London is to have its first car-free day in September to raise awareness of air pollution.
But a leading disability organisation is calling on the London Mayor to make public transport more accessible for disabled people before such a day is held.
Angela Matthews, head of policy and research at Business Disability Forum, asked London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan to consider how a car-free day to promote walking, cycling, and use of public transport would affect disabled people.
She said: “Many disabled people are reliant on their own adapted vehicles, cars driven by a carer, or taxis, to get about in London because current public transport is not accessible to people with a range of disabilities. For these people using cars is a necessity not a choice.
“Disabled people care about the environment as much as anyone else. We would question whether disabled people were considered in the design of this campaign and what plans there are to ensure they everyone can take part on 22 September.”
Sadiq Khan’s announcement comes amid heightened campaigning around the inaccessibility of public transport across the UK, the implementation of the government’s Inclusive Transport Strategy, and reviewed guidance on the Blue Badge parking scheme.