Town to lose its only taxi service: 'I feel terrible'

WHEN the clock strikes midnight on January 1, Eliza Ryan-Bowley will hand back the taxi she has used to transport thousands of passengers.

The co-owner of Pittsworth's only taxi has announced the deadline for the service unless someone can take it over soon.

In a move that could affect hundreds of residents, Mrs Ryan-Bowley and her husband Rodger Bowley will close the Pittsworth and District Taxi Service and hand back the licence to TransLink.

Mrs Ryan-Bowley said the pair, who have driven thousands of people around town since they started driving in 2006, tried for years to sell the cab and licence due to health concerns.

Eliza Ryan-Bowley and Rodger Bowley.
Eliza Ryan-Bowley and Rodger Bowley. Contributed

"I feel terrible about doing this, because the townspeople are depending on us," she said.

"There's a lot of old people we take up the road - we take them shopping, to the doctors.

"We can easily take 80 customers during a regular week."

The taxi service is particularly vital for elderly residents, who take part in subsidised programs like the Toowoomba Regional Council's Cab Service scheme.

Acting Mayor Carol Taylor said the impending closure would have a huge impact on Pittsworth's elderly and disabled.

"It's a great little business for someone, and the community needs that," she said.

"How this council cab (subsidy) works is, if they haven't got a cab, they'll lose that service (with council).

"It helps people who are socially isolated, and who rely on people to pick them up."

Mrs Ryan-Bowley said the couple didn't want to lower the $185,000 sale price for the business because it would de-value other licences in the region.

The business comes with a maxi taxi, all equipment and licence. For more information, call 4693 1972 or send an email to imogen6@bigpond.net.au.


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