While I really don’t mind that my 22yr old son asks me to drive him around so that he doesn’t drive home after he’s been drinking — sign of a well-brought-up kid, and one of those times to be thankful that Canberra is so easy to get around — it did make me wonder why the need for this kind of service hasn’t been met.
This issue was discussed in posts in 2010, in the context of cars being ticketed on Saturday mornings after having been left there all night rather than drivers risking driving them home, but is there actually a Canberra service that will take you and your car home (and drop off your friends along the way)? If not, why not? These services operate in one of 2 ways: a driver turns up with a fold-away scooter, drives you and your car home, and then scoots off to the next client; or another driver drops off and picks up your driver. Such services exist in Scotland (http://www.scootltd.co.uk/), South Africa (https://www.gfellas.co.za/), India (http://www.drivespark.com/news/2012/05/02-skoda-you-drink-we-drive.html), and throughout the USA (http://www.drinkinganddriving.org/tools/services.html), including my home town (http://www.stldd.com/).
There is some evidence of these services popping up around Australia, including Perth (http://www.perthdesignateddrivers.com/apps/blog/show/6673620-perth-s-atrocious-attitudes-towards-drink-driving-) and the Hills District of Sydney (http://www.mynrma.com.au/members/member-benefit/u-drink-we-drive-u-home.htm).
However, services that charge crazy fees like this (http://www.dialadriver.net.au/) are not exactly going to capture the youth market, or even the girls from work who’ve had a few too many on a Friday night.