Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan

Minister for Planning and Infrastructure

    First Multi-Purpose Taxi Cadets on the road

    29/11/2005 12:00 AM

    The first drivers to successfully complete the Multi Purpose Taxi (MPT) driver cadetship training program are now on the road, boosting the number of MPT drivers available.

    Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan said she introduced the MPT driver cadetship scheme aimed to address concerns that there were not enough of the drivers available to meet community demand for the service.

    “Multi-purpose taxi drivers provide an essential service for people with disabilities or other mobility problems and we are pleased the scheme has attracted such high calibre candidates,” Ms MacTiernan said.

    “These new cadets are genuine about assisting elderly and disabled customers to regain some independence and peace of mind.

    “Each of the cadets who have come through the training program has a background either in a carer’s role or have some history working with people with disabilities.”

    The Minister congratulated MPT cadet drivers, Mike Usher and Kerry Strudwick, who she said exemplified the quality of candidates attracted to the scheme.

    “Mr Usher has more than 26 years’ experience working with people with disabilities and applied for the cadetship program to make a difference,” Ms MacTiernan said.

    “Under the scheme, seven applicants were provided with training to become a taxi driver, as well as the additional training and qualifications needed to obtain an MPT driver’s licence.

    “The usual application and training fees were paid for by the Department for Planning and Infrastructure, allowing cadets to overcome some of the up front costs.

    “The success of the MPT driver cadetship grant program demonstrates the Government’s commitment to improving taxi services for people with disabilities.

    “This is one of the creative schemes being funded through the revenue generated under the State Government’s plate leasing scheme.”

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