June 28, 2022
Michael Ferguson, Minister of Infrastructure and Transport
Tasmania’s Liberal Government is offering a series of concessions to help more Tasmanians cope with cost of living pressures.
Today I ask Tasmanians, “Have you checked to see if you qualify for transport concessions that can save you money?”
The Tasmanian Transport Access Scheme provides discounts and grants to Tasmanians with permanent and severe disabilities to ensure that those who need it most have access to their communities, essential services and workplaces.
The program includes the Australian Disabled Parking Permit, the Taxi Grant Scheme, and registration, licensing and stamp duty concessions.
Already nearly 33,000 Tasmanians are members of the Transport Access Scheme, nearly 31,000 hold Disabled Parking Permits and nearly 16,000 are covered by the Taxi Subsidy Scheme, collectively saving them almost £5million dollars per year in transport costs.
The Transport Access Scheme provides a 50% subsidy on the cost of a standard taxi fare for eligible Tasmanians, or 60% if using a wheelchair accessible taxi if the member is wheelchair dependent.
Disabled parking permit holders may park in designated disabled parking spaces, may park in such spaces for longer than indicated signage, and may park in non-disabled parking spaces for up to two or four times the usual authorized parking time limit without incurring additional costs. .
As part of registration, licensing and stamp duty concessions, eligible Tasmanians can also benefit from reduced driving license fees, exemption from annual motor vehicle taxes, a reduction in motor vehicle registration fees, an exemption from stamp duty for vehicle purchases or transfers and a one-third reduction in party insurance premiums.
With transport costs being a significant part of most household budgets, the Tasmanian Transport Access Scheme helps eligible Tasmanians keep more money in their pockets.
To find out if you are eligible, go to transport.tas.gov.au or call 1300 135 513
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