We recently hosted a community meeting to discuss ways to ensure safe, reliable and predictable personalised transport services in Bundaberg.
Personalised transport includes taxis, maxi taxis, limousine services and ride-booking services.
Spinal Life Australia Chief Advisor – Government, John Mayo, said the implementation of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) in the region from September 2017 was expected to increase demand for wheelchair accessible personalised transport.
He said recent difficulties experienced by a member indicated the region was under-prepared for this growth in demand.
“We are concerned about the future availability of personalised transport options in a changing landscape that includes recent reforms to legislation,” he said.
“With this in mind, we think it is in the best interests of the people of Bundaberg to understand the landscape and take measures to ensure the availability of wheelchair accessible personalised transport.”
John said the discussion involved current issues and how each level of government could work to provide security and certainty around the number of wheelchair accessible vehicles available in the region.
“Queensland’s ageing population is also increasing and relies on accessible transport options to participate in the community,” he said.
The State Government recently passed the Transport and Other Legislation (Personalised Transport Reform) Amendment Bill 2017, with many impacts on the industry, particularly for taxi operators and customers.
Spinal Life Australia is monitoring the third phase of the reforms, which will include evaluating and reviewing the changes.
“We are focused on ensuring our members have access to the right level of transport that meets their needs and connects them to their community,” John said.
More meetings will be held over the coming weeks. Details will be posted on our website and on Facebook.
To find out more, contact us on 1300 SPINAL.