Unfair and inconsistent transport funding under the National Disability Insurance Scheme is causing chaos for participants, a community transport peak body has warned.
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.
Victoria’s education department has confirmed a third of the buses transporting students to and from the school are not wheelchair-accessible.
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.
Two north-east Victorian residents have claimed V/Line regularly pays more than $1,000 for return taxi trips to Melbourne due to train and coach services being wheelchair inaccessible.
But Mr Jones, 40, a former Paralympian who is legally blind and uses a wheelchair, has become frustrated with competing for space with cyclists in the only area of the train he can access: through the first door of the first carriage.
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.
Too many of my friends have told me of being abused by strangers when using an accessible (or “disabled”) parking space. Sometimes there is a note left under the windscreen wiper – “you should be ashamed of yourself, I saw you and there’s nothing wrong with you. I’ve taken your license plate and will report … Continued
New Whittlesea Mayor Kris Pavlidis has come under fire for parking in a designated disabled spot while attending the launch of a new cafe for people with intellectual 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.
The Victorian government has announced it is cutting the cost of registration for wheelchair users who modify their cars to drive, but disability advocates say people with disabilities’ access to public transport also needs to improve.
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.
Disability service providers across Australia are considering shedding their transport services because there is no funding commitment in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) to directly cover the costs of maintaining vehicles.
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.
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.