Greg, who is now 68 and lives in Oldbury, was aged 22 when he became a licensed TOA Taxi driver in 1967. Back then, the licensing fee was half a crown (the equivalent of one eighth of a pound or 12.5 pence)compared to the current licensing fee which is around £250 per year for the driver and vehicle. Road tax was around £12 per year in 1972 when Greg bought his first taxi; an Austin, at age 30. When Greg first started, there were only 175 black cabs in Birmingham – there are now around 1400 black cabs.
Throughout his years as a taxi driver, Greg has dealt with all kinds of incidents such as a heart attack victim (whose life Greg helped to save by rushing the passenger to hospital) he has served BAFTA Award winning actor, Edward Fox, and has had jobs to Buckingham Palace. Greg has fond memories of his time as a taxi driver and still holds dear his original Birmingham Hackney Carriage Driver’s badge from 1967, his Bye-Laws Handbook (also from 1967) as well as memorable photos taken throughout his career as a taxi driver. Now retired at the age of 68, Greg intends to enjoy his golden years.
“I am going to have a good rest for the time being, but the wife says she has plenty of jobs lined up for me around the house and garden. I have no regrets and have enjoyed every last minute of taking the good people of Birmingham around this great City.” Greg Caulwell