The Department for Transport (DfT) has declared that it will work alongside mobility providers and the BHTA to promote scooter training and training facilities. It has also said it will identify and promote scooters which are “most appropriate for public transport”.
A new draft ‘action plan’ issued by the Government outlined its concern around a lack of knowledge on scooter controls and road rules among users as well as some larger scooters being unsuitable for certain transport routes.
The action plan outlines the Government’s accessible transport strategy and shows scooters are high on the agenda. It stated that the DfT will highlight and promote the work of mobility centres and will also support the Driving Mobility network.
Paul Maynard, Parliamentary under-secretary for the DfT, stressed the important role of local mobility providers in helping to improve accessibility of the overall transport network in the UK.
“This draft Action Plan sets out some specific commitments for increasing transport accessibility… We would welcome input from disabled and older people, those with mental health conditions, consumer groups, transport operators and staff, local authorities and transport regulators,” Maynard stated.
“This draft accessibility action plan is the next step in a much needed dialogue with disabled people, carers, transport providers and local authorities to identify new ways to improve travel. It sets out the government’s strategy to address gaps in our transport services which serve as a barrier to people with disabilities.”
The report also set out plans to improve accessibility toilets on the railways and ensure better use of Blue Badges.
The Government is also working in other sectors to improve accessibility. As part of its aviation strategy, for example, it is consulting on how to improve the experience of disabled passengers both in airports and on flights.