NSW GoGet launches carshare vehicle for people with disability

GoGet carshare is planning transport for people with a disability, launching a fully accessible carsharing vehicle, with the support of Spinal Cord Injuries Australia (SCIA).

 

Australia’s first and largest carshare provider launched the vehicle at the Royal North Shore Hospital today with NSW Minister for Disability Services John Ajaka, representatives from the Hospital and the SCIA.

 

The vehicle, an eight-seater, Kia Carnival, is equipped with a single wheelchair rear entry with hydraulic floor and was converted by Right Priced Conversions, a specialist in accessible vehicles.

 

The vehicle can accommodate a wide range of wheelchairs. According to SCIA, the vehicle is poised to revolutionise the provision of transport for people with disability.

 

“Creating a truly inclusive and accessible community requires changing how we think about providing services, including transport. GoGet and SCIA should be commended for being at the forefront of that change,” said Mr Ajaka.

 

“This innovative approach will help people with disability get to where they want to go, and most importantly allow them live life their way.”

 

The new accessible vehicle represents a pilot for GoGet, and should it prove successful more accessible vehicles will be rolled out across NSW and eventually nationally.

 

Peter Perry, CEO of SCIA said, “We are very excited by the launch of this new vehicle and wholeheartedly support the initiative. Difficulty in accessing appropriate transportation can be a real barrier to independence and can be very isolating.

This vehicle will help to open up people’s worlds and allow them to do things others take for granted – such as a day trip with their family. We hope that this will be the first of many so that even more people can benefit moving forward.”

 

GoGet carshare, which has 80,000 members in Australia and is active in transport research and development, is the first mainstream carshare provider in the world to support an accessible carshare vehicle.

 

For more information about GoGet, see https://www.goget.com.au/

 

12 April 2016.