Report: Need for regulation of mobility scooters, also known as motorised wheelchairs

The inquiry has determined that there is considerable agreement around the need to develop less complex, nationally consistent rules and regulations relating to the use of motorised mobility devices. Based on evidence provided to the committee during its inquiry, the committee suggests that there is a high level of agreement amongst stakeholders in relation to…

The ‘unconscionable’ state of Australia’s train stations

There are around 960 train stations across Australia. By the end of 2017, each state was supposed to have ensured that 90 per cent of their stations met accessibility standards. By 2022, 100 per cent of the stations are supposed to be accessible. Piecing together publicly available station information and data supplied by transport authorities, ABC News found that more than one in four stations in Australia is not independently accessible.

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.