FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The former owner of a Fort St. John taxi company is aiming to come out of retirement to start up a new service and needs letters of support from the community.

Bernard Thompson’s eponymous taxi service ran for eight years until the company was transferred to the owner of Super Cabs in 2019.

Thompson mentioned some conditions in the agreement weren’t kept, but instead of taking it to court, he has decided to sweep it under the rug and start up a new company.

“33 per cent of my life has been driving taxi,” said Thompson. “I go downtown to buy food, and somebody says, ‘hey, we missed your taxi service. You were so good’. So I thought, well, I’ll pull myself out of retirement and do what I do best.”

Thompson is in the midst of the application process through the Passenger Transportation Board and needs support letters to be filled out by residents.

“You can’t just go to the board and say, I’m looking for a license. It doesn’t work that way. ”

Pre-made letters have been created by Thompson that asks for a signature, date, and a phone number. There is also a section on the letter for the signee to add a comment.

The letters can be picked up at Casey’s Pub, the Hair Bin, and Mr. Mike’s.

Thompson says he had around 500 letters of support in 2012 when he first started his company and is hoping to have around 800 filled out this time around.

Similar to his last company, Thompson wants to put his all into servicing the community.

“I’m not going to sit in my cab. I get out of my cab to help people with groceries. I am not a slouch.”