While wheelchairs and mobility scooters are a great way to get around, sometimes you’ll need to transport your mobility equipment in a car to get where you want to go. Wheelchair accessible vehicles are a great option, but don’t despair if you don’t have one. In Australia wheelchair and mobility scooter users are entitled to subsidies while travelling in taxis.
Read on to find out everything you need to know.
Transporting Mobility Equipment in Taxis
Firstly, it’s important to take note of the type of mobility equipment you can transport in a taxi. Manual and portable wheelchairs and portable mobility scooters can usually be safely carried in all sorts of taxis, as long as they are folded and can safely fit in the boot or back seat of the vehicle.
Electric wheelchairs can only be carried in a Wheelchair Accessible Taxi if they are fitted with four anchor points, allowing it to be safely used with the taxi’s four-point tie down system. The same applies to full-sized scooters, but passengers are not legally permitted to sit on the scooter while the taxi is in motion and must instead sit in a car seat with their seat belt buckled.
In many areas, taxi drivers are allowed to charge while assisting passengers with wheelchairs or mobility scooters and securing their equipment in/to the car. This fee takes into account the extra time and effort that it takes to provide this service.
To help cover the cost of getting around, people with disabilities are entitled to taxi subsidies. Taxi regulations and subsidy schemes vary in each Australian state and territory, so click the links below to find out what is provided in your state.
Western Australia – https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/mediaFiles/taxis/ODT_F_App_TUSS.pdf
For total peace of mind, it’s a great idea to insure your wheelchair or mobility scooter before you travel.
You can rest easy knowing you are covered for situations such as accidental loss and damage, personal items that get lost, stolen or damaged while using the mobility equipment and costs incurred to get your scooter or wheelchair home following an accident.