More options for people planning a festive season night out
More taxis will be available this festive season but people should still plan their way home in advance, Transport Minister Simon O’Brien said today.
Mr O’Brien said 735 new taxi drivers had been licensed since last year - an increase of about 230 taxis.
“More drivers mean more taxis are on the road longer to meet the increased demand,” he said.
“Peak period taxis will also run extended hours during the festive season to maximise the number of taxis operating.
“In addition, on New Year's Eve, Transperth train services will operate until about 5am, offering added travel options for those having a big night out.”
The Minister also reinforced that safety for passengers and drivers was vitally important over the holidays.
“Physical or verbal abuse towards drivers of taxis or public transport will not be tolerated,” he said.
“When catching a bus, train, ferry or taxi, drivers must be treated with courtesy and respect.
“Just as passengers want to get home safely to their families this festive season, so do drivers.”
Mr O’Brien said a ‘Plan Your Night’ public awareness campaign was helping highlight people’s transport options over the holiday season.
“It is important people plan their transport options home in advance because taking a few minutes before going out can save a lot of time at the end of your night,” he said.
For a range of travel options this holiday season, visit http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au, http://www.transperth.wa.gov.au or call the Transperth InfoLine on 13 62 13 (TTY: 9428 1999, TIS 13 14 59).