The Seat Toledo. Not a top of the range limousine by any means. Just an honest and reliable mid sized family car that handles the task of being a taxi in Melrose and further afield very well.
It has a large boot and enough space for four average sized passengers, although I do concede that the rear middle seat would soon lose some appeal on a longer journey.
Jim has been in the Scottish Borders taxi trade since 1987 and has during that time seen the best and worst of the job. The endless hours sitting on a rank doing little or nothing no longer hold any appeal.
As a locally based Melrose taxi operator and determined to achieve a healthier work and life balance his efforts are now aimed at giving the best value. For you, the discerning traveller, with cost effective pre-booked longer distance transportation services.
Best value does not equal being the cheapest, though sometimes it may turn out that is the case.
Best value means the best possible service provided at a fair price. A service you can truly rely on surely has some added value attached to it.
Not only available on the fixed price to the airport or rail station offered by many taxi operators. But by using a formula applied against the official metered fare cost saving is possible on any viable journey.
Definition of a viable journey? Melrose.
I am operating at my most efficient when the hire starts, ends or passes close to Melrose and it is then that I can offer the best savings over the standard taxi metered fare.
Public hire is taking a taxi from a rank or hailing one on the street when the standard charge is that shown on the meter. At a distance of 13 miles the official metered fare would already be reading £25 plus.
Private hire is ordering a car by other means and the operator is free to apply a booking charge if they so wish. I charge £25 in accepting a booking and this will cover a distance of up to 16 miles from my base. Quite simply this means that provided your journey passes within 3 miles of Melrose the gain is immediate.
The chart above shows that I start to be competitive on any fare £25 and above, with the proviso that the journey starts, ends or simply passes close to my base of operation. Profit margins are simply too tight for traveling unpaid miles.
Further afield you may initially lose some benefit, but as you can see from the graph the distance away from Melrose against the total distance to be traveled could still give a useful saving.
Any additional fare over the minimum £25 receives my standard discount on the balance. Rest assured that if I cannot match or beat the standard metered fare for your actual journey I shall decline to quote.
But then, just maybe, it is more important to yourself to benefit from the reliable service that has been proven over many a long year.
Example 1: Berwick-Upon-Tweed rail station to, or from, Melrose. Day time 1-4 passengers. Metered fare: £66.55 *.
Jim's Taxi to Melrose would quote £53.00.
Example 2: Lindisfarne, Holy Island to, or from, Melrose. Day time 1-4 passengers. Metered fare: £78.15 *.
Jim's Taxi to Melrose would quote £62.00.
Example 3: Melrose to Newcastle International Airport. Day time 1-4 passengers. Metered fare: £114.45 * which does not include the drop off charge.
Jim's Melrose Taxi would quote £92.50 inclusive.
* Source: AA route planner and Google maps used in conjunction with the official Scottish Borders taxi tariff sheet.
As you can see from the tariff sheet the official fare carries a surcharge of 25% for unsocial hours working. This is from 10pm until 6am next morning and any hire commenced during these hours are subject to the same rate for the full journey.
Jim's Melrose taxi will apply a 20% surcharge over his standard rate, but only for any journey that is both started and completed within these hours.
Best value combined with best practice.
Preferred method of contact is through the use of quotation form for booking or journey enquiries.
Once a quote request has been responded to it will come with my direct contact telephone number in order to allow for any further questions you may have.
Why do I operate in this fashion?
Every quotation is tailored to your request, and I could not begin to do so when behind the wheel.
Accurate pricing demands that I am sitting at my desk with access to the tools I need to achieve that result.
This form can be used to request a quote for any journey.
Competitive pricing can be assured when the journey starts, ends or passes through or close to Melrose.
For a Scottish Borders tour or multi stop journey.
Complete ALL sections including "List All Stops".
For an A to B journey for example going to an airport.
Complete ALL sections, excluding "List All Stops".
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Plan your journey. Local knowledge may prove very beneficial. For an instance if you arrive at Berwick-Upon-Tweed rail station intending to get a taxi to an address in Melrose, to which you have never before traveled, will that taxi sitting so conveniently on the rank suffice? Shall the driver know where Melrose is let alone an individual address? Will he be prepared to leave the town to take you there? And what will the cost be? Lots of questions to which you ought to know the answers.
Get various quotes. Competition rules after all, and it may be that a taxi operator not too far removed from along the shortest route between your departure and destination points may provide the best choice. Forward planning counts for a lot. Careful though, the cheapest price is no guarantee that you will receive the service you deserve to expect, look also for an operator known to deliver what is promised.
Very obvious, Know what your requirements are. Do not book a taxi for three passengers, and show up as a group of five. Do not forget to mention that little diversion you wish to take because one of the group are staying elsewhere, visiting Aunt Bessie's grave, or any other reasoning. The quote you received and accepted was for a pre-planned journey and if you change the plan expect the charging criteria to change.
Last but not least. Be prepared to pay in advance. Your plane, train or bus were all required to be paid in advance, so why not your taxi? After all the other named transport keep to a given time and route that may not always be at your convenience. A taxi however is at the time you specify, the journey you choose, and may have to travel many miles at some ungodly hour to fufill your contract so payment in advance please.