Broome will pilot a new grant scheme to support the establishment and continuity of wheelchair accessible taxi services in regional areas. The Regional Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) Taxi Service Grant Scheme will be administered by the Department of Transport and is part of a $1.5 million McGowan Government commitment to improve accessible transport options for people with disability.
Broome was chosen to pilot the grant scheme due to its popularity as a tourism destination and its lack of an existing WAV taxi service. The Department of Transport will begin stakeholder engagement in Broome from September to confirm the demand and feasibility for a WAV taxi service, followed by an Expression of Interest process to award the grants. Outcomes from the pilot will be used to inform the roll-out of the grants to other regions, with priority given to towns without a current WAV taxi service and where demand shows a sustainable service could operate. Click here for more information.
In related news, Expressions of interest (EOIs) are now being accepted from authorised on-demand rank or hail (taxi) passenger transport drivers seeking a Rank or Hail Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Modification Grant. This Grant is used to help increase accessible transport options for people with disability, each year the Department of Transport (DoT) provides grants of up to $20,000 to assist eligible operators with the cost of purchasing and installing a wheelchair hoist and restraint systems in a wheelchair accessible on-demand rank or hail (taxi) vehicle.
Expressions of interest close 5.00pm, Friday 2 September 2022. Click here for more information.