Do you have evenings out planned for this holiday season?
Be sure to keep contact information for Operation Red Nose and Greater Vancouver Designated Drivers handy for those nights when you have more to drink than expected (or are simply just exhausted!) and need a little help to get you, your loved ones, and your car home safely.
Operation Red Nose is a free, designated driver service helping to keep our community safe during the holidays!
For the 12th year, Operation Red Nose on the North Shore is brought to you by the North Shore Rotary Clubs.
Call (604) 619-0942 between 9:00 pm and 3:00 am for service on the North Shore or Bowen Island. You cannot schedule a pick-up ahead of time.
Service is available on December 14, 15, 21, 22 & 31.
Please note that these phone numbers & this service are only operational on the nights listed. The service is free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Proceeds support programs for youth on the North Shore.
How does it work?
The Operation Red Nose service is provided by a team of three volunteers who pick up the motorist and his/her vehicle. Two of the three volunteers ride with the client in his/her vehicle while the third volunteer follows them in his/her own car. These volunteers are the volunteer driver, the navigator and the escort driver. The “driver” drives the client car; the “navigator” accompanies the driver, answers client questions about the service, and prepares the receipt; the “escort driver” picks up the other two volunteers at the client’s destination and drives them to another client location or back to the headquarters. On the North Shore, the “headquarters” location is at the ICBC Claim Centre at 255 Lloyd Avenue, North Vancouver.
Who can use the service?
The Red Nose service is not intended just for people who have been drinking alcohol. Any person who doesn’t feel up to driving, due to fatigue or for other reasons, may call on the services of Operation Red Nose. The only requirement is that the client must have a vehicle at the time of the call. In other words: no vehicle, no service. Operation Red Nose is not a taxi service, but rather a volunteer designated-driver service for motorists and their vehicles. If you have guests accompanying you, you need to have enough seat belts to accommodate yourself (car owner), your guests, and two Red Nose volunteers.
Operation Red Nose is available in twelve other regions of BC including Abbotsford/Mission, Burnaby, Chilliwack, Coquitlam/TriCities, Delta/Richmond, Langley/Surrey, New Westminster, Kamloops, Nanaimo, Prince George, Maple Ridge/Pitt Meadows and Williams Lake. Call 1-877-604-6673 (1-877-604-NOSE) to reach any of these locations.
GREATER VANCOUVER DESIGNATED DRIVERS
If you need assistance getting your car home on a night when Operation Red Nose is not available, Great Vancouver Designated Drivers is a BC owned and operated company that will help to get you and your vehicle home safely for a fee.
They service Abbotsford through Squamish daily from 4:00 pm to 4:00 am, and daytime and after hours services are available if scheduled in advance.
The company’s website says their rates are comparable to a one way cab fare, and longer distance rides are less than the cost of a one way cab fare.
To book this service or to get more information, call 604-917-0177 or visit their website at www.gvdd.ca.
HAPPY & SAFE HOLIDAYS EVERYONE!