More doors are opening for Victoria’s Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) members thanks to a new trial between Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) and Uber.
As part of CPVV’s MPTP Expansion Program, 500 Greater Geelong-based MPTP members will be sent invitations to participate in the Greater Geelong trial, with sign-ups limited to 100. Eligible MPTP members will be able to choose subsidised travel with Uber between Wednesday 25 March 2020 and Sunday 31 May 2020 (inclusive), in addition to their regular taxi services. At this stage, the trial does not involve wheelchair accessible vehicles.
The MPTP supports the transport needs of people with severe and permanent disabilities by subsidising commercial passenger vehicle fares. Usually, CPVV pays half the base cost of each trip taken by an MPTP member, up to $60. During the trial, Uber will pay half of the full cost of each trip, up to $60, rather than CPVV. This is standard for all MPTP Expansion trials.
CPVV is committed to expanding the program to all commercial passenger vehicles (which includes taxi and rideshare) to improve accessible transport options for MPTP members. Until now, members could only use unbooked (taxi) services, as these vehicles have the equipment to process the MPTP fares.
As well as offering MPTP members with accessibility needs more choice, the MPTP Expansion Program aims to increase competition and innovation in the accessibility point to point market.
Uber has developed the capability for their associated vehicles to offer MPTP services using the Uber app, and we have been working with them to ensure the technology is compatible with ours.
CPVV has been working with booking service providers (BSPs) and equipment suppliers to trial technology that may enable them to carry MPTP members, subject to strict controls.
Previously, CPVV worked with Net-Cabs (trading as Oiii), to successfully add another service provider for MPTP members. CPVV is also progressing discussions with other industry service providers to further expand the range of choices available to members.
Any BSP interested in offering subsidised services to MPTP members should visit this page.