Taxi Subsidy Scheme
If you are a resident of NSW and are unable to use public transport because of a severe and permanent disability, you may be eligible to a subsidy of 50% of a taxi fare, up to a maximum subsidy of $60 and only pay the remaining fare. This includes travel in wheelchair accessible taxis.
To be eligible for the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme you must:
- be a permanent resident of Australia
- normally reside in NSW
- not be a member of a similar scheme in another Australian state or territory
- be over school age (preschool aged children, regardless of disability, are ineligible for inclusion in the scheme)
- have a severe and permanent disability in one of the specified categories.
Please note: Transport for NSW reserves the right to decline your application if you have previously been suspended or removed from the NSW Scheme or a similar scheme in another state or territory.
Eligible categories of disability
- Unable to walk or stand. Mobile only in a wheelchair due to a physical disability or
- Mobile outside of home only with a wheelchair due to a physical disability or
- Severe and permanent ambulatory problem that cannot functionally be improved which limits walking to a distance of 20 metres or less without rest and also:
- necessitates permanent use of a walking aid for all mobility or
- necessitates the constant assistance of another person for all mobility or
- unable to independently ascend or descend three or more consecutive steps of 350mm height.
- Total loss of vision in both eyes or severe permanent impairment of 6/60 or less in each eye or
- Field of vision reduced to 10 degrees or less all round or
- Total loss of lower half field of vision which cannot functionally be improved correcting lenses or other treatment or
- Homonymous hemianopsia with significant mobility limitations
Severe and uncontrollable epilepsy.
- Severe permanent intellectual disabilities which render the person incapable of travelling on public transport without the constant assistance of another person or
- Severe cognitive or memory impairment such that the applicant:
- is unable to be aware of or communicate destination or
- is unable to manage the payment of fares or
- exhibits socially unacceptable behaviour.
- Severe and permanent communication difficulties necessitating the constant assistance of another person to use public transport or
- Total and permanent functional loss of both upper limbs which renders the person incapable of travelling on public transport without the constant assistance of another person.
How to apply
To apply, you need to fill out an application form and provide supporting documents from your medical practitioner or treating specialist, so that the severity of your disability or medical condition can be assessed by Transport for NSW independent medical assessors.
However before completing the application, applicants are required to read and agree to the TTSS terms and conditions outlined below.
Participation is not means tested. Receipt of an aged, invalid, blind or any other pension does not automatically qualify you for participation in the TTSS.
To get an application form:
- download and print the TTSS application form (pdf 580KB)
- call 131 500 to request a form by mail.
Fill out your personal details then give it to your medical practitioner or treating specialist for completion. Sign and date the form before mailing it back.
How it works
The Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme is a docket system. TTSS provides a subsidy of up to half the metered fare, to a maximum of $60 subsidy per trip. Only one travel docket can be used per journey.
When you apply for TTSS you will be sent dockets specific to your needs. When you travel, hand the driver a completed docket for 50% of the fare up to $60. You pay the remaining fare.
For example: if the metered fare is $80, you can use the travel docket for $40 and you pay the remaining $40 yourself. If the metered fare is $140, you can use the travel docket for the maximum of $60, and you pay the remaining $80 yourself.
Download the information booklet to help answer further questions about TTSS.
No change to docket usage
As the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is being rolled out across NSW, please note that the scheme will not change the way customers use their TTSS dockets. Visit the National Disability Insurance Scheme website for further information or call 1800 800 110.
Each book of travel dockets contains either 20 (interstate) or 50 dockets.
A green re-order form for travel documents is located in the middle of each book.
All orders for a book of travel dockets must include your full name, address, TTSS account number and date of birth.
If you need to order a new book of travel dockets, you may:
- Complete the re-order form supplied and return it to the address shown on the book re-order form; or
- Write to the Scheme’s administrative office requesting a new book of travel dockets. If able, you must sign this request. If you are unable to write you can ask someone to write and sign on your behalf; or
- Order your book of travel dockets online;
- Telephone orders are only accepted from participants with a visual impairment.
A Wheelchair Accessible Taxi (WAT) has been modified to safely accommodate at least one wheelchair. If you are a TTSS participant and need a wheelchair at all times for mobility away from home, you may travel by WAT.
