Fuel Card Handy For Pensioner Taxi Trips

Fuel Card Handy For Pensioner Taxi Trips

Western Australia Minister for Regional Development Brendon Grylls

40,000 Regional West Australians Enjoy Benefits Of The Fuel Card

Victor P Taffa

The State Government’s Country Age Pension Fuel Card Scheme reached a significant milestone, with the presentation of the 40,000th fuel card in Bunbury today.

Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said the Royalties for Regions Fuel Card scheme were making a real difference in the lives of 40,000 pensioners across Regional Western Australia.

“The Country Age Pension Fuel Card Scheme was introduced in 2009 as part of the Royalties for Regions Program to help with the travel costs of country age pensioners who generally do not have access to extensive Public Transport and are reliant on cars and taxis for their transport needs.” Mr. Grylls said.

“Cardholders are entitled to $500 towards the cost of fuel and taxi fares which helps to meet travel costs to attend medical appointments, do the shopping or visit family.”

 

“Given the increasing cost of fuel in regional WA, the Country Age Pension Fuel Card is certainly helping those who need it most.”

The Minister presented the 40,000th card to local resident Alicia Manolas in Bunbury today.

“Miss Manolas highlighted the card gives her more independence because she relies heavily on taxi services to get her to and from medical appointments.” Mr. Grylls said.

Approximately 45,000 country pensioners who receive Centrelink age pension, Department of Veterans’ Affairs service age pension, DVA Social Security age pension, DVA Income Support Supplement pension, or benefit categories Widow B, Disability Support, Carer Payment and Wife pension are eligible for the card.

Mr. Grylls encouraged all eligible pensioners who have not already applied for the fuel card to do so as soon as possible.