Accessibility

ie: transport including affordability and capacity

Why the contribution is important

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by Auroracentre on November 21, 2018 at 02:11PM

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  • Posted by Kay November 22, 2018 at 14:20

    Without accessible public transport how can disabled people get to jobs or job interviews? To health assessments or treatments? To recreation or learning opportunities? Many disabled people rely on public transport for a range of reasons - sight issues mean they can't get a licence, low income means they can't afford private transport, mobility issues like cerebral palsy, polio or paraplegia may make them reliant on other drivers.

    Inaccessible or insufficient capacity for public transport create barriers to leading a full life. Poor or inaccessible communications make the problem worse.

    The Government should include accessibility of transport options and communications in its Public Transport Operating Model for local authorities. It should also require authorities to monitor and report on capacity issues like how many wheelchair users can travel on buses and trains in regular time slots. Recent changes to bus services in Wellington appear to have reduced capacity for wheelchair users on buses but the authorities have not responded to requests for data on this.
  • Posted by Mike November 23, 2018 at 12:46

    This should also apply to all regional towns in NZ as well. Accessible transport is not just an in the larger/more populated Cities, it applies to every disabled person living in NZ.
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