How are we qualified to transport passengers?
In Hillsborough County, before you are legally able to transport passengers as a business you must get approved by the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission (HTPTC). This is a minimum 60 day process of review. The final review is held as a public hearing in front of the County Commisioners.
Not Your Mother's Taxi's certificate and permits were approved by the HCPTC at its 3/20/12 meeting. Our vehicles carry stickers on the front and back windows showing proof of this registration. This permitting is renewed on a yearly basis.
In addition to getting our permits, all drivers must be finger printed, undergo an FBI criminal background check and their driver record will be checked by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. When this process is complete, the driver's application then gets approved and the HTPC will issued a license he must wear when transporting passengers.
All drivers are tested before they begin employment for drugs and alcohol. Once employed they are randomly tested as part of our Drug and Alcohol program.
Our 3 shuttles are Mercedes, 14 passenger mini buses. Each passenger seat has a seat belt for safety. Department of Transportation requires not only a daily safety inspection of the vehicle by the driver before operating the vehicle, but also a yearly vehicle inspection for all safety items, including suspension, tires, lights, brakes and steering mechanisms. Over 50 items are inspected.
Roger Cleworth -Owner
- Age 52
- Resident of FishHawk Trails for 10 years
- Married with 3 children ages 16, 17 and 26
- Graduated from Florida State University in '82
- First received commercial truck driving license in 1993. Has experience hauling hazardous waste and gasoline tankers.
- Has held several positions on the Bevis PTA
- Delivers Meals On Wheels every Tuesday at St. Andrews Church
- Volunteers over 70 hours per year in website work for non profit organizations.
- Lives in Fishhawk Trails
- Sailing- Memeber of the US Sailing Team 2002-2010
- Bicycling- Completed Cross Country bicycle trip in 2011 from Seattle, WA to Newport, RI
- Website- Started a website design company in 1997 called Chippers of Brandon and continues to own it.
- Camping/Rving- Owns a 40 foot motor home and loves to drive it to places like Maine, Yellow Stone, Colorado, Tennessee.
Resident of the Lithia area for a year (Florida since '09 in Riverview and Valrico as well)
Divorced Father of 5. 4 girls 12,10,4,3 and a new baby boy!
Attended Northern Virginia Community College studied in Aviation Technology.
I have been a driver for a major logistics company for the past year, 6 years total with the company to include working their flight line as well. I have worked mainly in the airline industry driving a wide variety of equipment for 18 years.
Community Activities: I attend The Crossing Church. Previous to there, I attended Bay Life here in Brandon, as well as Park Valley in Haymarket Virginia where I was a part of the children's ministry.
Hobbies: I enjoy reading, mainly military history, biographies.
Cooking, coming from a good size family (Oldest of 4 with 3 younger sisters) we all were encouraged to cook and help our Mom.
Music, played percussion from 4th grade until I graduated. Sky is the limit on styles I listen too.
Playing hold'em. There is a long story behind this, but I enjoy all the elements the game brings. It is my golf.
Did You Know?
In 1969, 48 percent of children 5 to 14 years of age walked or bicycled to school. [info]
In 2009, 13 percent of children 5 to 14 years of age walked or bicycled to school.
The circumstances that have led to a decline in walking and bicycling to school did not happen overnight and have created a self-perpetuating cycle. As motor vehicle traffic increases, parents become more convinced that it is unsafe for their children to walk or bicycle to school. They begin driving them to school, thereby adding even more traffic to the road and sustaining the cycle.
Many factors contribute to the reduction in children walking and bicycling to school. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention conducted a nationwide survey of parents to find out the most common barriers that prevented them from allowing their children to walk to school. 1,588 adults answered questions about barriers to walking to school for their youngest child aged 5 to 18 years. Parents cited one or more of the following six reasons:
|Barrier [info]||Percentage of parents identifying with the barrier|
|Distance to school:||61.5|
|Opposing school policy:||6.0|
|Other reasons (not identified):||15.0|