Nation Valley News
NORTH DUNDAS — A new North Dundas taxi service expects to stay busy this evening as 2016 changes to 2017.
Triple C Taxi Service proprietor Carol Quinton says she set up her enterprise Dec. 10, days after her former place of employment, Hillcrest Haven Rest Home — west of Winchester — closed for renovations. (Hillcrest owner Steve Tovell confirmed for Nation Valley News that the assisted living facility has temporarily closed for renovations, with residents placed in other homes in the meantime.)
Quinton says she had been looking into the cab industry for a while anyway, seeking a career change after 12 years as a personal support worker.
She bought a late-model Chevy Malibu, bought taxi insurance, and added company logos and taxicab toplight to the vehicle. Although she’s shifted vocations, the Crysler resident continues to commute into Winchester each day in order to focus on fares in the Winchester-Chesterville area.
“I’ve had a good response so far,” says Quinton, who hangs out at a friend’s Winchester home between rides but hopes to eventually set up a small office in North Dundas. The township does not regulate taxicabs, she says, so no municipal licence was required to set up her company.
A licenced driver of 40 years, she’s been raising awareness of her services by dropping off business cards at apartments and seniors’ residences, putting up posters and, of course, Facebook. “I’ve had quite a few repeat customers already,” says Quinton, adding that clients have been a surprising mix of all ages, seniors, middle-aged and younger single parents.
She doesn’t do Uber and is allowed to drop off fares in other municipalities, like Ottawa, where Triple C Taxi Service commonly brings passengers to the airport. “I can’t pick up there, but I can drop off,” she says.
Not yet using a meter, her fares are flat-rate, based on a combination of time, distance and boundaries around villages, she explains. For example, in Winchester, she says she will take rider from their home to the store, one way, for $5 — or $10 return trip.
She’s pretty well booked up for tonight — through to 2 a.m. — but is still taking calls on the fly at 613-410-1545. She also responds to email at email@example.com or Facebook messages at https://www.facebook.com/TripleCTaxi.