Mobility scheme promoted

Waipā residents with a condition that makes travel tricky are bring to register for Total Mobility, a scheme to help make getting out in the community easier and cheaper.

The national door-to-door transport scheme involves disability agencies, taxi companies, other transport providers and local government.

Cambridge, Te Awamutu, Ōhaupō, Pirongia and other Waipā residents may be eligible for subsidised door-to-door transport with Total Mobility providers.

Waipā District Council and Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency will cover half the fare, up to $12.50 per trip, with the user paying the remainder.

Since launching in May 2019, the service has provided more than 4300 trips to Waipā residents.

Te Awamutu resident Anne Otto and her husband Geoffrey have been using the scheme since it rolled out in Waipā last year.

“With Total Mobility, we are able to spend more time out and about going to cafes, shops and appointments,” Anne said.

“We don’t hesitate to use the scheme when we need it – and we would highly recommend the service to anyone in the district who needs a little help getting from A to B.”

To register interest for the scheme, take the survey at www.waipadc.govt.nz/tm or call 0800 924 723.

Once a Waipā resident has registered their interest, they will be contacted to arrange an eligibility assessment.

Residents who register their interest before December 16 can receive a free eligibility assessment.

Total Mobility is administered by Waikato Regional Council, with support from Waipā District Council.

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