Find out about the Multi Purpose Taxi Program Expansion Project
The Multi Purpose Taxi Program (MPTP) assists with the travel needs of people with severe and permanent disabilities by offering subsidised taxi fares to members.
Multi Purpose Taxi Program Expansion Project
In the future we aim to introduce more transport options for MPTP passengers, so that soon you can choose to take a taxi or hire car, including rideshare service.
As part of a new MPTP Expansion Project, we’re currently partnering with both taxi and hire car (including rideshare) Booking Service Providers to trial technology that may enable them to carry MPTP passengers, subject to strict controls.
We’re working with industry to ensure their technology is compatible with ours, that they can offer you a safe service and that your entitlements don’t change (you receive the full subsidy and don’t not have to pay a lifting fee).
We’ll notify our MPTP members of the results of the trial, and any new transport options available to them at the conclusion and evaluation of all trials.
Oiii vehicles are now providing services to MPTP passengers
Following the successful completion of their trial as part of the MPTP Expansion Project, Oiii vehicles are now providing services to MPTP passengers.
MPTP members travelling in Oiii vehicles have their member cards processed differently than in other commercial passenger vehicles. Oiii vehicles operate in Melbourne and use a tablet device that acts as a card reader, GPS and trip meter. The tablet displays a driver’s identification, records MPTP member details, calculates MPTP member subsidies and processes payments, when providing commercial passenger vehicle services to MPTP members.
While Oiii’s tablet device captures MPTP member information differently to other commercial passenger vehicles, it does not alter MPTP member entitlements. MPTP members will only come across this new technology if booking an Oiii vehicle via their app, hailing one on the street, or hiring one at a taxi rank. All other commercial passenger vehicles continue to use an EFTPOS machine to check MPTP member eligibility and calculate fare subsidies.
For queries or more information about Oiii’s services for MPTP members, please phone Oiii on 8394 6812. Find out more on the Oiii website.
The MPTP subsidy pays for 50% of your fare up to a maximum of $60 per trip. Your fare may include the new $1 per trip levy. It may be charged as a separate item, or the Booking Service Provider may incorporate it into your fare. This will be covered by your subsidy.
You will need to pay for the cost of any road tolls, airport fee/s and Silver Service. They are not included in the subsidy.
MPTP subsidy - 50% of the metered fare
More details about fares
All unbooked (taxi rank and hail services) will continue to operate as they do now. Since 2014, unbooked commercial passenger vehicle services in regional and country Victoria can set their own fares. This remains the same, so there are no changes.
Fare information for all unbooked services will be displayed on the inside of the vehicle, where you can see them. They will also be displayed on the outside of the vehicle on the left-hand side. This information should provide you with the hiring rates, and all fees and charges.
From 2 July 2018, when you book a service using an application, the phone or the internet the Booking Service Provider can charge different fare rates at different times. This also applies to taxis that you book using these methods. You may notice a difference with your taxi fare when you book a taxi, versus taking one from a rank or hailing it from the street. If you request an estimate of the fare when you book the service, they must provide you with this, or the fixed price fare.
Lifting fees for MPTP passengers with a wheelchair or mobility scooter
Commercial Passenger Vehicles Victoria (CPVV) pays a lifting fee when a driver loads and unloads an MPTP passenger travelling in a wheelchair or scooter into a wheelchair accessible vehicle.