Mr Tommy 2 strokes
I wonder if I may ask your advice on a taxi business that I'm hoping to start soon, I've gained a private hire license and bought a Morris Oxford saloon as, these cars are great for getting in and out quickly and, they don't need seat belts because of their vintage, I'm using it at the moment to carry my corner shop customers to and from the shop, they phone me, i pick them up, buy the goods in my shop, then I taxi them home and it all works very well, my question is, I'm wanting to start business on the ranks, many customers ask as they like native Wiganers to take them up from the ranks but, A native Wigan taxi driver is rarer than hens teeth, How can i get a rank license for my Morris Oxford , Its a 1969 1700 gold seal engine and its been converted to take the modern low octave fuels,
much obliged to you Sir for any pointers,
Started: 4th Feb 2021 at 20:59
Changing your name and religion, along with a few sessions on t'sunbed, should help get the ball rolling!
Replied: 4th Feb 2021 at 21:08
That has been suggested to me Mr Tonker but, it defeats the objective , My customers want a white ,Wigan speycking driver with a local name like Arfur, Albert, fred, Joe or Harry,
Replied: 4th Feb 2021 at 21:25
The owd Morris Oxford Taxis in Wigan of 1960s vintage were diesels and some were still running in the early 1980s, and they would run the clock round, and doo 500,000 miles without needing a service
Replied: 4th Feb 2021 at 22:56
at least you've answered him.
Replied: 5th Feb 2021 at 10:05
I remember Else and Monika in the early 1970s they worked from the old rank on King Street West.
I can hear the noise in me head now of the old mechanical meters clicking up every few yards ........
Click Click Click
And the faster they drove the quicker it clicked, which is logical isn't it
Click Click Click Click Click
Replied: 5th Feb 2021 at 10:48
I booked the Morris Oxford into a garage for a service and to have a quote for seatbelt fitting as this is mandatory for taxi application, Well, What a fiasco, The garage manager phoned me and asked me to come and remove it, He appointed a qualified Ford technician, John to service the car, John a 32 year old time served vehicle engineer spent the first half hour looking for the plug to input his diagnostic device, When an older mechanic working in the tyre bay told him , they don't have one, he then flattened the battery trying to start the engine to get the car in the workshop, He did't know, you need to pull out the choke, He then spent the rest of the morning looking on youtube for " how to change points" until the manger told him to push it out of the workshop and gave him another car to service,
Anyways I have acquired a Heyes manual and I'll do it myself,
Replied: 7th Feb 2021 at 11:47