Grant Scannell

Rank pulled on cab permits

By PHILIP CHANDLER Financially-struggling cabbies are up in arms over Queenstown’s council renewing $500-a-cab permits they believe are worthless. Council last year introduced the 12-month permits to try to clean up the industry after concerns over the antics of many independent cabbies. Local...
By HUGH COLLINS Despite a four-week national lockdown, many drivers for Queenstown Taxis will be keeping their ranks, so to speak. Given the bulk of the company's drivers are operating as part-owners of the company, or shareholders, most will be taking...

Lime squeeze

As Queenstowners put the boot into Lime scooters on social media, the resort's chamber of commerce boss warns an "ill-conceived" trial could set back a badly-needed transition to other modes of transport. Anna Mickell says the chamber's not opposed to...
Grant Scannell's decided to chuck his hat in the ring for this year's local body elections – and says he'll have to learn how to be "PC" if he's elected as a councillor. Scannell, 49, thought about standing in 2016...

Cab Wild West

Queenstown has become "the Wild West of the taxi industry" since rules were relaxed in October, New Zealand's taxi boss says. More than 40 cabs have joined local ranks in the past six months and national taxi federation head honcho John...

Cab call on $2 buses

A Queenstown cab firm's making an 11th-hour bid to shake up the $2 bus plan. Queenstown Taxis boss Grant Scannell wants talks with Otago Regional Council and Queenstown's council about cabs covering part of the route. "We see we could offer a...

Airport fees hike

Queenstown Airport is hiking commercial pick-up and drop-off fees - but doesn't want to talk about it. Right now the airport charges $3.45 for a pick-up. But from next Thursday, Mountain Scene understands the airport will charge $8.05 for pick-ups as well...
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