A new ‘ride now pay later’ scheme has been launched across participating universities, with Bath Spa being the latest installment, to ensure students are able to get home safely regardless of whether they have the funds to pay for the fare on them.
Bath have followed suit after the service was recently launched in Cardiff, Bristol, Sheffield and Leeds - where it's said to be a success.
The service is a collaboration between V Cars and Bath Spa University whose focus is to ensure safe travel for students by allowing them up to 48 hours after the journey to pay.
The 'Bath Spa Safe Taxi Scheme' will operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and allow students from participating universities to book a cab journey for up to four passengers, to the value of £20 even without the funds.
All destinations booked through the service must be either a student residential address, halls of residence, police station or hospital.
All passengers must also have a valid student card as proof of ID before they can ride.
Sarah Joyce, general manager of V Cars Bristol and Bath, said: “Starting university and moving to a new area on your own can be daunting.
“Freshers, some of whom may never have been to Bath or Bristol before, are finding their feet and their way around.
“We’re here, if they find themselves a bit lost without having to worry about having enough change on them or searching for a cash machine.
"Our emergency service will ensure they get home safe and they can settle their bill with their SU over the next few days.”
By phoning 01225 464646 and quoting ‘Bath Spa Safe Taxi Scheme’ a vehicle will be sent to stranded students as a matter of priority.
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