(Source - The National Party of Australia website)
The NSW Taxi Council and the Country Taxi Operators Association welcomes the announcement from the NSW Nationals - Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW - Paul Toole and Nationals Minister for Regional Transport and Roads - Sam Farraway to extend the Regional Seniors Travel Card program until the end 2023 as well as the expansion of the eligibility to include seniors who are carers and those with disabilities.
The Regional Seniors Travel Card was initially promised for two years at the 2019 election by the NSW Nationals and has been a huge success with 691,000 cards issued since the launch. Due to this huge success, the program has been expanded for two more years until the end of 2023.
The Regional Seniors Travel Card provides eligible seniors living in Regional, Rural and Remote areas of NSW with a $250 prepaid card to help ease the cost of travel and use the card at certain retailers and to pay for Taxis, fuel and pre-booked NSW Trainlink Regional trains. The eligibility has now been expanded to also include seniors who are carers and those with disabilities.
Martin Rogers - CEO, NSW Taxi Council said, "The Regional Seniors Travel Card has significantly benefitted the local Taxi Operators in regional, rural and remote areas of NSW during what has been a challenging time for the NSW Taxi Industry due to the impact of COVID-19. We would like to thank the NSW Nationals, Deputy Premier - Paul Toole and Minister for Regional Transport and Roads - Sam Farraway for extending and expanding the regional seniors travel card program."
Applications for the Regional Seniors Travel Card are now open and close on November 20, 2022.
To find out more, or to apply, go to https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/regionalseniorstravel