Getting out and about is vitally important for our mental health and overall wellbeing! It can be a tricky thing to manage however if you are not able to drive, or struggle with (or not able to access) public transport.
This is where the Total Mobility Scheme (known as TMS) comes in. It is open to people with a permanent, temporary, or fluctuating disability that prevents them from travelling on buses, trains or ferries, or getting to or from where the public transport starts or ends.
Funded by local regional councils, and in conjunction with the NZTA (New Zealand Transport Agency/Waka Kotahi), the TMS provides door to door discounted travel with Driving Miss Daisy, allowing you to travel in a safe, and dignified manner. You’ll need to apply to become a Total Mobility Scheme card holder. There’s a number of different agencies that can help with this, it’s easy to do and your local Age Concern is a good place to start. They can help with determining if you are eligible and assist with the process of applying.
Once you have been accepted, you can begin to access discounted travel! Your fare is subsidised by 50% per trip (up to a maximum regional subsidy cap which is set by your local regional council).
Driving Miss Daisy are an accredited Total Mobility Scheme Provider. We’re proud to say that we have been delivering the Total Mobility Scheme for over a decade, covering most regions throughout New Zealand.
You can be reassured that when you book with us, we will 100% tailor the service to meet your needs. A door to door service with us is our “standard”!, and all of our Franchise Owners and Drivers are fully NZTA trained to transport passengers with impairment or disabilities. Many of our ‘Daisies’ can offer a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle on request. They hold a p-Endorsement licence, First Aid Certificate, are Dementia-friendly trained and have additional Police Vetting that includes a Children/Youth/Elderly and Vulnerable Adult check.
Our aim is to provide independence and peace of mind for you and your loved ones. The Total Mobility Scheme helps to make it just that little bit easier.