Paul Kingston CEO of MAIB joins  Dave to discuss the MAIB Nightrider  offer for New years Eve.

New Year’s Eve revellers will be able to get home safely and cheaply this year thanks to MAIB Nightrider.

The bus service, operated by Metro, enables people to get home from New Year’s Eve celebrations in Burnie, Launceston and Hobart for just $2.

MAIB CEO Paul Kingston explains “MAIB Nightrider can help protect you from causing death or serious injury on our roads,” 

“The Motor Accidents Insurance Board (MAIB) has sponsored the service since its inception in 2012.

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“The MAIB-funded Real Mates campaign is about looking out for each other and that’s what we want Tasmanians to do on New Year’s Eve.  

“Encourage your friends and family to leave their cars at home and take a bus instead.”

Metro CEO Megan Morse said Metro buses were the perfect travel option to get people safely to and from celebrations.

“We are proud to once again be operating this important service, which last year was embraced by over 4000 people state-wide.

“This New Year’s Eve, let Metro be your designated driver and get there and back again easily, safely, and cheaply with Nightrider.”

Nightrider services are in addition to a regular weekday vacation timetable in Hobart, Launceston and Burnie that will operate on Monday 31 December 2018.

A $2 flat fare will apply to all Metro services from 6pm on New Year’s Eve to the last services at 2.30am on New Year’s Day in Hobart and 1.30am in Burnie and Launceston.

Tasmania Police Acting Inspector Nick Clark said Police wanted everyone to get home safely.

“We want everyone to get home safely and this is one way of doing it. Someone else doing the driving eliminates the risk if you’ve had a few drinks.

Nightrider helps potentially reduce both the number of crashes on our roads caused by substance-affected drivers, and subsequent pressure on emergency services during a busy time of year.”

Departure Points

·      Launceston: St John Street interchange and from 9.20pm, Royal Park.

·      Burnie: Cattley Street interchange

·      Hobart: Elizabeth Street interchange and from 10pm, Franklin Square stops and Davey Street stop near Salamanca Pl (for southern services), and Salamanca Place stops near Supreme Court (for northern suburbs, west Hobart, and eastern shore services).

For more information, visit www.metrotas.com.au, call 13 22 01 or follow Metro on Twitter @metro_tasmania or Facebook.