City releases vehicle for hire survey results

By Josh Hall (Twitter: @Vancan19)
February 7, 2018 - 11:37am Updated: February 7, 2018 - 12:46pm

Results are in from a survey conducted by The City of Red Deer as they work toward a new vehicle for hire bylaw.

Important factors highlighted by the answers received last summer were safety, cost and availability.

The survey followed a resolution from city council last July to implement a regional consultation process acknowledging both regional needs and the increasing use of taxis and other vehicle for hire companies.

The City says 332 people from the region took part in the survey.

Taxi services were shown as the most utilized vehicle for hire service, with 45 per cent of respondants saying they take a cab once a month. About 57 per cent indicated they use vehicle for hire services to avoid driving impaired, 47 per cent said they use them for personal reasons.

Seventy-five per cent said they use vehicle for hire services in Red Deer, 26 per cent in Red Deer County, 24 per cent in Gasoline Alley specifically, and 20 per cent in Sylvan Lake.

The information gathered through the survey will inform further planning and consultations which are slated to take place between February and May 2018. City council will revisit the proposed bylaw later this year.

Full survey results available at The City of Red Deer website.

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