29 November 2012
Call for Increase to the NSW Taxi Transport Subsidy
The Spinal Cord Injury Australia (SCIA) Policy and Advocacy Team is encouraging people to write to the NSW Minister for Transport and the Shadow Minister for Transport to request an increase in the subsidy given under the NSW Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS).
The TTSS has not increased since 1999, despite a considerable increase in taxi fares. As a consequence, people with disability who rely on taxis to access the community spend a disproportionately high amount of their income on transport.
Currently the TTSS subsidises fares by 50%, with a maximum contribution of $30 per fare. Those who travel long distances to access the community are affected the most by the small contribution provided under the scheme.
If you would like to support the SCIA subsidy increase campaign, the letter template is provided on the campaign website. With your assistance and where willing, people with disability are encouraged to use their own personal examples of how the TTSS has impacted upon their ability to access the community.
It would be of additional support if you could distribute information about the campaign within your networks.
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