NSW Taxi Council welcomes the NSW Government’s commitment to increase incentives for Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT) drivers and eligible passengers from 1 July 2016.
The government’s plans include the raising of the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS) cap from $30 to $60, with the incentive payment for WAT drivers increasing from $7.70 to $15 per journey.
CEO of the NSW Taxi Council Roy Wakelin-King said that the NSW Taxi Industry provides over 500,000 journeys for wheelchair users each year.
“These new measures will assist people with special needs to access reliable and sustainable taxi transport options provided by professional drivers who are required to undergo specific training,” Mr Wakelin-King said.
“This announcement represents an important step in improving WATs service availability and reliability.
“The NSW Taxi Council is committed to working with government and other key stakeholders in the disability community to ensure a smooth and seamless transition with the new arrangements.
“The NSW Taxi Industry has been advocating for an increase in the TTSS and welcomes the government’s positive response in this regard.”