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Relief hope for Kyabram taxi customers

Kyabram's taxi woes may be nearing an end.

April 16, 2014 3:38am

Relief could be in sight for the taxi starved communities of Kyabram and district.

A Taxi Services Commission spokesman said yesterday it would urgently fast track any licence application or transfer in order to restore permanent taxi services.

He said the commission was working with a number of interested parties regarding new taxi licences in the Kyabram area.

Tatura Taxis was one of three companies the commission gave special permission to provide cover to Kyabram as a temporary measure.

A spokesman for the business, which also has cabs in Shepparton, said owners were negotiating the purchase of the Kyabram Taxis business with owner Ted Kilby.

The spokesman, who wished to remain anonymous, said negotiations were ongoing and were positive.

‘‘We are hopeful the papers will be signed this week, then it is a matter of waiting for the TSC’s go ahead,’’ he said.

He said it was too early to say what the arrangements would be.

‘‘We have been to Melbourne and have made inquiries about getting more cabs and have been in correspondence with TSC who are going to try and fast track everything,’’ he said.

‘‘We have been running Kyabram people around as fast as we can and have been giving the current Kyabram Taxis drivers a chance to earn a few dollars and keep the service going over there.’’

The spokesman said his company had initially asked the commission for an extra licence to service Kyabram.

‘‘But with three licenses in Kyabram and with new licensing laws coming in on July 1, we can get one of those licenses and work it in Tatura,’’ he said.

‘‘I envisage we’ll be trying to run Kyabram and Tatura as one as a country unit and we can use Shepparton as a back up when required, so that means you’ll have anything up to five cabs available for the area.’’

Kyabram hairdresser Anna Plummer raised concerns last month about the state of Kyabram’s taxi service that she said was driving vulnerable people out of town.

The commission pulled the last remaining Kyabram cab off the road two weeks ago due to safety concerns.

Tatura Taxis and Shepparton Taxis have since been taking pre-bookings.

The spokesman for Tatura Taxis said it would base a taxi in Kyabram over the Easter period from Saturday through to Monday night.

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