By Juliano Oliveira
A $21 million Queensland Government’s fund will make over 50 taxi operators more accessible to passengers with a disability.
Successful applicants will have 50% – for the cost to purchase and modify a new wheelchair accessible taxi – founded by the State, up to a maximum grant of $45,000.
“Accessible taxi services are often the only means of transport some people with disability and their families or carers can rely on to ensure they can get to appointments, go shopping and make the every day trips most of us take for granted,” Disability Services Minister Coralee O’Rourke said.
Transport and Main Roads Minister Mark Bailey expects that the available amount will speed up the upgrade of older vehicles and keep them going.
“The grants not only aid with replacing written-off vehicles and aging taxis but also provide funding for existing conventional taxi licence operators to replace their vehicles with wheelchair accessible taxis in some areas.
“Following a recent assessment process, grants have now been approved for 51 new wheelchair accessible taxis.”
The grant program is being run across several rounds to help ensure swift distribution of funds and that priority is given to applicants who meet more critical upgrade criteria.
Taxi operators who didn’t apply in the first round are encouraged to apply for the second round of funding, which is open now until April 9.
There will also be more opportunities to apply for funding over the remainder of the program.
Further information on the Wheelchair Accessible Taxis Grants visit qrida.qld.gov.au