Taxi card trial aimed at late-night revellers
A new taxi card offering affordable fixed-rate fares from the city centre on Friday and Saturday nights is now available at selected bars and restaurants.
The Ride Safe card is a joint travel initiative between Auckland Council, Co-Op Taxis and ACC, and supported by Hospitality NZ. The purpose of the card is to provide an additional latenight transport option for people to get home from the city centre safely and more affordably.
The taxi scheme is a project of the mayoral taskforce on Alcohol and Community Safety. The taskforce has resulted in liquor ban breaches and other anti-social incidents in the city centre falling by 50 per cent.
It has also resulted in more than 90 per cent of off-licence outlets in the area voluntarily withdrawing single serve drinks from sale.
‘‘I want Aucklanders and visitors alike to have an entertaining and safe time in the city centre’s great restaurants and bars,’’ mayor Len Brown says.
‘‘Ride Safe is just another initiative to ensure people can enjoy themselves and get home safely at the end of the evening.’’
The card offers fixedrate fares from the Auckland Co-Op Taxi rank on Galway Street, Britomart to anywhere in Auckland on Friday and Saturday nights between 10pm and 6am the following morning.
The card is available for free from 29 bars and restaurants at Britomart and Viaduct Harbour.
A full list of locations is available at auckland council.govt.nz by searching ‘ride safe’.
Seven fixed-rate zones are offered on the card, with fares ranging from $22 to city fringe suburbs to $130 for travel to Gulf Harbour, Helensville, Pukekohe and Whangaparoa.
A full list of the zones and suburbs is also available at aucklandcouncil.govt.nz by searching ‘ride safe’.
When entering a taxi, passengers will use a Ride Safe card to activate the fixed fare so they know the exact cost of their journey.
The Ride Safe initiative is initially being trialled for three months.