Ljiljanna Ravlich

Ljiljanna Ravlich

Minister for Local Government; Racing and Gaming; Multicultural Interests and Citizenship; Government Enterprises; Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure; Goldfields-Esperance; Youth

    New multi-purpose taxi to hit the streets of Broome

    13/04/2008 12:00 AM
     

    Broome disabled and elderly residents are set to benefit from a new multi-purpose taxi (MPT) service, thanks to the recently introduced $15,000 Country MPT State Government grant scheme.

     

    Minister Assisting the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Ljiljanna Ravlich said the Broome MPT was the first country taxi to be modified under the new grant scheme, announced in January this year.

     

    “MPT drivers provide a customised and essential service for people with disabilities or other mobility problems,” Ms Ravlich said.

     

    “With both an ageing population and the continuing integration of people with disabilities into the mainstream community and workforce, the demand for MPTs is increasing.

     

    “In addition, Broome is a very popular tourist destination and the new MPT will operate as a much-needed transport alternative to accommodate the large volume of visitors to the town.

     

    “It’s fantastic that the new subsidies introduced in January have already assisted improvements to the regional Western Australian taxi Industry.”

     

    Ms Ravlich said the State Government was committed to improving access to taxi services for people with disabilities and the elderly throughout WA.

     

    “These country taxi driver subsidies provide welcome financial relief to taxi operators and help to improve service levels for people with disabilities and the elderly throughout the State,” she said.

     

    “I strongly encourage anyone who is interested in becoming a country taxi driver to contact the DPI.”

     

    For more information about MPT subsidies, please visit http://www.dpi.wa.gov.au

     

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