City United Taxis drivers Kay Baldock (in the driver's seat) and (clockwise from bottom left) Fabian Rooney, Peter
McFelin, Simon Swift and Bill Overton take a quick break in between their 70 or so jobs in Dunedin yesterday. Photo by Gerard O'Brien
Christmas Day is like any other at work, only busier, for
many taxi drivers.
Bill Overton, of Dunedin, has worked each of the past 30
Christmases and was yesterday undecided if he would spend the
next one at home or behind the wheel.
The director of City United Taxis, Mr Overton (71) said he
had enjoyed every minute of his work during the holiday.
''It's just another day at the office. My kids have all grown
up now. They've never seen me at home for Christmas,'' he
Work was his seasonal tradition, and one he was grateful to
share with others.
''I'm just so lucky over the 30 years I've had good staff, a
good bunch of people, without whom I couldn't have done it,''
Among the company's drivers working yesterday were Kay
Baldock, Fabian Rooney, Peter McFelin and Simon Swift.
They had not been taxi drivers for as long as Mr Overton, but
had all enjoyed their past few Christmas Days on the job.
Most clients lived at rest homes and needed transport to and
from family functions.
Many were ''regulars'', but for others, Christmas was the
only time they ventured out, Mr Overton said.
''A lot of the people we are taking out on Christmas, you
don't see them during the year. It's a special occasion for
them and their families.''
The company had about 70 jobs booked for the day, divided
among fewer than 10 drivers.
Many involved travel between Dunedin and Mosgiel.