While many will be out Friday night enjoying New Year's Eve festivities, Charlottesville cab drivers will be hard at work. For them, New Year's Eve is the busiest night of the year.
Cab companies in Charlottesville spent Friday cleaning, vacuuming and servicing their cars. They say the goal is to give all New Year's Eve party-goers a safe ride home.
Workers with Access Taxi say they expect their call volume to triple Friday night. They will have three call-takers working the phones and about 50 cars out on the roads. They are also partnering with the Allen & Allen Law Firm to offer free cab rides home after 9 p.m.
"The call volume is anywhere from 800 to 1000 calls, so it keeps us rather busy," said Access Taxi Owner Trevis Poole. "It starts about 4:00 or 4:30 in the afternoon and runs all night."
"Our fleet size at this point is around 35," said Yellow Cab Vice President Becky Graves. "They are all planning on being out. They're ready for this night and ready to help save lives and get people home safely from bars to wherever they need to go."
Yellow Cab of Charlottesville is working with the Chandler Law Group for the 21st year in a row to offer revelers a safe ride home anytime after 10 p.m. To take advantage of the free cab rides, call Access Taxi and mention Allen & Allen or the Safe Ride Home Campaign for Yellow Cab.
Managers say since call volume will be high, it is important to place your call close to a half-hour before you plan to leave.