N-Rivers taxis on an aged rescue mission
Taxi services in Lismore, Casino and Kyogle are offering discount travel for seniors one day a week, in a bid to ease the load on Northern Rivers Community Transport.
Lismore Taxis and Casino Taxis are offering reduced fares on Tuesdays between 9.30am and 2pm, while in Kyogle seniors can save on travel costs every Thursday between 8.30am and 5pm.
Community Transport helps people who don't have their own transport or have difficulties using public transport.
Lismore City Council Community Project Officer Tricia Shantz said Community Transport had closed its books to new clients so local taxi services were working together with Community Transport to provide more inexpensive transport for aged pensioners.
Ms Shantz said taxi operators in Lismore would only charge a flat fare on Tuesdays: $5 for travel within the Lismore CBD, $8 from Lismore Heights into the city and $10 from Goonellabah.
"This is offering something that hasn't been offered before," she said. "Older people don't drive very much but they do need to get into town because that's where the services are.
"They can go to the movies, shopping, doctors appointments and the drivers are happy to as- sist in carrying parcels to the seniors' doorstops."
Lismore Taxi Co-operative chairman Doug Lawrence said with Community Transport closing its books, there weren't many transport options left for older people.
"We offer a transport service with a personal touch," he said.
Lismore Taxis can be contacted on 131008, Casino Taxis on 66621484 and Kyogle Taxis on 66321555.
Seniors must make it clear to the operator they are eligible to take advantage of Taxi Tuesday.