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26/03/2019 11:00 a.m.
26 March 2019
People in the Waipā district living with mobility challenges are being encouraged to register for a scheme aimed at making it easier for them to get out into the community.
Total Mobility is a national door-to-door transport scheme involving disability agencies, taxi companies/transport providers and local government. It’s designed to provide people with mobility challenges equitable access to the community.
Under this scheme people living in Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Ohaupō, Pirongia and other areas within the district can be eligible for subsidised taxi and door-to-door transport with Total Mobility providers.
This will be effective in the Waipā district from Wednesday, 1 May.
“Total Mobility could be a great solution for many people who have a condition that stops them from getting around on their own,” said Waikato Regional Council’s public transport manager, Andrew Wilson.
“The scheme already operates successfully in Hamilton, Tokoroa and Taupō, and we’ve worked closely with Waipā District Council to bring it to those in need in the district,” he said.
Waipā councillors have supported the new service by providing a budget in the 10-Year Plan.
Once a Waipā resident has registered their interest, someone from Waikato Regional Council will be in touch to set up an appointment for an eligibility assessment.
Under the scheme, Waipā District Council and NZ Transport Agency will pay half the fare, up to a $12.50 subsidy per trip, and the user pays the remainder.
To find out more phone 0800 WAIPADC (0800 924 723) and to register online, visit www.waipadc.govt.nz/totalmobility.