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You drink, we drive?

By Dacquiri - 9 June 2012 47

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.

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devils_advocate 10:53 am 20 May 13

There are plenty of parking spots in the civic area that are not paid parking on Saturday morning. Some of them might require a 5-minute walk.

You can sleep in with peace of mind and catch a bus into the city in the afternoon to pick up your car.

If you are concerned about your car getting vandalised or stolen, they have this thing called insurance (not that I have ever had to call upon my insurance policy in the circumstances outlined above). If you can’t afford to lock your car and walk away of a night without worrying about it, you can’t afford your car.

Finally, in terms of taxi costs, travel costs (to drinking venues, to work, etc) is something you should have factored in when choosing a place to live. Choosing a place to live includes choosing to continue living at your parent’s house. And don’t give me this “my son did sociology” crap. Doing arts degrees is a luxury of the independently wealthy. If he’s not already rich, he can go and do a finance or law degree like the rest of us poor slobs that have to work for a living.

In summary, it’s not that hard.

/rant

PrestigeDialaDriver 9:59 am 20 May 13

DrKoresh said :

milkman said :

mattapalooza said :

I think a taxi from Civic to Banks is something like $80 one way….surely that can’t even be an option for the kiddies!

If they can afford to buy drinks at club prices, they can afford to make their own way home. Let’s not forget, these are not kids.

Not many of us can, actually. Also, pre-drinking is where it’s at, cheaper than buying it inside.

If you catch a taxi home you still have the issue of retrieving your vehicle the following day! Running the risk that your vehicle may be damaged or stolen whilst parked overnight at the venue. To retrieve your vehicle the following day, you are either going to inconvenience a friend or family member to drop you off at your vehicle, in order to drive it home, or you’re going to catch another taxi.

You are STILL running the risk of being DUI the following morning, if you are pulled up at an RBT. Have you not realized and seen more & more RBT’s operating in the mornings now?

There are now 2 dial a driver services operating in Canberra available to help, and get you home safely, with your vehicle. Can you really put a price on someone’s life?

Dacquiri 10:30 pm 24 Aug 12

Well well well… guess what? Looks like a ‘we’ll drive you home’ service in Canberra. See: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/act-news/desirable-business-gets-drunks-home-safely-20120824-24s8n.html Its success will rely on that essential combination of price, availability and service.

boffins 3:20 pm 15 Jun 12

I know I’m a bit late to reply, but just in case the OP is still checking this – There is a service in Canberra for this. It’s just started up and it’s ‘Dial-a-Desi’. http://www.dial-a-desi.com.au/

DrKoresh 12:42 pm 12 Jun 12

Thumper said :

poetix said :

DrKoresh said :

Sandman said :

Kids these days are obviously amateur drinkers and have never heard of things like Panelvan’s. I never had to leave my car and find my way home after an unexpected big night when in my 20’s. Saturday morning parking? No worries. That was about the time that the bacon and egg cravings came on so a couple of coins in the meter was all that was needed. There were other social benefits associated with the panelvan as well, but I’m sure I don’t need to elaborate on the details of that.

As someone in their early 20’s today all I can say is (somewhat facetiously): What the Hell is a panelvan?

No, I’m kidding, I know of them, from way back hundreds of years ago in the 80’s. But seriously, where can you BUY one in this day and age?

Young people today. Can’t even Google things for themselves….Here are a few panelvans.
http://www.carpoint.com.au/used-cars/HOLDEN/SANDMAN/model-make.htm

Prepare to be shocked by the prices.

Thankfully, I possess a pano.

Best thing ever if you’re out on the piss.

I don’t even have my license 🙁 So I catch a bus or crash at a mates place when I do go out. I’m more of a homebody though, much prefer to be home with my missus :3

Thumper 12:35 pm 12 Jun 12

poetix said :

DrKoresh said :

Sandman said :

Kids these days are obviously amateur drinkers and have never heard of things like Panelvan’s. I never had to leave my car and find my way home after an unexpected big night when in my 20’s. Saturday morning parking? No worries. That was about the time that the bacon and egg cravings came on so a couple of coins in the meter was all that was needed. There were other social benefits associated with the panelvan as well, but I’m sure I don’t need to elaborate on the details of that.

As someone in their early 20’s today all I can say is (somewhat facetiously): What the Hell is a panelvan?

No, I’m kidding, I know of them, from way back hundreds of years ago in the 80’s. But seriously, where can you BUY one in this day and age?

Young people today. Can’t even Google things for themselves….Here are a few panelvans.
http://www.carpoint.com.au/used-cars/HOLDEN/SANDMAN/model-make.htm

Prepare to be shocked by the prices.

Thankfully, I possess a pano.

Best thing ever if you’re out on the piss.

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