By Amy Kent Herald Staff Writer
The Clinton Herald
---- — CLINTON — There’s a new taxi in town but riders may notice not a whole lot has changed.
On Feb. 6, Greg Coppess took over ownership of Clinton’s exclusive taxi service, On The Go Too, and realized that when something’s not broken, it doesn’t need to be fixed.
“The business was doing great so I decided to keep everything exactly the same,” said Coppess of his new business venture. “The only difference is we’ve added another cab because it was getting so busy.”
When former owner and Coppess’ former boss, Larry Witt, decided to sell the company at the beginning of the year and instead focus his energy on its mother company, On The Go Taxi, in Davenport, Coppess said he couldn’t pass up the opportunity.
“I drove for Larry for about a month so when he was ready to sell I jumped on the chance,” Coppess said. “I’ve had my own business before but this requires a lot more customer service, which is something I enjoy doing. Plus, Larry helped me out quite a bit when I was getting started so it’s been a good transition.”
That transition has also been aided by the support Coppess has received from local businesses and his employees.
Since taking over the taxi company, Coppess has only needed to hire one new driver to maintain their extended 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. business hours, an employee base he feels comfortable with.
“We’re going to stick with our four drivers because we have a good system and as of now that’s all the demand calls for,” Coppess said. “But hopefully we’ll get busier and we’ll need to hire more to keep up.”
But hiring new drivers is not an easy task because of rigorous background checks and training they are required to go through before they can begin their chauffeur careers.
It can take anywhere from two to three weeks for a driver to become certified to operate a taxi but Coppess said that assures him and his customers that only trained and experienced professionals will be a part of the On The Go Too team.
“My drivers are highly experienced,” Coppess said. “Collectively we have more than 20 years worth of experience between us.”
A second taxi will be available in April once the van is equipped with a fare meter and is properly insured and certified.
“We’ve had to turn down a lot of riders because we just can’t keep up with all of them,” Coppess said. “We hate telling people no so getting this second taxi is the best thing we could ask for.”
On The Go Too accepts riders of all ages from the hours of 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., charging $6 for the first 3 miles and an additional $2 for every subsequent mile. Coppess hopes he can make On The Go Too Clinton’s longstanding taxi service.