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Week-long wait for accessible taxi
Wheelchair Accessible Taxi
representative Christina Ryan
doesn't think the industry's
changes go far enough.
Picture: Elesa Lee
Continued page 8
''There are some positives in there
but obviously we're disappointed
they've taken a minimal approach
to wheelchair taxis.'' -- WAT
IMAGINE having to book your taxi a
week in advance.
Most people wouldn't be able to
catch one if that was the case, but for
wheelchair users, planning is a must.
Despite recent changes to Canber-
ra's taxi industry, wheelchair users
are afraid this will still be an issue.
The government announced last
week that among many changes to the
industry a new centralised booking
service for wheelchair accessible
taxis (WATs) would be introduced.
The booking service is to be
tendered for a period of two years,
with the option of extension following
a performance review at 18 months.
In addition, four new WAT licen-
ses will be released in 2011, creating
more taxis on the road for wheelchair
Chief Minister Jon Stanhope
believes the changes will improve taxi
reliability and service quality.
''The new centralised booking
service, which will be funded by the
ACT Government and modelled on a
similar arrangement in Adelaide, is
expected to provide significant imp-
rovements in wheelchair taxi
services,'' he said.
''It is simply not acceptable that
users of wheelchair taxis are not able
to fully participate in community life
because they cannot be sure if a
wheelchair taxi will be on time, or
even show up at all.''
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