The Total Mobility Scheme provides a subsidised taxi service for clients who meet the eligibility criteria.
An eligible person must have an impairment that prevents them from undertaking any one or more of the following components of a journey unaccompanied on a bus, train or ferry in a safe and dignified manner:
- Getting to the place where the transport departs
- Getting on to the transport
- Riding securely
- Getting off the transport
- Getting to the destination.
Total Mobility discounted taxi fare scheme users can choose from the following list of five APPROVED taxi companies:
Blue Star Taxis: ph (03) 379 9820 (between 9:00am and 4:00pm)
Driving Miss Daisy: ph 0800 948 432
First Direct: ph (03) 377 2789
Freedom Companion Driving: ph (03) 352 1599 or 027 364 6877
Gold Band Taxis: ph (03) 379 5795
The regional council (Environment Canterbury WILL NOT pay a subsidy to any taxi company that has not been APPROVED to participate in the Total Mobility scheme. Each approved service provider MUST have at least one wheelchair accessible vehicle available 24 hours, 7 days a week.
Enquiries should be directed to the agency most relevant to the particular disability an individual has. If an individual has a disability that is not covered specifically by one of the agencies below, then contact Age Concern Canterbury on (03) 3660903.
The following is a list of approved agents to distribute Total Mobility cards in Christchurch:-
Age Concern Canterbury 366 0903
Arthritis Society (03) 366 8383
Alzheimers (03) 379 2590
Amputee Society (03) 382 1873
Aspire Canterbury (formerly Disabled Persons Trust) (03) 366 6189
Cancer Society (03) 379 5835
CCS Disability Action Canterbury, NZCCS (03) 365 5661 (People need to be clients of CCS)
Epilepsy New Zealand Canterbury West Coast 0800 20 21 22
IDEA (formerly IHC) (03) 341 9200
Multiple Sclerosis/Parkinsons Society (03) 366 2857
Neuromuscular Alliance (formerly Muscular Dystrophy Association) (03) 377 8010
Parafed Canterbury (03) 385 4449
Blind Low Vision NZ (members only) (03) 375 4300
Stroke Foundation (03) 381 8500