Sunday 27 May 2018

New financial incentives for mytaxi drivers to make their vehicles wheelchair accessible

Stephen Cluskey (l) and Minister Ross (r)
Stephen Cluskey (l) and Minister Ross (r)
Louise Kelly

Louise Kelly

New financial incentives are being introduced to encourage mytaxi drivers to make their vehicle wheelchair accessible for passengers.

The taxi company is offering a €1,000 commission for drivers who avail of the National Transport Authority’s (NTA) Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) Grant Scheme.

The 2018 WAV scheme itself provides up to €7,500 per vehicle for existing wheelchair accessible vehicle licence holders who wish to upgrade and applicants - including taxis - who wish to apply for that WAV licence.

Stephen Cluskey, Mobility Mojo CEO, said that taxis are a very important door-to-door public transport service for many people in Ireland, that need to be inclusive of all members of our society.

"It is vital we move towards a taxi industry which supports the diverse and varied needs of our modern, contemporary population."

Since last July, the firm has reported a 54pc increase in the number of wheelchair accessible vehicles across its fleet.

Furthermore, the taxi company, is also offering €1,000 rebate to drivers who sign up to the electric vehicle incentive scheme, which offers a €7,000 grant.

"mytaxi drivers are now in a position where they can avail of over €15,000 in grants and incentives in this respect, and we urge them to get in touch with us now to find out how they can do this," General Manager for Ireland at mytaxi, Alan Fox, said.

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