IPSWICH has a chronic shortage of taxi drivers, with 15 new drivers needed now at Yellow Cabs.
Yellow Cabs Ipswich fleet manager Debbie Morrison said the shortage was likely leading to more people waiting for cabs for longer periods.
The reason for the shortage has been put down to many people not thinking about driving cabs as an employment option.
Ms Morrison said there were full-time and part-time opportunities. She said some drivers might only want to drive one day a week while others had made careers out of it.
"I've had drivers that have been driving here for 30 years," she said.
"I have a teacher who teaches all week and drives on Sunday. So it can be for part-timers and for people wanting to make a living out of it.
"For retirees who don't have as many funds as they thought, maybe one day a week would suit them. I haven't had any complaints as yet to say that people are waiting too long for cabs, but it would have to have a roll-on affect, with people waiting longer than they normally would."
Mayor Paul Pisasale said he "got a call from the Department of Transport saying that there was a shortage of taxi drivers".
"When I looked into it I found out that 15 people can get jobs right now down here at Yellow Cabs," he said.
"My role is to bring this fact to the notice of the community.
"There are people out there who have been made redundant and coming into Christmas this is a great opportunity for 15 people.
"Ipswich would have to be one of the safest places to drive a cab. And Yellow Cabs will help you get your qualifications. All you have to do is be prepared to do some hard work and put some hours in."
Yellow Cabs driver Peter Linning, 67, had a successful career as a panel beater, in insurance and as a manager.
He has been driving for the past seven years and said it was a rewarding profession.
"I enjoy the people relationships and I do a lot of work with people with disabilities through Yellow Cabs and I get a big fulfilment out of that," he said.
"I do a job with a woman who is 59 years old, who nearly died when she was run over by a truck when she was eight.
"She goes to a respite centre every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon and I am her permanent driver ... and I love it."
Mr Linning said Yellow Cabs was a good company to work for.
"They look after me and I look after them," he said.
Those wanting to drive a taxi for Yellow Cabs should phone Ms Morrison on 3281 6677.
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