Canowindra Taxi Service turns twelve

Ian Guihot's Canowindra Taxi Service carries veterans at the head of an Anzac Day parade. Photo by Federation Fotos
Ian Guihot's Canowindra Taxi Service carries veterans at the head of an Anzac Day parade. Photo by Federation Fotos

The Canowindra Taxi Service will turn 12 this year.

Taxi owner Ian Guihot says its been great to be able to help the community over the past dozen years.

In a standard week Mr Guihot provides people in wheelchairs with a way of accessing the main street, helps elderly members of the community access shops and completes pub runs over the weekend. 

He said he’s had some clients, like 93-year-old Nancy O’Keefe, throughout the entire past 12 years.

“The ladies come down and do shopping every week,” Mr Guihot said.

“It makes you feel good. Some of the things they come up with, that’s a great part of the job.”

The taxi service has played an important role at commmunity events such as Anzac Day ceremonies, helping veterans take part in the parade down Gaskill Street.

He described that job as “special”.

“Helping with the Anzac parade is pretty special. Helping the people who aren’t able to walk it that’s a really good thing,” Mr Guihot said.

He said the taxi wouldn’t run without the support of licensed premises especially the Canowindra Hotel and Royal Hotel which have shown ongoing support.

“Without this support the Canowindra Taxi would not have been able to provide the level of service our customers enjoy,” he said.

“Our passengers owe a great vote of thanks for these two businesses.”

The odd late night down Gaskill Street waiting for drunken revellers can be frustrating, however Mr Guihot enjoys most aspects of his job.

“I should be used to it after 12 years,” he laughed.

“It has changed though. Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights were all flat out now its generally just one night.”

The taxi service began 12 years ago with a rental from Molong, the second vehicle was bought while the third one, which in use now, has only been operating in town for the past 12 months. 

Prior to running the taxi service Mr Guihot had the fruit shop on Gaskill Street for 13 years.

His wife Debbie owns The Plague and I patchwork quilt store on Gaskill Street. 

Mr Guihot said the taxi will continue for the foreseeable future.