While family, friends and neighbours can often help people with disability with their transport needs, organisations and community groups can also assist.
Government of Western Australia concessions including travel and transport.
The Country Age Pension Fuel Card provides eligible pensioners with up to $500 a year towards the cost of fuel and/or taxi travel from participating providers.
For people with disability who cannot use public transport without substantial assistance.
Patient assisted travel
Provided by the WA Country Health Service to help pay travel and accommodations costs for eligible country residents and their escorts.
Taxi passenger subsidies
Reduced taxi rates available for eligible people who have a disability that prevents them from using public transport.
Commonwealth Respite and Carelink Centres: Advice on Home and Community Care Scheme services to help put people in touch with local agencies. Call 1800 052 222 for assistance.
ACROD Parking Permits
Entitles use of dedicated parking bays for eligible people with disability.
Southern Wheels transport for people in the Lower South West
The Southern Wheels wheelchair accessible vehicle hire service commenced in the South West region on 1 December 2017. This service is managed by the WA Motor Industry Foundation.
Three wheelchair accessible Toyota Hiace vans are available for hire. Two vans are based in Busselton and one is based in Manjimup.
Fees to book and use the vehicles are:
- Individuals and families - $60 per day with unlimited kilometres. The hirer is required to refuel the vehicle (at any fuel station) before it is returned. The person may use their Country Fuel Card to pay for fuel.
- Organisations - $60 per day with unlimited kilometres. The hirer is required to refuel the vehicle (at any fuel station) before it is returned.
Bookings can be made by phone 1300 868 280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Vehicles can be picked up between 8am and 8pm each day and can be used for flexible periods, including overnight.
Further information is available on the Southern Wheels website www.southernwheels.org.au.
Information for people with disability using public transport in Perth.
Taxi passenger subsidies
Reduced taxi rates are available for eligible people who have a disability that prevents them from using public transport.
Wheelchair-accessible or multi-purpose taxis
Taxis equipped to provide essential transport for people with disability or mobility difficulties.
Minor vehicle modifications include grab bars, swivel seats, postural support or transfer boards. Major changes can include mobility aid hoists, ramps or special steering/braking/accelerator control systems.
Before making any vehicle modifications, it is advisable to contact a driver-trained occupational therapist for an assessment.
Any vehicle modifications must comply with Department of Transport regulations.
Transporting mobility aids
Options for collapsible wheelchairs include rear-mounted hooks and roof hoists.
For motorised aids such as wheelchairs or scooters—ramps, trailers or electrically operated lifters may be required.
Advice on customised mobility aids and vehicle modifications is available from independent living organisations.
If you use a car to transport a wheelchair, it is advisable to ensure your insurance policy covers any damage to the wheelchair that might occur during transit.