Taxi Scheme Helping Keep Students Safe
Students at Glasgow’s universities can now use their matriculation card in taxis when they can’t afford the fare.
The Safe Taxi Scheme is a partnership between Glasgow Taxis and the University of Strathclyde, and was created to keep students safe when out at night. Students can use their matriculation card in Glasgow Taxis and pay the taxi fare the next day at their student union.
Stephen Flynn, chairman of Glasgow Taxis, said: “Our Safe Taxi Scheme has proved popular with students of all three of Glasgow’s universities since we first launched it in the summer of 2015.
“The Safe Taxi Scheme had been in use in Manchester, Cardiff and Liverpool when we were approached by the University of Strathclyde to see if we would consider operating something similar in Glasgow, and within a few weeks we had it up and running.”
Scotland adopted the Safe Taxi scheme after the disappearance of Stirling University student, David O’Halloran, who was ejected from a taxi mid-way back to his accommodation because he could not afford the fare. His body was later found above Bridge of Allan on April 18, 2013.
Jessica Shenton, a Politics graduate from the University of Glasgow, used the Safe Taxi Scheme during her degree after a hospital visit when she only had her phone and student ID card.
Shenton said: “There are all sorts of reasons why you might get stuck and this is a crucial safety measure for students who are often young, new to the city or come from rural areas.”
“Our Safe Taxi Scheme has proved popular with students of all three of Glasgow’s universities since we first launched it in the summer of 2015″.-Stephen Flynn
For now, this service is only available for students. However, Flynn says there are “personal accounts where parents, for example, can sign up with their details to allow their children to travel safely with Glasgow Taxis, without worrying about payment.”
If students around Glasgow want to use the Safe Taxi scheme, they should ring 0141 429 7070. Students should quote “Strath1” to the phone operator if they attend the University of Strathclyde, “GCU1” if they go to Glasgow Caledonian University, or “GU1” for the University of Glasgow.