The Taxi Council of Queensland (TCQ) is pleased that taxis can continue to provide much-needed services to people with disabilities following the Government’s decision to reinstate the Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS).
The scheme will now be staying in place at least to mid-2019.
“The Government’s transitioning of TSS recipients to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) risked leaving many people with disability stranded without funding for essential transport,” said TCQ CEO Blair Davies.
“Putting TSS funding into the NDIS may have looked like a reasonable idea at the time, but its implementation was proving to be a disaster for many people who cannot access other forms of public transport due to disability.
“This is a win for common sense and the hard work put in by disability advocates like John Mayo from Spinal Life Australia, as well as TCQ. We saw the problem as it began emerging, and then worked together to fix it."
The TSS provides a 50 per cent subsidy capped at $25 per taxi trip.
“There are almost 54,000 TSS members in Queensland and that’s a lot of people who will continue to benefit from affordable personal transportation.
“Our industry has a proud history of providing services to people with disability. It hasn’t been easy building that capacity and there’s always room for further improvement, however, we should never lose sight of how far we’ve come.
“Taxis are integral to the fabric of communities right across Queensland and our services to people with disability are just one example of our commitment to helping ensure no one gets left behind.”