Passengers with a wheelchair will be able to travel more reliably on Christmas Day with the Queensland Government doubling the lift payment for taxi drivers to $40 for one day only.
Minister for Transport and Main Roads, Bart Mellish said the additional Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT) payment recognised the importance of being able to travel freely on Christmas Day to spend time with families and friends.
“This initiative will support passengers reliant on a wheelchair to be able to travel reliably on Christmas Day,” the Minister said.
“The Miles Government is determined to work with the taxi industry to ensure the delivery of high-quality services for vulnerable members of the community.”
He said increasing the level of the driver incentive to undertake each trip will make it more attractive to drivers to provide services at Christmas and will help to ensure that passengers requiring an accessible taxi can access a WAT when they need one.
The lift payment is a driver incentive that applies for each eligible WAT trip involving transportation of a Taxi Subsidy Scheme (TSS) member who is required to travel in a wheelchair.
The lift payment is not part of the taxi fare so there is no additional cost to the passenger. The whole lift payment is paid to the taxi driver who provided the service.
Taxi companies are also working to deliver Christmas Day services when they are needed, and are encouraging passengers to book in advance to help ensure they can meet demand.
For more information on TSS or WAT lift payments, visit qld.gov.au.