NSW Transport Minister: Increase the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme for people living with disabilities
  • Petitioning Gladys Berejiklian

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Minister for Transport - Parliament
Gladys Berejiklian
Member for Willoughby
Gladys Berejiklian, the NSW Transport Minister (Member for Willoughby)

NSW Transport Minister: Increase the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme for people living with disabilities

    1. Petition by

      Mark Tonga

      Australia

I injured my spinal cord during rugby union training session in 2008 resulting in quadriplegia. I lost the ability to move my arms and legs -- and I am totally reliant on my chin control power wheelchair for mobility.

Getting around suddenly isn't so easy. Gone are the days when I can just jump in the car and drive to the beach, or see a footy match with mates, or get to a doctor’s appointment. Wheelchair accessible taxis are a huge part of my life now -- but with the taxi fare prices continuing to rise, and having limited income on Disability Support Pension, it's becoming too much and restricting my ability to participate in the community. 

And here's why: despite NSW taxi prices becoming the most expensive in the country, the state government hasn't increased the Disability Taxi Subsidy since 1999. 

I currently spend over 30% of my disability pension on taxis. I live in a share house with three other people with disability who use wheelchairs, so when considering the cost of rent, food, health, medical, telecommunications, water and power expenses, in conjunction with the extra unavoidable cost of having a disability that the general community does not have or understand, I can barely afford to get to work. Let alone the cost of trying to have some social inclusion, and to simply meet up with and/or see friends. 

As a sports fan, I'd love to go to watch the Wallabies play at ANZ stadium, Homebush, but spending $180 to get to and from the match, isn't really a possibility considering my other expenses.

I'm meeting with Gladys Berejiklian, NSW Transport Minister, in April to try and convince her to increase the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme dollar value and percentage that will benefit all people with disability who use taxis now and in the future.

Please sign my petition to help ensure she agrees! 

To:
Gladys Berejiklian, Minister for Transport - Parliament
Gladys Berejiklian, the NSW Transport Minister (Member for Willoughby), Member for Willoughby
For people with spinal cord injuries, taxis are an essential part of their day to day life and a necessity. The current NSW Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS) does not reflect 2013 prices, reassess this and improve the quality of life for spinal cord injury patients who rely on taxis.

I support Mark's campaign -- and I hope you'll make immediate improvements to the disability taxi subsidy.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    @urthboy

    Mar 27, 2013

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    Reasons for signing

      • about 1 month ago

      Let's give them some help to ease their burden-how would we feel if it were us?

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    • Andrew Papale ROSEVILLE, MN
      • 3 months ago

      My dad is a taxi driver. He's always been my #1.

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    • Nikhat Jahan AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      I have a 1 year old son and we have to lift his pram every time we travel. Sometimes when my husband is not home and I have to travel with my son, I look out for someone to help me lift the pram. There were times when I didn't find anyone for help. This is very inconvenient.

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    • Robert Marriage NORTH RICHMOND, AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      People living with disabilities should not have their quality of life reduced by financial causes outside their control.

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    • David Lamond CARLINGFORD, AUSTRALIA
      • 3 months ago

      Our daughter is confined to a wheelchair and taxis are often the only viable transport option

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