Storms ‘worst in 32 years’ for Summerside taxi service

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SUMMERSIDE – White outs, blowing and drifting snow, and slippery roads have been taking their toll on drivers, but perhaps none so much as local cabbies.

Myles Doucette, dispatcher at Courtesy Cab, takes a call during Tuesday’s storm.

“Just another day in paradise,” says Courtesy Cab’s Myles Doucette.

But in his 32 years in the business, the weather has never been this dominating, he said.

The service was forced to close last night, and couldn’t open until around 6 a.m. this morning.

 “This is the worst I’ve ever seen for being closed.”

His drivers are careful, and some have 50 years under their belt, however, the taxi service has had to take phone numbers to let clients know if they’re unable to reach them.

A nursing supervisor called earlier for help getting her staff to work this morning, but called again because she is going home, he said.

“The storm is so hard on everything: machinery, nerves, customers.”

He recently returned from a tropical cruise, and came home to this weather.

“It was like a dream going there, but not a dream coming back.”

Larry Lauzon, of Team Taxi, said they were open all night, but it’s been difficult. “This is spring. It’s supposed to, anyway,” he laughed.

Lauzon said he worked with Myles for years, and they almost always got around, even in a snowstorm.

“But this year, it just seems like we’ve had to shut down a few times.”

There’s just nothing you can do if the drivers can’t get around, he said.

“With the winds, it’s been bad this year because the plows aren’t out.”

That makes it a lot worse, he said.

“If you can’t get your own car around, then we’re probably not going to get our taxis around, either.”




Geographic location: Summerside

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