TTSS travel dockets that permit travel by WAT have an account number starting with either “08” or “09” (for example, 08123123). The account number is located at the bottom of each docket.
If you need to change your dockets so you can use a WAT, contact the Scheme's administrative office to get a mobility change request form.
You can order interstate travel dockets for travel in other states and territories. Allow at least 2–3 weeks turnaround when ordering.
Please Contact TTSS to order your interstate docket book.
Regular TTSS travel dockets cannot be used outside of NSW except for the border towns of Albury-Wodonga, Echuca-Moama, Tweed Heads-Coolangatta, Cobram-Wahgunyah and Queanbeyan-Canberra.
If your name or address changes, advise TTSS of your new details by mail or online. See Contact TTSS.
Please include details of both your old and new name and/or address, date of birth, TTSS account number and a contact phone number.
If you are changing your name, you should also send a copy of a deed poll or a certificate of marriage issued by the NSW Registry of Births Deaths & Marriages.
You may submit a complaint about the administration of the Scheme by contacting the Concessions Manager using our feedback form. If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you may write to the NSW Ombudsman.
If you have a complaint about the use of travel dockets you should contact the Scheme’s administrative office using our feedback form.
To complain about the quality of a taxi service you can call the Taxi hotline on 1800 648 478. For most taxi complaints you will be asked to provide:
- Your details;
- The date and approximate time of the incident;
- The taxi plate number;
- The taxi driver’s authority number (the photo authority is normally located on the taxi’s dashboard or window);
- The taxi network (usually located on the outside front doors of the taxi).
Mail: PO Box K659, Haymarket NSW 1240
Phone: 131 500
Online: via our feedback form
If you are deaf, or have a hearing impairment or speech impairment, you may contact us through the national relay service:
Terms and conditions
As a Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme (TTSS) participant, you must use your travel vouchers in accordance with the conditions of use.
A breach of these conditions may lead to your removal from further participation in the Scheme and/or prosecution.
The benefit available to you as a participant of the Scheme is subsidised taxi travel, which is provided strictly in accordance with the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme as determined by the Secretary, Transport for NSW from time to time.
By applying for admittance to the Scheme and by using the travel dockets, you agree to observe the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme applicable at the time of docket use.
You acknowledge that you may be suspended or removed from participation in the Scheme and/or be prosecuted if you breach these Terms and Conditions.
You are responsible for remaining aware of the provisions of the Terms and Conditions, as they apply at the time of travel, as published on the Transport for NSW website or provided to you.
- A travel docket may only be used in a taxi within NSW. A travel docket cannot be used in a Hire Car, Bus or any other type of vehicle that is not a taxi.
- A travel docket may be used only by the participant whose name and account number appears on the docket.
- You must not sell, exchange, lend or give away your travel dockets.
- You are responsible for the safe keeping of your book of travel dockets and you must not leave your blank travel dockets with a taxi driver.
- You must provide proof of your identity if requested by a taxi driver and the taxi driver may refuse to provide you with subsidised travel if you are unable to do so.
- Both NSW travel dockets and interstate travel vouchers must be fully completed. Wherever possible, you must complete the relevant sections such as date, time, trip details, total fare, the proportion of the fare you pay, the amount of the subsidy (up to a maximum subsidy limit of $60 per trip) and signature. On interstate travel vouchers, the State or Territory in which the voucher has been used must also be completed:
a. If you are unable to complete a travel docket or interstate travel voucher, an accompanying person can complete it and sign on your behalf. The person’s relationship to you should also be recorded.
b. A taxi driver should only complete your travel docket or interstate travel voucher if you are unable to do so and you do not have a carer or other person accompanying you. The driver should indicate “P.U.T.S.” (Passenger Unable To Sign) in the passenger’s signature box.
- If you lose or have your travel dockets stolen, you must notify us in writing indicating the circumstances surrounding the theft or loss. You may notify us by post, fax or email and we will arrange for a new book of travel dockets to be sent to you.
- Transport for NSW is not responsible for reimbursing to you any taxi fare expenses under any circumstances.
- If you change your name or address, you must write to us and advise us of your new details. You must include details of both your old and new name/address, date of birth, TTSS account number, and a contact phone number.
