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Australian taxi drivers welcome new $3,000 wheelchair accessible taxi exemption

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Australian taxi drivers have welcomed a new exemption on wheelchair accessible taxis that will save them $3,000 on new vehicles.

The State Taxation and Treasury Laws Amendment Bill 2022 has introduced a new motor vehicle exemption for wheelchair accessible commercial passenger vehicles, which will save operators $3 $000 on their next vehicle starting July 1, 2022.

The exemption means taxi drivers who are able to hire and pick up unbooked work can save thousands of dollars if they invest in a wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) less than two years old.

Rod Barton MLC, leader of the Transport Matters Party, said in Magazine Drive Now“These vehicles are crucial in our community and are used by thousands of Victorians living with a disability – making this transition a big win for essential Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT) vehicles in our state.

“Yes, these vehicles are expensive and in many cases financially unsustainable; we know this because taxi drivers and operators have begged for help to keep this essential service on our roads. Unfortunately, the operation of this service has relied heavily on cross-subsidization, meaning that an operator can only provide WAT service if they are subsidized by more profitable work like a standard taxi sedan.

“This exemption is the result of my representations to the Treasurer. Not only does he recognize the importance of our WATs and their essential role in our community, but he supports and brings value to the passengers who use them.

‘There are requirements for this exemption however – vehicles must meet the requirements to provide non-booked work and must be less than two years old.