Taxi scheme allows fixed-rate rides

Last updated 15:53 20/12/2012

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Aucklanders on a night out will now be able to get a fixed-rate taxi so they can get home safely with a new taxi card developed by the Auckland Council, Co-Op taxis and ACC. 

The Ride Safe card, which will be available for free from 29 bars and restaurants at Britomart and Viaduct Harbour from tomorrow, will mean people can get fixed-rate fares from the Auckland Co-Op Taxi rank on Galway St, Britomart to anywhere in Auckland on Friday and Saturday nights between 10pm and 6am the following morning.

Seven fixed-rate zones will be offered on the card, with fares ranging from $22 for travel to city fringe suburbs to $130 for travel to Gulf Harbour, Helensville, Pukekohe and Whangaparoa.

When entering a taxi passengers will have to present their  Ride Safe card to activate the fixed fare.

The initiative is being trialled for three months.

The taxi scheme is a project of the Mayoral Taskforce on Alcohol and Community Safety.

The taskforce has already achieved a 50 per cent drop in liquor ban breaches and other anti-social incidents and has succesfully got more than 90 per cent of off-licence outlets in the area voluntarily withdrawing single serve drinks from sale.

Mayor Len Brown said Ride Safe was another initiative "to ensure people can enjoy themselves and get home safely at the end of the evening".

A full list of locations the card is available from and a list of the zones and suburbs the cards can be used for is at www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz.

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