Taxi service isn’t being used

A LATE night taxi service trialled by Lithgow City Council to reduce alcohol related crime isn’t being used, locals say.

Under the program, a nine-seater vehicle picks residents up from outside pubs between midnight and 3am on Friday and Saturday nights, and drops them home for a gold coin donation.

“It’s been a bit slow to start, but we expected that because it was a new service, [and the] first time it’s been done in Lithgow,” council spokesperson Matthew Johnson said

Now six weeks into its seven week trial period, the program’s slow adoption rate is leading many to question its effectiveness.

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