Viv’s Taxi Service new outings to Hastings for CHB

Getting a ride to Hastings and back is now much easier for Central Hawke’s Bay residents.

Viv’s Taxi Service has expanded, and with a fleet of four vans owner Diana Prosser decided to use the new nine-seat van to run outings to Hastings.

In an act to “make it work for itself” she decided there was no better idea than to hit the open road and make the return journey once a month.

Prosser said the service will operate on a ‘first in, first served’ basis and will be available to anyone in Central Hawke’s Bay from Takapau, Waipukurau, Pōrangahau, Elsthorpe, Ōtāne and Waipawa.

“We thought we would open it up to the general population of CHB and see if anyone else was interested.”

Prosser bought the business of Vivienne Dahm who ran Viv’s Companion Driver Service and who died in May 2023 from a rare form of leukaemia.

She had extended the service to add the day trip to Hastings but also maintained her regular customer base with their requests for around CHB, as she said there is no other service like it.

“They pleaded with me to do it,’ Prosser said about her regulars.

During the day trips customers can be taken anywhere around Hastings for any errands, shopping or appointments they may have.

The previous two trips have seen visits to Kmart, the Warehouse, and Mitre 10 Mega.

Driving the van is Peter White, who Prosser described as her “main man” said he is more than happy to sit and wait for customers while they shop – so long as he has something to eat.


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First published by HB Today. Click here to read the full article.