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Mi TAXI SERVICE: A TRIP Mi TAXI SERVICE: GREAT HISTORY, SOLID FUTURE


The borough of Nuneaton and Bedworth, known for coal mining, brewing, engineering and ribbon weaving is also fortunate to be serviced by NPHTA member, Mi Taxis, one of the longest established, pioneering


family-run passenger transport companies in the UK. THE EARLY YEARS


Mi Taxis has a wonderful and unique history spanning nearly 70 years. The company was started by Mick Igoe in 1954. Mick was a hard-working and resilient entrepreneur who sadly lost a leg at the age of 17 but was determined to drive and had a Morris Minor car adapted with hand controls.


Initially a friend wanted to pay Mick to give him a lift from his home to a nearby village but Mick refused the money. However, when the friend asked Mick to take him again and insisted on paying him for his time and petrol, Mick realised he could set up a business offering a transport service to and from local villages - and the rest, as they say, is history!


Mick approached the local council to apply for a hackney carriage licence, but was declined, because he was classed as disabled. However, he persisted with his plan, took and passed the police driving ability test and was ultimately granted a licence.


The firm’s fleet grew gradually: Mick’s car was the first, then he bought another vehicle which his brother Wilf drove. After a while two more vehicles were purchased; his wife Jean plus good friends Carol and Margaret drove days, making a formidable female contingent of drivers for the company whilst, Mick, his brother and two other men, drove nights - this was after Mick had completed a full day’s work at Wickman’s engin- eering factory in Coventry!


Mi vehicles at a wedding in the 1950s 56


Jean Igoe and friends outside the Nuneaton Council office in the 60s


One of the old offices in the 1980s


Mick and Jean Igoe in the 1990s


NEVER BACKWARD AT LOOKING FORWARD


Mick Igoe was an innovator in an age when the taxi trade in the provinces was still in its infancy. The firm’s bookings were initially taken by pen and paper but they advanced to radio- controlled vehicles by the early seventies. This helped Mi Taxis quickly grow to become the largest firm in the region resulting in a waiting list of drivers who wanted to join the circuit.


The Queen and Prince Philip visiting Metrocab’s factory in the 80s


Mick was also good friends with a director at Metrocab, Jeff Chater, and due to his own personal experience with disability was able to offer invaluable advice on accessib- ility and comfort


for disabled passengers in the design of the Metrocab Taxi, a vehicle of which both he, and as we also know Prince Philip, were very fond.


ENTER THE CURRENT CEO


Mick’s son John was involved with the firm from a very early age: he began by wash- ing the company’s taxis when he was just seven years old, and was paid a ‘wage’ in shillings and pence. “I grew up with it,” John told PHTM. “As a teenager I used to answer calls and distribute business cards in telephone boxes and to local clubs and pubs.”


John Igoe answering the telephones age 12


AUGUST 2021


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