As Freshers’ Week begins and thousands of students arrive in Leeds, Amber Cars has pledged to support university students throughout the academic year with its Safe Taxi Scheme.
Working in collaboration with the Students’ Unions at both Leeds University and Leeds Beckett University, the Safe Taxi Scheme ensures that all students can get a lift home after a night out, even if they don’t have any money for the fare on them.
Amber cars, part of the Veezu Group, was also one of the first transport companies to introduce additional measures this year to make journeys as safe as possible for both passengers and driver-partners. The measures, designed to mitigate the spread of coronavirus, include specialist cleaning regimes, in-vehicle protective screens, the wearing of face coverings and passengers sitting in the rear of the vehicle.
During the hours of darkness, seven days a week, students from the participating universities can book a taxi journey by phoning 0113 202 2117, quoting either ‘Leeds University Safe Taxi Scheme’ or ‘Leeds Beckett University Safe Taxi Scheme’ and having a valid student card as proof of ID, a vehicle will be sent to stranded students as a matter of priority. Once the student reaches their destination, they should hand over their Student ID card to their driver who will take it to the Amber Cars office. Amber Cars will then return the card to the Students’ Union within 72, where the student can pick it up and settle their fee. Members of each Student Union are fully trained to offer support and advice about the service and take payment.
Chris Neary, Regional Director of Amber Cars, said: “Moving to a new area and starting university can be daunting, even more so for Freshers this year who are beginning their higher education experience in unusual circumstances.
“We are here as students in Leeds find their feet; our emergency service will ensure they get home safe without worry over finding the fare. Our precautionary measures against Covid-19 will also provide students with peace of mind that their journey will be as safe as possible.”