Wheelchair accessible taxis

A wheelchair accessible taxi (WAT) is a vehicle that been specially modified to safely accommodate at least one and up to three wheelchairs. Both the wheelchair and the passenger must be able to be safety secured in the vehicle.

WATs are a key part of the NSW public transport system and drivers of WAT vehicles undergo special training after being issued with a driver authority.

Residents of NSW who are unable to use public transport and rely on WATs because of a severe and permanent disability may qualify for the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS).

TTSS subsidises the travel cost of participants, allowing them to travel by taxi at half fare. The maximum subsidy that can be claimed is $30.

Incentive payment for wheelchair accessible taxi drivers

The NSW Government is undertaking a twelve month trial of an incentive payment to wheelchair taxi drivers when they carry passengers in wheelchairs.

Since 1 December 2007, drivers of Wheelchair Accessible Taxis (WATs) have been able to claim $7.70 plus GST for each wheelchair passenger carried. The trial is funded from the Taxi Advisory Committee account at no cost to passengers.

This payment is only for the driver of the WAT and is designed to improve reliability and response times for passengers, and to support WAT drivers in achieving these improvements. The NSW Government is committed to improving wheelchair accessible taxi services and supporting WAT drivers in achieving these improvements.

Further information about the trial is available on 1800 200 592.

Wheelchair accessible taxi measurement protocol

The purpose of this protocol is to provide persons undertaking vehicle modifications, persons registered with Roads and Maritime Services as engineering signatories and taxi builders with the measurement requirements for Wheel Chair Accessible Taxis in compliance with the Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (DSAPT) 2002. This protocol is for vehicles put on the road as a Wheelchair Accessible Taxi until 30 September 2011.

Wheelchair accessible taxi measurement protocol (Effective 1 October 2011)

The purpose of this protocol is to provide persons undertaking vehicle modifications, persons registered with Roads and Maritime Services as engineering signatories and taxi builders with the measurement requirements for vehicles being used as a Wheelchair Accessible Taxi for the first time from 1 October 2011.

While this protocol is mandatory for vehicles being used as Wheelchair Accessible Taxi for the first time from 1 October 2011 there is no restriction on it being applied to vehicles coming on the road before 1 October 2011.

Stakeholder responses to proposals to amend the definition of a WAT allocated space

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