'A bit of a break': Time for a change for hire car service

ENOUGH: After nearly 10 years, Brian Griffiths and Kim Coleman are calling it a day on their weekend hire car service.
ENOUGH: After nearly 10 years, Brian Griffiths and Kim Coleman are calling it a day on their weekend hire car service.

OBERON Hire Car and Minibus Services owners Kim Coleman and Brian Griffiths are changing their hours of operation.

After 10 years of service to the Oberon community, they have decided to scale down their hire car services.

"We will no longer be working the hire car service on the weekends," Mr Griffiths said.

"It's not practical. After offering a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week service for many years, we are cutting back.

"It's not worth hiring someone to do the job - some weekends it can be quiet and the service is not being utilised.

"We've informed the clubs and pubs, so now it is up to them whether they provide another alternative for their patrons."

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Mr Griffiths said they have commitments through the week, but will still operate the hire care service Monday to Thursday from 9am to 4pm and then 6pm to 11pm, and Fridays from 9am to 4pm.

"Our weekday service is still available and we are still busy transporting people to doctor appointments or to the main street to do their shopping," he said.

Mr Griffiths said the bus hire service is busy with school excursions, group outings and weddings.

"We've had the hire car business for sale for quite a while, but all inquiries have not followed through with us selling the business," he said.

Oberon RSL Club manager Peter Price said they are looking at doing something to cater for patrons.

"We are in discussions with club directors and working on what are the best options for us," Mr Price said.

Royal Hotel manager Amber O'Bernier said it will affect business and they are looking at other options.

"If we implement a bus service, that means more cost and more staff," she said.

"It's bad timing. We are currently in the process of huge renovations at the hotel and we haven't budgeted for any extra staff or services."

Mr Griffiths said there is a demand for a weekend hire car service and a lot of people are going to be put out - "especially those living out of town".

"Maybe others can provide a service, but for now, Kim and myself will enjoy a bit of a break from working long hours seven days a week."