veezu has recently partnered with Bath Spa University to launch the latest of our Safe Taxi Scheme’s across the city of Bath. The University are the sixth partner to collaborate with us on the scheme to ensure that all university students can get home safely after a night out, even if they don’t have the cash to pay at the time.
Our Safe Taxi Scheme has been running successfully since it was first launched in Leeds more than 25 years ago. We now run the scheme at Cardiff University and Cardiff Metropolitan, through Dragon Taxis; the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University, via Amber Cars; Bristol University and now Bath Spa University, through our newest brand, V Cars.
Bath Spa’s Safe Taxi Scheme is to be used in emergency situations, between the hours of 9pm and 3am, seven days a week. The scheme allows students to book a taxi journey for up to four passengers, to the value of £20, even if they don’t have enough money for the fare.
Under each scheme, local students can call V Cars main switchboard and quote the relevant Safe Taxi Scheme to book, a car will be sent as a matter of priority with the student needing to present a valid student card as proof of ID. The chosen drop-off point must be a student residential address, halls of residence, police station or hospital. Students then have 48 hours to settle the bill at the Student Union, with members of the union team available to offer support and advice.
Bath Spa University chose to partner with V Cars based on the taxi firm’s positive reputation in the city, along with the experience of our similar schemes operating in other parts of the UK.
Enya-Jayne Battersby, Students’ Union Vice President for Community said: “We are proud to have launched the Safe Taxi Scheme with V Cars, which has been introduced to ensure students’ safety. It will give them access to emergency travel when they are concerned for their own, or their friends’, safety.”
General manager of V Cars, Chris Neary, said; “We are delighted to be able to provide this service to students of Bath Spa University, as part of our commitment to ensuring safe travel right across the city. Our experience of operating similar schemes in other parts of the UK has been extremely positive and gives students and their families the peace of mind to know that it is there if needed.”