Taxi service returns to Danville

August 03, 2004|LIZ MAPLES

Danville has gone months without a taxi service, but today William Parker opened Danville-Boyle Taxi.

It will be welcome news to Carol Claborn. She moved back in April and three days later the transmission in her car broke. She said she once relied on Singleton Bell Cab Company, now out of business, to pay her bills and buy groceries.

She lived in Danville seven years ago when her son went to Kentucky School for the Deaf, but the 52-year-old woman said that she doesn't have any family in town and few friends.

"It's not just me. There are several people here in my (apartment) complex who don't have cars," Claborn said.

When Singleton Bell closed because of insurance problems, Claborn said she was left without any way to get around. The Bell family has said that they will reopen the company soon.


But before Parker was issued his license, the state Transportation Cabinet reported that there were no valid licenses issued for Boyle County, according to its response to an Advocate open records request.

Parker used to work for Bell before he opened Danville-Boyle Taxi. He bought a state license for $8,000, and then bought an Impala. He expects to have two more cabs in operation this fall.

Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center has had a couple of patients a week that need a ride home, either because their family members are at work or they don't know anyone in the area to take them home, said Mary Begley, hospital spokeswoman.

"We are really challenged," she said.

Sometimes people had to stay in the hospital longer, which is costly to the patient and the hospital. Other times they will have to stay until the evening when family or neighbors can pick them.

"It is better for the patient if they can get home during the day," Begley said.

Parker will charge $2 for the first three miles and $1 for each additional mile with a $5 minimum. The company's phone number is (859) 236-4443.

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