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Extending SG Enable's Taxi Scheme to Individuals under Special Circumstances

Type: Parliamentary Questions

Topic(s): Disability Services


Ms Raeesah Khan asked the Minister for Social and Family Development (a) whether SG Enable’s Taxi Subsidy Scheme has been extended to individuals whose monthly per capita household income is above $2,800 due to special circumstances of the applicant; (b) if so, how many of such cases are there and what are the reasons for doing so; and (c) whether the Ministry will consider subsidising (i) trips other than those between the home and workplace/school, subject to a cap and (ii) trips by private hire operators for persons in wheelchairs who face limited vehicle options.

Answer

1. The Taxi Subsidy Scheme helps to defray the cost of taxis and private hire vehicles, for Persons with Disabilities attending school, work or employment-related training. The scheme is designed for individuals who meet the means-test criteria, and are medically certified to be unable to take public transport. MSF has increased the monthly per capita household income from $2,600 to $2,800 in Jan 2020 to enable more individuals to qualify for the scheme. Currently, we do not have any individuals on the scheme who exceed the per capita household income criteria. Needy individuals who miss the criteria may appeal and we will assess them on a case-by-case basis.

2. Besides the Taxi Subsidy Scheme that subsidises transportation to schools, training venues and workplaces, MSF also subsidises the cost of dedicated transport for Persons with Disabilities attending Government funded programmes through the Voluntary Welfare Organisation Transport Subsidy Scheme. These Government funded programmes include the Early Intervention Programme for Infants and Children, Day Activity Centres, Sheltered Workshop and Special Student Care Centres.

3. Eligible Persons with Disabilities who require assistance in travelling to medical appointments or treatment at acute and community hospitals, specialised outpatient clinics and polyclinics, may also tap on the Medical Escort and Transport service administered by the Agency for Integrated Care.

4. MSF will continue to review our transport subsidy schemes periodically to ensure that they remain relevant and affordable for our clients.