- If you change your name, you must send to us a copy of the relevant documents regarding your name change, e.g. marriage certificate, copy of deed poll. We will then issue you with a new book of travel dockets in your new name. You must return to us any unused travel dockets issued under your previous name.
- If your medical condition improves so that you may no longer meet the eligibility criteria you must advise us so your participation in the Scheme can be reviewed.
- If your medical condition changes so that you now travel in a wheelchair in taxis you must advise us so that your account details can be updated and you can be provided a different docket book.
- If you are provided with a new book of travel dockets for use when travelling in a wheelchair accessible taxi you must return any unused travel dockets from your old book(s) to us.
- You must co-operate with and respond to a request from us for an eligibility review or an independent medical eligibility assessment.
- You must co-operate with and respond to a request from us to provide information to verify that your use of the Scheme is authentic, such as when subsidy payments generated on your account appear to be abnormal or to exceed reasonable use.
- You must co-operate with and respond to a request from us for an update of your personal details.
- Your travel dockets must not be used:
a. for trips for any purpose when you are not in the taxi
b. by your family or friends or any other person.
- You must not collude with a taxi driver or any other person to provide false trip details in order to increase the subsidy payable or to avoid or reduce payment of your proportion of the fare.
- You must not use more than one travel docket for a single continuous journey to avoid paying or to reduce the fare.
- You must not use your travel dockets to pay a taxi driver a tip or gratuity.
- If your participation in the Scheme is cancelled for any reason, all unused travel dockets and vouchers must be returned to us.
- The Secretary, Transport for NSW retains the right to regularly review and revise the Terms and Conditions of the Scheme as required.
- We may warn you or we may suspend or remove you from the Taxi Transport Subsidy Scheme in cases, where:
2.1. there is evidence that you have abused the benefits available under the Scheme, or have allowed or facilitated the abuse of the benefits of the Scheme, or have defrauded or facilitated fraud of the Scheme
2.2. you fail to comply with a request to undertake an eligibility review or an independent medical eligibility assessment within a stated period of time (usually 6 weeks but dependent on such matters as availability of doctors, etc)
2.3. you fail to respond or to respond meaningfully to a request to verify your use of travel dockets within a stated period of time (usually 21 days)
2.4. you fail to comply with a request for updated personal details within a stated period of time (usually 4 weeks).
2.5. you fail to comply with a request for information within a stated period of time (usually 4 weeks)
2.6. we are unable to contact you because you have not informed us of your change of address or similar or
2.7. you have not used a travel docket for a period of three (3) years.
- You may be suspended for a period of up to 12 months or removed permanently from the Scheme depending on the circumstances, which gave rise to the suspension or removal.
- We reserve the right to extend a suspension for a period of up to a further 12 months or remove you from the Scheme if you continue to fail to respond completely to a request from us.
- If subsequent to being suspended you do not satisfy a request from us by providing all relevant information within the period of suspension you will be removed from the Scheme without further notice.
- Notwithstanding that you may meet the medical criteria for admittance to the Scheme, we may decline your application or remove you from the Scheme on the basis that you have previously been suspended or removed from the Scheme, or have been suspended or removed from an equivalent Scheme of another State or Territory, for a breach of the Terms and/or Conditions of the relevant scheme.
- You or your delegate may seek a review of a decision to suspend or remove you from the Scheme or to decline your application on grounds of a previous suspension or removal from this or an equivalent scheme by writing to the Secretary, Transport for NSW.
We may require you to verify your use of travel dockets when subsidy payments generated on your account appear to be abnormal or exceed reasonable use.
If you require assistance in responding to a request regarding your use of travel dockets you or your delegate may contact us through the contact details on this form. One of our Customer Service Officers will assist you or your authorised delegate to provide the requested information.
Any information you provide is governed by the Privacy & Personal Information Protection Act 1998 and NSW Health Records and Information Privacy Act 2002 and may be used only in connection with the purpose for which it is collected or as provided by law.
We may require you to undergo an independent medical assessment or an eligibility review to determine whether your disability meets or continues to meet the Scheme’s eligibility criteria. Your application for, or continued participation in the Scheme is subject to your cooperation with our request for you to undergo such an assessment or review. You are responsible for any medical fees associated with an eligibility review which involves your doctor completing a new application form. We are responsible for any medical fees associated with an independent medical assessment by a doctor nominated by us.