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Why Wait granted four taxi licences in Norfolk

By Monte Sonnenberg, Simcoe Reformer

Norfolk council this week licensed Why Wait Taxi and Delivery of Tillsonburg to operate four vehicles in the county. Co-owners of the firm are Chris Lafond, left, and Norman Proctor. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER

Norfolk council this week licensed Why Wait Taxi and Delivery of Tillsonburg to operate four vehicles in the county. Co-owners of the firm are Chris Lafond, left, and Norman Proctor. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER

DELHI, ON - 

Another player has entered the taxi market in west Norfolk.

Why Wait Taxi and Delivery of Tillsonburg was previously licensed to serve the county. However, for reasons unknown, the previous owner allowed these licences to lapse.

Why Wait has since found new owners. They are Norman Proctor and Chris Lafond. Proctor established the company about a decade ago but moved on to other work after selling his share.

Proctor and Lafond met while working at the Toyota plant in Woodstock. The pair purchased Why Wait when the company became available.

“I’ve come full circle,” Proctor said Wednesday. “I worked at Toyota for eight years. I guess that’s why some of our cars are Toyotas.”

Proctor and Lafond bought the company in January and have invested in new vehicles. Tuesday, Norfolk council granted four licences allowing them to operate in the county.

Proctor and Lafond didn’t set out to provide service in Norfolk. However, since the first of the year, they have received calls for service daily at Norfolk Mall and in Langton, Courtland and the Delhi area.

Proctor also owns On Time Delivery in Woodstock. There are seven vehicles in the Why Wait fleet and nearly a dozen drivers on staff. There are vans in the Why Wait fleet to take care of large deliveries.

“This is progress,” Mayor Charlie Luke said. “This is a business saying we’d like to come in and provide this service.”

Tuesday’s approval brings to eight the number of taxi companies licensed in Norfolk. The four licences bring to 28 the number of vehicles providing rides and delivery services in the county.

The licences granted Why Wait cost the firm $634. Why Wait plans to introduce 24-hour service in May.

MSonnenberg@postmedia.com