New taxi ‘super firm’ recruiting 100 drivers across Black Country
Taxi drivers are urgently needed across the Black Country as two companies prepare to merge together in a bid to take on Uber.
It was recently revealed that 24 7 Cars and ABC Cars plan to join together to create a 'super firm' of 700 taxis.
And as preparations get underway, 24 7 Cars has planned a recruitment day to sign up 100 new drivers for the firm.
Company director Shahzad Ali said there was a 'greater need and demand' for efficient and reliable taxi service across the Black Country.
He said: "Taxi drivers play a fundamental role in their community, they take the public to their hospital appointments, the school run and everything in-between. It is a rewarding and fulfilling job where you are your own boss.
"As a company we are investing in the training and development of our drivers and are striving to achieve professional levels.
"We have also invested in our customer service centre and technology systems to achieve and deliver a world class customer service.
"We are currently doing about 50,000 journeys a week all around the West Midlands, there is enough demand to double that if we get enough drivers."
24 7 Cars is an independently-owned company but if it merged with ABC Cars would operate under a new name and base, serving Willenhall, Darlaston, Bilston, Wolverhampton, Bloxwich and Walsall.
If the merger goes ahead it is thought that the new business would be one of the biggest 20 private hire firms in the country.
Bosses have said the move would involve a ‘total revamp’ of both companies, with new purpose-built offices under consideration. Both 24 7 and ABC currently have around 300 licensed cars each on the road.
Uber, which allows people to use a mobile phone app to book a taxi, launched in Wolverhampton, Dudley and Walsall in 2016.
All applicants must be 25 years old or above, have had a driving licence for two years, pass police checks and medical, while also having a good knowledge of the area.
The recruitment day will be on Wednesday, August 15 from 10am to 5pm at the Village Hotel, Tempus Drive in Walsall.