Trapped on a 96 tram: No accessible stops added an hour to James’ journey

James Carter had a big day planned. The mobility scooter user had already spent more than two hours travelling from Euroa to Melbourne before he caught the 96 tram to his destination – last year’s Flower & Garden show – when disaster struck. Instead of smelling the roses, James was trapped on the tram for an hour.

Parents of disabled students raise concerns over Vic bus company

Concerns have been raised about the suitability of a bus service for students with a disability at a school in regional Victoria. A mother at the Ballarat Specialist School says no one can tell her how her 7 year-old boy lost his tooth when he was injured on the bus home from school. Another parent says the school contracted a bus with a turning staircase to pick up her daughter, who uses a wheelchair.

Transport accessibility project

Closing date: May 15, 2018

The aim of this project is to  capture the experiences of Victorians with disabilities who use (or want to use) public transport, taxis and Uber.

It’s your opportunity to have your voice heard by completing an online survey. Your contributions will shape the final report being submitted  to the Victorian government later this year.

Impacts of taxi deregulation on people with disabilities

Due to lack of accessible public transport and personal transport options, many people with disabilities rely on taxis as their only means to access work, social engagements and civic duties. Most require taxi services to complement their public transport use. 

Cutting Rego Costs For Drivers With Disabilities

The Andrews Labor Government is cutting the cost of registration for wheelchair users who have had their vehicles significantly modified to allow them to drive. Disabled drivers will now be able to apply for a 100% concession on their vehicle registration fee.

Wheelchair user slams Uber

At the end of a long day at a work event in Melbourne’s CBD, Chrissy Thompson and a friend decided to catch an Uber home. But when the driver pulled up he immediately refused to take her, saying her wheelchair wouldn’t fit in his large sedan.

Accessible public transport: the whole journey

The Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport (2002) (Transport Standards) have a five-year schedule for review, with the most recent review having been undertaken in 2012 and a new one scheduled to commence sometime this year.