Avoiding drunk driving the top reason for taking a cab in Red Deer: Survey

Taxis are still the most commonly used vehicle for hire in Red Deer, despite the arrival of ride-sharing service Uber.

Results from a Survey Monkey poll conducted by the city indicates 69.30 per cent of Red Deerians use a local taxi services at least once a month. About 6 per cent of people said they use taxis daily.

The city conducted the poll as part of their planning and consultation behind a forthcoming vehicles for hire bylaw, which is due to be revamped this year.

The leading reason people choose to use a vehicle for hire is to avoid driving impaired, as 57.05 per cent of respondents said that was their motivation. Personal reasons were the second most common response as 47.96 per cent of people said they would also use a vehicle for that reason.

See related: City Surveys for taxi bylaws

Part of the new bylaw will look at the regional implications of vehicles for hire. The survey indicated that while 75.95 per cent of respondents use the services within Red Deer, 20.62 per cent use the services to travel to Sylvan Lake, 24.74 per cent use it to travel to Gasoline Alley, 19.93 per cent use it to travel to Blackfalds, 17.18 per cent use it to travel to Lacombe and 26.12 per cent use it to travel to Red Deer County.

According to the City of Red Deer, there will be more opportunities for the community to influence the bylaw. The consultation is expected to take place between February and May. The proposed bylaw should go before Red Deer City Council this Spring.

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