Have Your Say On A Better Multi Purpose Taxi Program

Consultation is now open for the Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) Review, Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan announced today.

The Multi Purpose Taxi Program supports the transport needs of Victorians with a disability and limited mobility by paying half the cost of taxi fares.

Over four million taxi journeys were supported by the MPTP in 2013-14, with nearly one in four of these being made by wheelchair users.

Speaking at the 2015 State Taxi Conference this morning, Minister Allan said the review was about improving travel choice and affordability for people with limited mobility.

To help guide consultation, a discussion paper has been prepared outlining ideas to broaden travel options for Victorians with limited mobility.

As part of the consultation process, a series of workshops will be held across Victoria with program users, disability advocacy groups, and the taxi and hire car industry.

Stakeholders from metropolitan and regional Victoria will also have a chance to provide their feedback by making a formal submission, completing an online survey or by calling the project team.

For a copy of the Multi Purpose Taxi Program Review discussion paper and to have your say, visit economicdevelopment.vic.gov.au/mptp-review or call 1800 064 887. Consultation closes on 4 December 2015.

Quotes attributable to Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan

“The Multi Purpose Taxi Program supports people with severe and permanent disabilities, many of whom rely on taxis to get to work, to study or appointments.”

“The Review is about making sure this critical program continues to meet the needs of those who rely on it, and improve travel choice and affordability for people with limited mobility.”

“Over the next few months we’ll be speaking to program users, disability advocacy groups and the taxi and hire car industry to hear first-hand what works well and what can be improved.”

“I encourage everyone with an interest in the Multi Purpose Taxi Program to come to the workshop or jump online and have your say.”

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