Rapid Cabs and Students’ Union team up for ‘Get Home Safe’ campaign

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"This scheme makes Waterford a more attractive place to both students and parents as it provides a peace of mind knowing there is always the option to pay later!"

The message to WIT students is don't walk home alone and the Rapid Cabs/WITSU collaboration offers a safe option for students who have no cash on them

Now in its third year, Rapid Cabs and the WIT Students’ Union want to reiterate their message to students starting their academic year, “Don’t walk home alone”.

Rapid Cabs CEO Eric O’Brien, explains the importance of this message to students, “In our industry we see it all. Being safe when out at night comes down to making smart decisions. That is why messages like this are so important. It seems obvious not to walk home alone but when you are out and have no money, you do not think you have a choice. Now you do.

The arrangement is designed with the saftey of students who are out for the evening, and have run out of money, in mind. Students can get a taxi with Rapid Cabs rather than walking home on their own once they leave their WITCard with Rapid Cabs and pay the fare when they collect it the next day.

Safe home

“Waterford City does not differ from any large urban environment, it is no safer or more dangerous that any third level city, but people need to plan their night out, and that includes getting home”.

John Fortune, WITSU President endorses this new initiative, “WIT Students’ Union are delighted to once again, work with Rapid Cabs to ensure that all WIT students have a safe way to get home whether it be day or night time. With this scheme our students can exchange their student card for the taxi ride and then pick up their card when paying for the ride in the following days. This scheme makes Waterford a more attractive place to both students and parents as it provides a peace of mind knowing there is always the option to pay later!"

The ‘Safe Home Scheme’ is now in place and will be promoted through-out the Institute campus and on local radio.

Award nomination for scheme

The scheme was nominated by Purple Flag Waterford and achieved runner up in the Best Safety, Security and Resilience Scheme at the International ATCM awards held in Camden Town, London on the 26 June, 2019. WIT, Rapid Cabs and Purple Flag Waterford are actively promoting the scheme throughout the city

Rapid Cabs is a licensed taxi dispatch operator by the National Transport Authority and all of its drivers are fully Garda vetted, insured and licensed. Open and accessible 24 hours a day 365 days a year, Rapid Cabs has a computerised booking dispatch system from its local taxi call centre and has installed in-car driver devices in all of its taxis to ensure as such efficiency as possible.

Its App is available for free on Apple and Android and it's also possible to book online via Messenger.


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