Government asks for feedback on transport access proposals

The Department for Transport (DfT) is seeking feedback from organisations, transport operators and disability groups on a draft accessibility action plan which sets out proposals to improve the travel experience for people with disabilities.

The action plans is designed to improve access on buses, trains, taxis and airplanes and also considers how to make public spaces more accessible.

The DfT has set out a number of consultation questions which ask things like how reliable and effective is accessibility equipment on trains and what other equipment should be provided?

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The action plan was published at the end of last month and outlined that the DfT will 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”.

The new draft ‘action plan’ 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.”

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