Smart card to make trips easier for subsidised taxi users

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A new smart card is set to make trips easier for people who receive subsidised taxi fares through the NSW Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS).

Minister for Transport Andrew Constance, Minister for Regional Transport Paul Toole and Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward today announced the new smart card to be delivered in partnership with Cabcharge.

The smart card will replace the old paper docket payment system, making it much easier for people with disability.

Providing an accessible and affordable transport system for the entire community is a fundamental value of the NSW Government,” Mr Constance said.

Subsidised taxi fares provide an option for people who would otherwise find it difficult to catch a bus or train, and this new smart card will make it even easier for people to go about their daily business without the fuss of paper dockets.”

Mr Toole said the new digital solution would be rolled out across the state in phases, starting in the regions later this year.

“It is essential that people living with disability are able to get out and about in their communities,” Mr Toole said.

“In some rural areas, taxis are the only form of public transport and this new smart card will take out the time and hassle of managing paper dockets and ordering new docket books for those using the subsidised service.”

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward said the initiative is another example of the NSW Government’s work to improve services and support for people with disability.

“We want to empower people with disability to reach their full potential, and access to transport is a critical part of that,” Mr Ward said.

“The new smart card is a simple way we can help create a more inclusive and accessible community for people with disability.”

The Transport for NSW Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS) is available to residents of NSW who are unable to use public transport because of a qualifying severe and permanent disability.

Eligible participants receive a subsidy of 50% of a taxi fare, up to a maximum subsidy of $60 and only pay the remaining fare. This includes travel in wheelchair accessible taxis. 

Current participants of the scheme will be advised in advance that they will be receiving their smart card in the mail with instructions on how to use it.

For more information visit transportnsw.info.