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Multi Purpose Taxi Program

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 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.

MPTP subsidy

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.

For example:

Metered fare
This may include the $1 per trip levy

$50.00

MPTP subsidy - 50% of the metered fare

$25.00

Member pays

$25.00

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.

When offering booked trips, BSPs can set their own fares regardless of whether they offer a taxi or rideshare service. Regardless of what the BSP charges its customer for a booked trip, the MPTP subsidy rules mean that the subsidy is currently paid at 50 per cent of the maximum fare for unbooked trips in the relevant zone. In Country zones, the subsidy is currently paid at 50 per cent of the maximum fare which applied before Country BSPs were able to set their own fares.

For example, if a passenger books a taxi trip and it costs $10, that same trip may have only cost $8 under the maximum fare if they had hailed the taxi off the street.  In that case, the BSP is required to apply the MPTP subsidy of $4 – that is, 50 per cent of the maximum unbooked fare.  The customer would be required to pay the balance of the total fare, in this case $6, which is more than 50 per cent of the total cost of the trip.

For example:

Metered fare
This may include the $1 per trip levy

$10.00

Maximum fare

The subsidy is currently paid at 50 per cent of the maximum fare which applied before country BSPs were able to set their own fares.

$8.00

MPTP subsidy - 50% of the maximum fare

$4.00

Remaining total member pays

$6.00

Please see below for the maximum fares rates:

Metropolitan: Melbourne, Dandenong, Frankston, Mornington Peninsula

Fare Structure 1: rates based on ‘time or distance’ charging

Rate

Flag fall

Distance 
(applies when the speed is above 21km per hour)

Time 
(applies when the speed is below 21km per hour)

Day Rate (9am – 5pm)

$4.20

$1.622 per kilometre

$0.568 per minute

Overnight Rate (5pm – 9am)

$5.20

$1.804 per kilometre

$0.631 per minute

Peak Rate (10pm – 4am Friday and Saturday and all-day Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and from 6pm New Year’s Eve until midnight at the end of New Year’s Day)

$6.20

$1.986 per kilometre

$0.695 per minute

Fare Structure 2: rates based on ‘time and distance’ charging

Under this fare structure, in addition to the fixed flagfall, your fare depends on the overall journey time and distance – regardless of how fast the vehicle travels. Time and distance rates both apply for the whole journey. Under this fare structure, you can calculate what your journey should cost, without needing to know how fast you were travelling.

Rate

Flag fall

Distance 
(applies at all times throughout the journey)

Time 
(applies at all times throughout the journey)

Day Rate (9am – 5pm)

$4.20

$1.342 per kilometre

$0.3444 per minute

Overnight Rate (5pm – 9am)

$5.20

$1.490 per kilometre

$0.379 per minute

Peak Rate (10pm – 4am Friday and Saturday and all-day Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and from 6pm New Year’s Eve until midnight at the end of New Year’s Day)

$6.20

$1.648 per kilometre

$0.408 per minute

Extras accepted by the back-office system for the metropolitan zone: High occupancy fee ($14), Booking fee ($2), Levy recovery fee ($1.10).

Urban: Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo

Fare Structure 1: rates based on ‘time or distance’ charging

Under this fare structure, in addition to the fixed flagfall, your fare rate depends on the speed at which the vehicle is moving. You will pay according to either the distance covered (while the vehicle is moving quickly) or the time spent (while the vehicle is moving slowly). The total fare will likely include a combination of these time and distance charges.

Rate

Flag fall

Distance

(applies at all times throughout the journey)

Time

(applies at all times throughout the journey)

Standard rate - for vehicles carrying up to four passengers

$3.60

$1.494 per kilometre

$0.491 per minute

High occupancy rate - for five or more passengers (including a person(s) who uses a wheelchair or other mobility aid) or where the hirer specifically requests a larger than standard vehicle regardless of the number of passengers (except where the booking is for a person(s) who uses a wheelchair or other mobility aid)

$3.60

$2.441 per kilometre

$0.529 per minute

Fare Structure 2: rates based on ‘time and distance’ charging

Under this fare structure, in addition to the fixed flagfall, your fare depends on the overall journey time and distance – regardless of how fast the vehicle travels. Time and distance rates both apply for the whole journey. Under this fare structure, you can calculate what your journey should cost, without needing to know how fast you were travelling.

Rate

Flag fall

Distance

(applies at all times throughout the journey)

Time

(applies at all times throughout the journey)

Standard rate - for vehicles carrying up to four passengers

$3.60

$1.494 per kilometre

$0.491 per minute

High occupancy rate - for five or more passengers (including a person(s) who uses a wheelchair or other mobility aid) or where the hirer specifically requests a larger than standard vehicle regardless of the number of passengers (except where the booking is for a person(s) who uses a wheelchair or other mobility aid)

$3.60

$2.441 per kilometre

$0.529 per minute

Extras accepted by the back-office system for the urban zone: Booking fee ($2), Levy recovery fee ($1.10).

Country: anywhere outside metro/urban, includes Bellarine Peninsula and Torquay

Standard fare

Flagfall

$3.70

Distance ($/km) when the speed is above 21km/hr

$1.879

Time ($/min) when the speed is below 21km/hr

$0.658

High occupancy fare

Flagfall

$3.70

Distance ($/km) when the speed is above 21km/hr

$2.818

Time ($/min) when the speed is below 21km/hr

$0.987

Extras accepted by the back-office system for the country zone: Booking fee ($2.10), Levy recovery fee ($1.10).

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.

More information