5 responses to Forty Years of Driving The Amish in Lancaster County
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    Carl Oliver
    Comment on Amish Taxi (June 23rd, 2015 at 08:22)

    Amish Taxi

    My father-in-law is a van driver for the Amish here in Buchanan County, Iowa. He really loves it. Most work days he drives for a construction crew and he even bought a truck to be able to pull a covered trailer containing all their tools. He drives them to the job site in the morning and picks them up in the evening. If the job is close to home, he goes on other local taxi runs until the crew needs their ride home for the day. If it is too far away for that to be practical he usually hires on to the construction crew for the day.

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    Barb Zimmerman
    Comment on Common Practice in Northern Indiana (June 23rd, 2015 at 12:13)

    Common Practice in Northern Indiana

    This has been going on all my life (62 years). I remember my old neighbor man used to give rides to Amish friends around Elkhart and Kosciusko counties. I’m not sure what current rates are, but I would not be surprised to hear it was at least $20 to go even the shortest distance to a local store.

    It is very common to see a van-load of Amish pull up to Wal-Mart or a local grocery store. I know some people haul Amish to sales or out-of-state family gatherings, too. One of my friends gets several jobs pulling trailers, etc. to other states for Amish. Amish have to provide their own car seats for kids and pay for them, too.

    As to licenses or permits, Indiana really doesn’t press this. I suppose the chauffeur’s license is required (especially for insurance coverage), but just transporting neighbors is pretty lenient. Probably those with the big vans have to have chauffeur’s license to qualify as a business, but I suspect a lot of under-the-table operations. Insurance companies are probably more involved than the state.

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    Comment on Giving rides to the Amish (June 29th, 2015 at 19:06)

    Giving rides to the Amish

    We have friends who regularly drive Amish (here in southern York County, PA) where they need to go. One friend was treated to supper at a local restaurant by her Amish friend as a Thank You for taking him to work each day.

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