Safe taxi scheme for Bath students

Bath Spa University Students’ Union has partnered with the city’s V Cars taxi firm to ensure that its students can get home safely after a night out.

V Cars will operate the Students’ Union’s Safe Taxi Scheme, which is to be used in emergency situations, between the hours of 9:00pm and 3:00am, 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 do not have enough money for the fare.

Students can call the main V Cars number – 01225 46 46 46 – and quote “Bath Spa Safe Taxi Scheme” to book and then 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 Students’ Union, while the University’s Student Support team will be on hand to offer support and advice.

The University chose to partner with V Cars based on the taxi firm’s positive reputation in the city. 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’ welfare. It will give them access to emergency travel when they are concerned for their own, or their friends’, safety.”

Chris Neary, V Cars General Manager added: “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.”

To find out more, visit the Safe Taxi Scheme section of the Bath Spa University Students’ Union website.