ETC urges action to make
public transport accessible for all
operators and governments need to upgrade public transport infrastructure to
make it more accessible for disabled residents, the Eastern Transport Coalition
ETC spokesperson Cr
Samantha Dunn said disabled residents were frequently disadvantaged due to
unsuitable or lacking infrastructure.
Responding to the issues
paper, Disability Standards
for Accessible Public Transport 2012 Cr Dunn said ETC member
councils had been compiling a list of difficulties faced by their residents when
trying to use public transport.
“We need an efficient public transport network to serve
all members of the community, including disabled users, children, parents with
prams and the elderly,” Cr Dunn said.
“Talking to our residents, we have found that people
with disabilities face a range of impediments that often prevents them from
being able to use public transport or makes it unnecessarily difficult.
“Making public transport more accessible for people of
all abilities doesn’t have to be particularly difficult or expensive – but it
does require some thought from governments and service providers.”
Some of the issues raised by the ETC include:
- the provision and location of ramps
for all public transport modes
- trains not picking up disabled users
due to timetable constraints
- toilets not providing hoists for adult
- inadequate space for wheelchairs to
- small print on timetables at bus stops
makes it difficult for vision impaired people to read; and
- deaf users can miss information
updates and announcements at train stations which are generally only given
over loud speakers.
said in recent years, Councils have received funding to upgrade some bus stops to
meet disability access requirements, however, this funding did not extended to
include things like footpaths that lead to the bus stop.
“We hope that more will be done
in the future to make public transport accessible to all members of the community
and urge residents to make their own submissions to the Issues Paper and make
their views known,” Cr Dunn said.
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