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Disabled people are less likely to be employed than the general population or other minorities. Employment for disabled people is often limited by opportunity and employers attitudes rather than disability.

Although one in five working age people in New Zealand have some form of disability, most have little or no barrier to working in some kind of paid employment given the right support. Many highly capable New Zealanders could be part of the workforce if barriers to their employment were removed. 74% of disabled people want to work. This website will help remove barriers.

Total Mobility Scheme

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Total Mobility scheme

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My new online DAG New Zealand will bring issues and barriers to the attention of Local Councils and Governments in the hope of changing them to something positive to benefit all people both the disabled and non disabled.

Total Mobility scheme do you miss out

As CEO/ and Chairperson of the new Online Disability Advisory Group New Zealand, I find the Total Mobility Scheme poorly throught out. This has to be one of my biggest concerns, I am 85% + disabled, walking anywhere even 50 metres can be hard and painful.

I get around my own house all right there are walls to bounce off and carpet on the floor, I drag my feet rather than lift then, while out if a crack or uneven surface stops my feet moving I fall over, so I use a mobility scooter while out and do not need a wheelchair around home.

It is 2018 the world loves electric cars

Electric cars are well catered for with charging stations popping up, / Electric Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter technology is moving forward at a high rate as well, mobility scooters were introduced in New Zealand in 1974 by Fisher and Paykel. People such as myself that can manage at home without a wheelchair have turned to mobility scooters to get out and about, these scooters give disabled like me a real joy and connection with people and places.

This is the issue with the total mobility scheme

They cater only for wheelchair users, people like myself that use mobility scooters are totally forgotten about, so many places I would love to be able to go, and this will effect mobility scooter users all over New Zealand, I would love to watch more sports or be able to explore more places, but I will need my mobility scooter. if the total mobility scheme does not carry mobility scooters then its not total mobility because a big section of society is missing out

About the Total Mobility scheme

This guide provides an overview for Total Mobility scheme users and contact information for regions operating the scheme in New Zealand.

What is the Total Mobility scheme?

Funded in partnership by local and central government, the total mobility scheme assists eligible people, with long term impairments to access appropriate transport to meet their daily needs and enhance their community participation.

It provides:

  • vouchers or electronic cards to eligible scheme members that subsidise the normal transport fare by 50% up to a maximum fare (set by the relevant regional council, or Auckland Transport)
  • funding to scheme providers to help purchase and install wheelchair hoists
  • payment to the owner of the wheelchair accessible vehicle for each total mobility scheme member who requires the use of a wheelchair hoist or ramp on a trip.

Who administers the scheme?

The scheme is managed and operated by regional councils.

How does the Total Mobility scheme work?

Scheme users are issued with an electronic card or a book of vouchers. You can obtain an electronic card or vouchers from the relevant regional council. Total mobility subsidies can be claimed anywhere in New Zealand where the scheme operates.

The subsidy per trip is 50% of the fare, up to a maximum subsidy. The maximum subsidy varies between regions; these costs are available under the regional information in this guide. If the total fare is more than the maximum subsidy you must meet the additional cost.

Read more about the scheme

For general information about the scheme, visit:
www.transport.govt.nz/ourwork/Land/the-Total-Mobility-Scheme/(external link)


While this guide provides information about the Total Mobility scheme, it does not guarantee travel. Factors outside of the control of the NZ Transport Agency may influence the availability of users to travel, such as individual regional council policies on subsidising out-of-town travel.

In addition, while the scheme has widespread support, individual transport operators may refuse to honour the card and/or vouchers. We recommend that you book your transport service by phone or check with the operator that they accept the card or vouchers before you start your journey.

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