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New Business Profile: Freedom Companion Driving Service

There when you need them – Milford, Takapuna and Northern East Coast Bays on the Shore!

Freedom Companion Drivers was established to address the growing need within our community for affordable, personalised transport and assistance for our senior citizens or people who are unable to drive themselves. The service is now available here on the Shore, managed by local couple Andrew and Vivienne Palmer.

"We provide a wonderfully safe, friendly and reliable alternative to taxi’s and other impersonal methods of transport," said Andrew enthusiastically, when explaining their service to Channel Mag during January. "Our aim is to make each outing very affordable, enjoyable and stress free by offering a ready smile, kind heart and the best experience possible for you or your loved one."
Andrew was drawn to the Freedom Companion Drivers business as he recognised the value of having the support of someone you can trust when your family or friends may not be available to be there.
"Freedom Companion Driving Service ticks all the boxes, but gaining the Franchise License was not easy," added Andrew. "It involved resitting my practical driving test, complying with NZTA regulations and P endorsement, as well as having a full Police Check. It was very thorough but of course that’s needed to ensure passengers safety and confidence."
Andrew’s wife Vivienne will join the business as it grows and they would like to introduce a Mobility vehicle to assist those with restricted mobility or who are confined to a wheelchair.
"We offer so much more than a simple pickup and drop off service. We are seen as a friend and enjoy the interaction, hearing people’s stories and helping them. Sometimes bookings involve driving people out for the day or to a social lunch or shopping, waiting and bringing them back."
Andrew realises that affordability is important and has kept prices as low as possible. This includes a standard rate of $65 one way to the Airport for drop offs and pickups for up to two people travelling together.
"I feel I have found my niche. There’s nothing more rewarding than helping people and providing an essential service in the Community. This is the best job!"

For more information contact:- Andrew Palmer, Freedom - Milford Takapuna and Northern East Coast Bays. Phone 489 9228 or 021 02992627.
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by Channel Editorial