Queenslanders are being urged to “stay safe and take a taxi” to State of Origin parties and celebrations on Wednesday night.
Taxi Council Queensland chief executive officer Benjamin Wash said younger people should not be walking streets alone at nights and that taxis provided a safe, door-to-door transport option.
“Those attending parties on big nights like State of Origin can think they are invincible, but we would encourage people not to walk to and from parties and not to drink and drive.”
Mr Wash also wants to counter any perception that taxis are not affordable, pointing out that when people travel together, the price can be equivalent to a bus or train fare.
“A $20 fare shared by four people is $5 each, and for that you are taken straight to your door,” he said.
The most recent Queensland Government mystery shopping report found that taxi customers across the state are overwhelmingly satisfied with the overall taxi experience.
Eighty nine per cent of customers said they were satisfied, increasing to 98 per cent in some parts of the state.
Mr Wash said increased publicity of violence on the streets is making people more aware of personal safety.
“This State of Origin night we want people to have a great time and stay safe – and of course we want Queensland to win!”