There are many taxi providers to select from nowadays, however a British man has cornered the market on the subject of “heavy” lifts. Merlin Batchelor rumbles down the streets of Norwich, England in a “tank taxi.”
It might not have the smoothest journey, but it surely offers “pure entertainment. As you drive along the street, there’s so many people smiling, laughing, pointing,” Batchelor says.
And it is not really a tank.
“Technically it isn’t — it’s an armored personnel carrier,” Batchelor says. However “tank taxi” simply rolls of the tongue higher and they give the impression of being related.
Batchelor purchased it on-line “as you do with everything these days,” he says. The acquisition and repairs set him again about $35,000.
Then requests for rides began rolling in.
“First, I had neighbors, then friends asking, then friends of friends, and then people I didn’t even know asking me can I take them to, mainly asking about proms,” says Batchelor.
That led to Batchelor’s new facet hustle: For a couple of $1,000 a visit, he chauffeurs for weddings and even funerals.
For one couple, there was no query how they’d arrive on their large day. “When your neighbor buys a tank and your other half spends most of his time with that tank, it’s inevitable that you’re going to your wedding in a tank,” beamed the bride.
Batchelor is barely licensed to hold passengers for weddings and funerals. The daddy of 4 hopes to get one other allow to do extra occasions like proms and birthday events.