FREEDOM:  The Council Cabs service does more than allow people to do their shopping once a week, it gives a feeling of independence and for many becomes a social outing.
FREEDOM: The Council Cabs service does more than allow people to do their shopping once a week, it gives a feeling of independence and for many becomes a social outing.

Council Cab trial offers freedom to the over-60s

COUNCIL Cabs is a trial service that Toowoomba's over-60s and people with disabilities have taken to their hearts over the past year.

The service offers eligible seniors and disabled people a $2 each-way shared taxi service to their local shopping centre once a week.

"Some people use it to do their shopping, others as a social outing," Community Development's Darryl Bates said.

"For a lot of people it has made them feel more independent in that they can go out themselves without always depending on family or friends to take them."

The good news is that the trial has been extended until June 29, when it will be reviewed to ensure the community's needs are still being met.

"The service has been extremely well received and currently we have around 300 registered users. Some people use the service once a week and others once a month, but together it adds up to around 200 return trips (250 passengers) per month," Mr Bates said.

The service, which picks up at 9am, has also improved, originally offering only a four-hour return window, but now offering a choice of return trips at 11am or 1pm.

Taxis run on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, depending where you live, with the service covering a huge area including Toowoomba, Crows Nest, Highfields, Oakey, Pittsworth and Cambooya. It is open to those with an eligible concession or pension card.

Just call 1300 811 394 before 12pm on the day before your trip.

The taxi driver will assist with walking aids, wheelchair accessible maxi-taxis are available, and carers will also be transported where needed.

Call council on 131 872 to find out more.


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