Midlothian Council operates a Taxicard Scheme for people already owning a taxi card, which gives concessionary travel on taxis for mobility impaired people in Midlothian. The Taxi Card does not take any new applications.
The Taxicard scheme is aimed at Midlothian residents who are unable to travel on local bus services. Maybe people find it difficult to get on a bus because they have a physical disability, use a walking aid, are registered blind or they cannot manage to reach their local bus stops. The Midlothian Taxicard could be the answer to keeping that bit of independence, giving confidence to get out of the house.
The Taxicard can be used for any purpose - visiting friends, going shopping, keeping a hospital appointment etc. Each Taxicard holder can take up to 104 single taxi journeys each year - effectively that’s one round trip per week. The Taxicard does not pay for the whole journey; it gives you a discount off of the fare. Taxis are specially adapted vehicles to transport wheelchair users - only normal sized wheelchairs up to 700 Millimetres wide and up to 1200 Millimetres long and less than 200KG, (this is combined weight of wheelchair and passenger). When booking please advise you are a wheelchair user. Some private hire vehicles can carry larger wheelchairs.
The Taxicard can be used at any time, day or night, 365 days a year. Most taxi operators now have vehicles that can accommodate people sitting in their wheelchairs - remember to check when booking.
Those people who already have the Taxi card can carry on using them. If you have questions please contact the Travel Team in Dalkeith –
Tel: 0131 561 5455 or
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
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