lot of locals who still don’t know we’re here and the only way to get to people is word of mouth so hopefully once that happens we’ll start to build some regular cliental.”