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Various transport reforms have been initiated for modernization of the point to point transport industry, and to improve accessibility for all NSW customers.
According to the NSW Government, the point to point industry includes taxis, hire cars and other transport services that take customers from their point of origin, to their intended destination.
“We have kept customers at the forefront of these changes, and have ensured all customers will benefit, including people with disability who rely on taxis to get around,” Minister for Transport and Infrastructure Andrew Constance said.
“Our reforms will improve accessible point to point services by increasing driver incentives and the subsidy scheme for customers - a huge boost for those who rely on these point to point services on a daily basis,” Mr Constance added.
The point to point industry reform package includes $15.5 million to support wheelchair accessible services and raising the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS) cap from $30 to $60 to improve affordability for customers.
Also, the package includes increasing the Wheelchair Accessible Taxis driver incentive payment from $7.70 (ex GST) to $15 (ex GST) to give more incentive for taxi drivers and reducing Sydney Wheelchair Accessible Taxi licence fees from $1,000 to zero.
Further, it includes expanding the Wheelchair Accessible Taxi interest-free loan scheme at a cost of up to $5 million a year. This would help purchase and modifications for accessible vehicles.
“The community transport sector provides critical point to point transport services for thousands of customers across the state and we’re keen to ensure they take advantage of these reforms,” Mr Constance said.
“Community transport operators will continue to be responsible for ensuring their services are operated safely and have passed comprehensive background checks. However we’ve been very careful to ensure they don’t have face any unnecessary red tape, when they should be focusing on their customers,” he added.
For more information, visit www.transport.nsw.gov.au/pointtopoint.
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