Warrego MP calls to save taxi subsidy scheme
DISABLED people of the southwest are set to be hit the hardest when the State government axes the Taxi Subsidy Scheme, according to Warrego MP Ann Leahy.
The Taxi Subsidy Scheme allows participants of the National Disability Insurance Scheme to access cheaper cab fares.
Warrego MP Ann Leahy described the Palaszczuk Government move to strip disabled people who lived at Cunnamulla, Charleville, Roma, Chinchilla and Dalby of the Taxi Subsidy Scheme, where there was no other form of public transport as "callous”.
"An estimated 10,000 Queenslanders will lose access to low cab fares when the scheme is axed for National Disability Insurance Scheme participants on June 30,” Ms Leahy said.
"It is hard enough now for these disabled people to get around our communities, because we have no public transport.
"The State Labor Government is going to make it even harder for the disabled to get to work, go shopping, access support services or visit the doctor.”
Ms Leahy is making a call to arms for people to join her and 13 disability organisations by signing the petition to Save Our Taxi Subsidy Scheme'.
"We are calling for a reversal of this heartless decision to scrap the Taxi Subsidy Scheme,” Ms Leahy said. "This is a heartless move which will be the only state in Australia without a taxi subsidy scheme.
"The subsidy scheme provides half the cost of a taxi (up to $25 per journey), as well as a $20 'lift payment' to drivers of wheelchair- accessible taxis.
"If other states have been able to maintain the subsidy why can't Queensland?”
Petition can be signed at www.queensland.typeform. com/to/Fctuc4.