Accessible Taxis for Queensland
qconnect has introduced wheelchair-accessible taxis in 55 rural and regional areas.
The taxi industry has an obligation under the Commonwealth Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport 2002* to provide the same level of service to people with a disability and to ensure that response times for these booked taxis are the same as conventional taxis.
The Queensland Government recognises that wheelchair-accessible taxis are less viable than conventional taxis, due to the increased purchase costs and lower demand for this service in many regional centres.
The Queensland Government, through the department, has allocated A$4.8 million for the Accessible Taxis for Queensland scheme to assist with purchasing wheelchair-accessible taxis for almost 70 regional taxi areas that currently have a taxi service, but not a wheelchair-accessible one.
To date, the Accessible Taxis for Queensland scheme has funded vehicles currently operating throughout regional Queensland.
Download the map of areas eligible for funding
The first 2 stages are coming to a close and stage 3 has commenced. All Accessible Taxis for Queensland funded vehicles will be on the road by 30 June 2009.
Eligible taxi service licence owners will be sent an application kit to assist them in determining whether they wish to apply for assistance from the initiative. The kit includes:
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