Taxi card trial aimed at late-night rev­ellers

Central Leader - - NEWS -

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.

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