DRC Southland is a registered assessor agency for the Total Mobility/Ridewise subsidised taxi scheme.
The scheme is for people with disabilities, and each trip entitles the user to a maximum subsidy of $25 per one way trip. Our assessor will help work out how many trips per week you are eligible for and if you qualify for the scheme.
Who is eligible for Total Mobility Subsidised Taxis?
The scheme is available to people who because of physical, sensory, intellectual, neurological or psychological disability are unable to:
• proceed to the nearest bus stop
• board and ride securely
• proceed from the destination stop to the trip end without assistance
How do I apply?
Call us at DRC Southland on 214 5000 to make an assessment appointment time. The assessments are done at our Gala St, Invercargill premises and take about 15 minutes to complete. We also take your photograph for your Ridewise card.
DRC Southland Van Service
The DRC Southland Van service is available for Invercargill residents (excluding Otatara) from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 9.15am and 3.30pm.
This service is for people who require transport to medical appointments within the city.
To book the van phone 214 5000, preferably the day before your appointment, to ensure your seat. You will need to inform us of your name, address and phone number; your appointment time and location; and whether you require a ride home after your appointment.
We charge $5 each way per person, to help cover the costs of operating this valuable community service.
• Can I bring a support person?
Yes, a support person is welcome to join you. Please let us know when booking the van.
• Can I use this service if my child has an appointment?
Yes, a parent or caregiver can access the service. Please bring your own car seat in required.
Please note: the DRC Southland van is not wheelchair accessible and it is compulsory you can board the van unassisted for health and safety reasons.