Kyabram's taxi crisis needs resolvingApril 2, 2014 4:58am
Desperate for answers and solutions to Kyabram’s taxi crisis, the only calls former Kyabram Taxis manager Rosie Ngamotu is getting is from desperate customers.
Ms Ngamotu lost her job last Wednesday when she was pulled over and told the taxi she was driving was unroadworthy.
It was the only vehicle the embattled service had been running.
And it had been running non-stop.
Ms Ngamotu said she worked 144 hours the week prior. Her co-driver, who did four day shifts, worked 12-hour days.
That car sits idle in Ms Ngamotu’s front yard.
She has been unable to make contact with Kyabram Taxis owner Ted Kilby, so reasons that she is without a job.
But since she still has the company’s mobile phone, she is still taking calls and is attempting to help the distressed, even resorting to using her own car while not accepting payment.
‘‘They are ringing and saying ‘what am I going to do?’ It’s heart-breaking because I now consider a lot of these people my friends,’’ she said.
Ms Ngamotu said she knew things weren’t looking good when a year ago the second vehicle the company owned was removed.
‘‘That made it very difficult because that meant we weren’t able to get another driver, so we have been working enormous hours and at times haven’t been able to keep up,’’ she said.
‘‘When I started here two years ago there were three cars, but it has gradually faded.’’
So desperate was Ms Ngamotu to have the remaining car fixed that she turned to asking customers for finance.
‘‘I was desperate. I knew what would happen if this town did not have a permanent taxi,’’ she said.
She is taking at least 10 calls a day from people needing transport.
‘‘We have a lot of elderly people and a lot of Centrelink clients in this town who rely on the taxi to get them from point A to point B,’’ Ms Ngamotu said.
‘‘They go shopping, have doctors and hospital visits, come and pay bills and visit people.’’
Ms Ngamotu said she could not understand how the Taxi Services Commission could expect a taxi service from another town to fill the gap left by Kyabram Taxis.
‘‘All taxi services are stretched,’’ she said. ‘‘And the best they (other services) might be able to do is take pre-bookings.
‘‘We need a taxi plonked here in town during daylight hours to give people certainty.’’
Campaspe Shire councillor Carol Howell said she was disappointed to hear that taxis in Kyabram have been taken off the road.
‘‘Particularly the impact this will have on the elderly who rely on this service within town,’’ she said.
‘‘I hope that neighbours and friends might be able to assist where they can. It might provide an opportunity for a new enterprise to service Kyabram.’’
Coca-Cola Amatil has confirmed it will be pressing on with its $100 million redevelopment of SPC Ardmona.
Beautiful weather greeted Tungamah residents for the 18th running of the Tungamah Lions Ten Thousand on Sunday.
When Keith and Marion Grumley and their growing family moved to Tatura on January 18, 1968, little did they know that it would be the start of a long and lasting connection to the town.
Mary and Molly Byrne are urging others to support National Bandanna Day today.
Rochester Rotary Club has celebrated its 50th birthday in style.
Sorting future of Campaspe pools
A theatre production with a difference is coming to Seymour.
Local athletes will go head-to-head with some of the best competitors from around the world in swimming and athletics in December.
District residents and visitors will be able to enjoy some of the region’s most beautiful private gardens on Sunday.
The 116th annual Cobram Show went off with a bang at the weekend, drawing in crowds from far and wide for two days of fun.
The annual Deniliquin Garage and Town Sale event is being held tomorrow, and more than 16 homes are registered for the bargain day.
Fifty new full-time jobs will be created at Tatura with a multimillion-dollar expansion of the abattoirs expected to be announced today.
Remembering Australian political giant Gough Whitlam who once called on Benalla police to stop then Treasurer Frank Crean on his journey up the Hume to phone the PM.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.