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Public transport to be improved for disabled passengers

Post: 17 September 2013 in: Travel
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Transport services for disabled people in the UK have been classed as “unacceptably poor” by MPs who believe accessibility standards have dropped since the Paralympics.

 

Following the statement the Department for Transport (DfT) revealed the contents in their Access to Transport for Disabled People report this week which includes some promising manifestos...

 

Proposals are being put into place to ensure every taxi and private hire vehicles are suitably adapted for every passenger within the next ten years. For those using other means of public transport the committee are asking rail operators and bus drivers to attend disability awareness courses so they can meet the requests for travellers who require additional assistant on their journeys.

 

Another adventurous change, which will please those who travel abroad, is the price of a flight as suggestions have been put forward calling for the government to pass an EU regulation allowing free air travel to carers.

 

MPs stated offering people with disabilities wider independence will boost the economy as improved services will see more disabled people being able to visit public places such as bars, cafes and shops as well as reducing home doctor visits because they will be able to travel to healthcare centres more easily.

 

Guy Parckar from Leonard Cheshire Disability charity expressed his support behind the campaign the UK should be a "world leader in access for disabled people".

 

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