Under the Total Mobility scheme, the Council provides transport assistance to help people with impairments to get out and about in their communities.
New swipe cards
The Total Mobility Scheme in Taranaki is changing from a voucher-based system to a personalised ID swipe card system. The change is expected to commence on Monday 31 July. Existing members will receive their new swipe cards by that date.
The application process and the subsidy paid by the Taranaki Regional Council for transport costs are unchanged.
The Taranaki Regional Council’s Total Mobility team is happy to answer your queries – phone 0800 868 662.
Total Mobility is a nationwide scheme aimed at assisting people with impairments to become more mobile and active in the community by providing transport assistance through approved taxi companies and companion driving services.
The Council’s Total Mobility Scheme provides discounted fares for eligible members who otherwise have no or limited access to public transport services. Whatever your need, including getting to medical appointments or to the supermarket, Total Mobility makes it easier by saving you up to half the cost of a normal fare.
How does Total Mobility work?
When you join Total Mobility you’ll be issued a personal ID swipe card and a user guide explaining the scheme with member terms and conditions.
Every time you make a one-way trip, your ID swipe card is swiped by the driver through a card reader. This electronically records your details and the details of your trip.
For each one-way trip you make your trip is subsidised by 50% up to a maximum subsidy of $20 (50% of a $40 fare), with you paying the remaining portion of the fare.
Where can I use the scheme?
Total Mobility is available in the Taranaki region and throughout many other centres in New Zealand. It is administered at a local level by participating regional councils who approve qualifying transport operators. Please note, not all transport operators are approved scheme providers.
The use of the magnetic stripe TM card is not available in all regions but is available in all of the major cities in NZ (Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin).
In regions where vouchers are still being used you will need ‘out of region’ vouchers. Contact the Total Mobility team on 0800 868 662 at least 10 working days in advance to discuss your requirements. Trips are subject to the local maximum subsidy in the region you are visiting.
Your pre-travel ‘out of region’ checklist:
- Check that the transport operator is part of the Total Mobility Scheme.
- Check whether they accept the TM swipe cards or vouchers.
- If vouchers, contact the Total Mobility team at least 10 days before travelling to request that vouchers be posted to you.
Click on the links for information on Taranaki-approved operators or extensive information about Total Mobility throughout New Zealand, or phone the Total Mobility team on 0800 868 662 for assistance.
Other transport assistance
Total Mobility is only one of several transport assistance services available for people with impairments in Taranaki. Click on the link for more information.