Bath Spa University Students’ Union teams up with V Cars to launch safe taxi scheme

February 8, 2019

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

V Cars will operate the Students’ Union’s Safe Taxi Scheme, which can be used in emergencies between 9pm and 3am seven days a week.

The scheme allows students to book a taxi for up to four passengers to the value of £20, even if they do not have enough money for the fare.

Students at the university, which has around 7,000 students, can call the main V Cars number 01225 464646 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 V Cars, which covers Bristol, Chippenham and Swindon as well as Bath, based on its positive reputation.

Students’ Union vice-president for community Enya-Jayne Battersby 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.”

V Cars general manager Chris Neary 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.”

Pictured: Bath Spa Students’ Union vice-president for community Enya-Jayne Battersby with V Cars general manager Chris Neary

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