Veezu - a UK-wide company who run taxis in Swindon - has pledged to support Bath and Bristol university students throughout the academic year.
For this scheme, Veezu will be working in collaboration with the Students’ Unions at Bristol University, Bath University, and Bath Spa University.
The Safe Taxi Scheme aims to ensure that all students can get a lift home after a night out, even if they don’t have any money for the fare on them.
24 hours a day, seven days a week, students from the participating universities will be able to book a taxi journey with Veezu, (previously known as V Cars), to the value of £20, and pay via their Student Union within 48 hours.
A spokesperson for Veezu said: "By phoning 01179 262626 (Bristol) or 01225 464646 (Bath), quoting either ‘Bristol University Safe Ride Scheme’, ‘Bath University Safe Ride Scheme’ or ‘Bath Spa University Safe Ride Scheme’ and as long as they have a valid student card as proof of ID, a vehicle will be sent to stranded students as a matter of priority."
The taxi service team say the end location must be a student residential address, halls of residence, police station or hospital. Veezu added that members of each Student Union are fully trained to offer support and advice about the service and take payment.
Jack Price, Regional Director, said: “Moving to a new area and starting university can be daunting, so we are here to support students in Bristol and Bath as they find their feet; our emergency service will ensure they get home safe without worry over finding the fare.”