Did some-one say "call me a taxi"
Hyundai i800 (file image from Hyundai UK)
Taxi meter in Hyundai i800|
showing a £4,600 fare!
26th April, 2010
- British Hyundai taxi owner drives from England to Spain to rescue stranded holiday-makers and clocks up
a £4,600 fare
A taxi driver in Northampton (England) found his choice of a Hyundai i800 (iMax in Australia) was ideal
when he got a booking to collect a hiring from Barcelona (Spain) during the correctly implemented ban on
European jet aircraft flights following the recent volcano eruption in Iceland which spread volcanic ash
across a very wide area of European flight space.
The eight-seat Hyundai i800 MPV meant the journey to collect a group of stranded holidaymakers and their
luggage from Spain was a breeze, even with two drivers on board.
“We got the call at 9.30 AM on Tuesday and were on the road within an hour to collect four people,”
said taxi owner Garry Smith. “I took my son Ben so we could share the driving and booked the
crossing on route. When the passengers heard what car we were in they asked if we could take six people
which because of the car, we were happy to do.”
Stopping only to change drivers every few hours, re-fuel and respond to the calls of nature, Garry and Ben
arrived in Barcelona on Wednesday morning. They didn’t even turn the ignition off before they were loaded up
and heading back.
After the 2,500 mile round trip, Garry and Ben got back to England on Thursday morning with the taxi’s
meter reading a whopping £4,600.05. However, Garry billed the group a pre-agreed £1,850, which worked out at
just over £300 per passenger. “It wouldn’t really be fair to charge them the meter rate,” said Garry,
who bought his Hyundai i800 last year.
He added: “It’s been perfect and it’s now got 65,000 miles on the clock.”
Further, he indicated this particular hiring was his biggest trip ever.