As a new academic year begins and thousands of students arrive in the South West, V Cars has pledged to support university students in Bristol with its Safe Taxi Scheme.

Working in collaboration with the Students’ Union at Bristol University, the Safe Taxi Scheme ensures 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.

The taxi firm, part of the Veezu Group, offers the service to students at participating universities seven days a week, allowing them to book a journey to the value of £20, and pay via their Student Union within 48 hours.

By phoning 01179 252626, quoting ‘Bristol University Safe Taxi Scheme’ and having a valid student card as proof of ID, a vehicle will be sent to stranded students as a matter of priority. The end location must be a student residential address, halls of residence, police station or hospital. Members of the Student Union are fully trained to offer support and advice about the service and take payment.

Kane Wollen, General Manager at V Cars, said: “Moving to a new area and starting university can be daunting, even more so for Freshers this year who are beginning their higher education experience in unusual circumstances.

“We are here as students in Bristol find their feet; our emergency service will ensure they get home safe without worry over finding the fare. Our precautionary safety and hygiene measures against Covid-19 will also provide students with peace of mind that their journey will be as safe as possible.”

Ifrah Farooq, Union Affairs Officer at Bristol University, said: “We have successfully partnered with V Cars during Freshers’ Weeks pre-pandemic, to offer every reassurance to our new students. It is an initiative which focuses on student welfare, and we will continue to support schemes like it in any way we can.”

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