The Parents' Coalition has found some alternative methods of transportation for long trips, all of which are just as fast as a taxi, cost less than an taxi and are more comfortable than a taxi.
A few excerpts from the BeMyDD website:
Customers using BeMyDD's Designated and Personal Driver services are charged a flat hourly rate with a three hour minimum. This flat rate ranges between $12.50-$17.00 per hour depending on city. Our driver will drive you in your car any distance and take you and all of your passengers to any number of stops at no extra charge.
We not only require our drivers display professionalism and integrity while on duty, but they must also have displayed in the past and continue to display these qualities in order for us to recommend them to operate your vehicle. Any potential driver whose background check uncovers the following will not be providing our service:
- Sex offenses
- DUI’s in past 5 yrs
- 2+ moving violations in past 3 years
- Any accidents in past 3 years
Right At Home Care and Assistance
For $20.95 per hour on weekdays and $23.05 per hour on weekends, a trained caregiver will provide physical assistance and driving service using the customer's automobile.
Right at Home of Montgomery County, MD11821 Parklawn Drive
Rockville, MD 20852
Phone: 301-255-0066 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Liaison: Beth Wetzel
Intake Coordinator: Elizabeth Coffman
Staffing Coordinator: Erica Adom
Nursing Supervisor: Nana Acqua
HR Manager: Jessica Peele
This above companies are just two of many in this area that provide these services.
As an example, for a six hour trip (90 minutes driving each way plus 3 hours waiting time while Dr. Docca attends meetings) to a location 75 miles away using Dr. Docca's car, Right at Home would charge $125.70 for their services. Dr. Docca would be reimbursed $0.56 per mile for use of her car, which comes to $84.00 for the round trip. The total cost to the taxpayers would be $209.70. This is about half of what a taxi would charge.
BeMyDD.com would cost even less, and is suitable if Dr. Docca does not need the specialty care services that Right at Home provides.
The Parents' Coalition sends our wishes for a speedy recovery to Dr. Docca and hopes that Dr. Docca will consider these types of travel options for long trips instead of taxis.