21 Feb Driver in the Spotlight | Myles Grant
Myles Grant is one of Black & White Cabs’ & Queensland’s top taxi drivers.
We sat down with Myles to learn more about what makes him tick – both on the job and in his personal life.
Introducing, ‘Myles James Andrew Grant’. A Kiwi, with a Polish background, living in Australia, married to a woman that can speak fluent German. Phew!
Myles was born and lived the early parts of his life in Gisborne, New Zealand – which is on the East Coast of the North Island. For the trivia buffs amongst us, or those chasing the best sunrise in the world, Gisborne is the first city in the world to see the sun each day!
In 1979, with aspirations to work in the oil and petrol industry, Myles moved to Australia and took a job with Santos Petroleum in Western Australia. This role led Myles to travel the world and work in places like Singapore, England, Africa and Germany.
After dabbling in a fast food business, Myles began driving taxis with Black & White Cabs in 2000.
“Driving a taxi really grew on me quickly! I needed a job, so thought I’d give taxi driving a go and I just fell in love with it. I ended up owning a taxi at one point,” Myles explained.
One of Myles’ fondest memories of driving a taxi is when he was waiting at the airport one day when a tall, stocky gentlemen with a thick moustache approached his taxi.
“He walked over to my window and said, ‘where do I find a taxi to the Gold Coast?’ I smiled and said, “look no further!””, Myles remembered.
“Halfway to the Gold Coast the fan belt on my car broke. Luckily, I had a spare one in my car. So, here I am on the side of the highway fixing my fan belt and the passenger helped me through all of it!”
That big, stocky gentlemen with a thick moustache was none-other than ex-Australian cricketer, Merv Hughes. Myles tells us that Merv was on the way to a guest speaking gig on the Gold Coast – now he had an extra story to tell!
“I’d love to catch up with Merv again and reminisce over that experience. He couldn’t have been more helpful and wasn’t upset by the delay at all,” Myles said.
When it comes to driving taxis in 2020, Myles prides himself on the service he provides customers. He argues that the job is all about making your passengers feel relaxed and comfortable in your taxi. The rest will come.
Myles offers the following advice to anyone starting out in the industry:
“The people you meet in this job are fantastic. Be courteous. Dress nicely. Open and close doors for passengers. Help the elderly. Go the extra level to make your customer feel wanted and appreciated.”
MORE ABOUT MYLES GRANT
Do you have any favourite quotes or mottos you live by?
““Your past is not your potential” is my all-time favourite quote. It really rings true to me and I have always believed in it – you can always better yourself!”
What is your favourite pastime?
“I love rugby, I suppose that comes with being a Kiwi. I played to a pretty high standard back in my day and played with some special players along the way. I am also a big believer that team sport sets you up for life and creates lifelong friends.”
What would you do if you won the lottery?
“I’d probably buy a taxi licence again. I am committed to improving the taxi industry, so I want to stay involved as long as possible.”
If you could choose to stay a certain age, what age would that be?
“Definitely somewhere in my 40’s. At that age, people take you seriously because you are more mature. There is too much drinking and carrying on in your younger years. I remember when I went to Oktoberfest in Munich one year. I drank for a week straight and it took me two weeks to recover.”
Where is the one place in the world you have always wanted to go to and why?
“Well, I’ve been there before, but I’d go back to Las Vegas. Last time I was there they were bringing me margaritas non-stop! I also went to a bookstore where the owner walked around completely naked. Only in America!”
Thanks to Myles Grant for taking the time to sit down with us for this interview. Congratulations on your success in the industry so far and we can’t wait to see what 2020 holds for you!
– Black & White Cabs 🙂