Taxicard scheme ending
Midlothian Council is reminding local people with a Taxicard, which makes single taxi journeys up to £3 cheaper, the service is stopping from the end of Sunday 31 March 2019.
Was closed to new entrants
The scheme, which closed to new entrants in April 2015, is for local people with a disability who cannot use ordinary buses or who need assistance to do so.
Package of savings
The decision to withdraw the service was made at the full Council meeting on Tuesday 12 February as part of a package of savings to bridge a budget gap of in excess of £7 million.
Pay full fare
Customers can use the same taxis currently in the Taxicard scheme, but pay full fare.
The Dial-A-Bus and Dial-A-Ride services continue to be operated by HcL on behalf of Midlothian Council. Dial-A-Bus provides transport from home to local shopping centres for people with limited mobility who cannot manage by ordinary bus. Dial-A-Ride provides a door-to-door transport service for people with limited mobility who are unable to use ordinary buses or who are isolated because of where they live or other factors.
Visit HcL transport for more details or pick up an HcL leaflet at any Midlothian library.
Ring & Go.
The Ring & Go scheme, a demand responsive taxi service for communities affected by the withdrawal of regular bus services, is continuing as normal.
Recently expired cards
Midlothian Taxicards are to be accepted for travel right up to the end of Sunday 31 March 2019 under the existing terms and conditions.
Taxicards that expire up to 31 March 2019 will not be renewed, but operators will accept recently expired cards for travel up to and including 31 March 2019.
Lost Taxicards in the run-up to the total withdrawal can still be replaced, but will show the expiry date of 31 March 2019.
The Midlothian Taxicard scheme included a free train travel benefit across the Edinburgh and Lothians area. This also ends after 31 March 2019.