Shepparton’s Georgie Dodson says she is fed up with people disregarding the rules surrounding disabled parking bays. Mrs Dodson, who has trouble walking, has a disability parking permit displayed on her vehicle’s front windscreen which allows her to park in any disability parking bay around town.
“It does nothing but create anxiety,” said Grieg Chapman, advocate at ACT Disability Aged Care Advocacy Service. Mr Chapman said the change has been hard to understand by some people with disabilities, who now face paying for transport on low incomes.
Melbourne is the only Australian capital city where it is legal for motorcyclists to park on footpaths as long as they do not obstruct access. But as the city becomes more congested, obstacles on footpaths including motorcycles, bikes, A-frame signs and cafe tables, are making pedestrian crowding worse and life very difficult for people with disabilities. On Tuesday, the council will install “no stopping” signs along footpaths next to more than 50 disability parking bays in the CBD. The fine is $165.
A spokesperson for the NDIA said while the NDIS provides some assistance, the states and territories are responsible for making transport accessible.
‘Sometimes train drivers forget you’: How to make Melbourne more accessible for people with disabilities
But in Melbourne every day is a logistical challenge. Ms Christie and her friends with disabilities joke they should be detectives because they are so adept at scoping out joints and accessing information.
This is the first report from the commercial passenger industry regulator which highlights how this industry is integral for people with a disability or mobility impairment. While most users of these services, and the drivers, have a positive experience, it also demonstrates that there is still more work to be done.
Studies have shown that transport in the NDIS is the number one cause of all NDIS related spiritual breakdowns.* Given the sheer number of Participants who depend upon transport funding, it would be completely reasonable to assume that the issue would be well and truly resolved by now. But then if you made such an assumption, you probably wouldn’t be too familiar with the NDIS.
Canberra man with disability trapped and abused in wheelchair cab by driver files human rights complaint
Mr Higgins, who has quadriplegia, said the driver blamed him for reporting a broken lift, which had caused the cab to be taken off the road for repairs and lost income.
Mr Higgins, through his lawyer Sam Tierney, filed a complaint with the Australian Human Rights Commission against the driver and the ACT Government.
Deafblind woman booked Jetstar flight from Perth, telling airline she had special needs. As she tried to board Jetstar told her she could not fly alone. Jetstar said an administrative error meant only one of her disabilities had been recorded.
Closing date: February 28, 2019
This project aims to address the issues surrounding the safe and legal use of new and innovative personal-use and mobility devices. The current regulatory framework does not provide for the use of new and innovative personal-use devices that are readily available for sale today as they do not necessarily fit within existing vehicle classification. This also affects individuals that require the use of mobility devices due to technical restrictions set out in the Australian Road Rules.
Closing date: February 28, 2019
Public Transport Victoria would like to invite people with disability to join a trial for an exciting new product for the myki ticketing system.
The historic Ballarat station is beautiful but still has no easy way for people with a disability to get from one platform to another.
Transport and the NDIS is an issue so widely discussed that if it wasn’t so damn important we would all be thoroughly sick of it by now. Luckily, the latest case off the shelf, SE* v the NDIS, is actually completely different to anything we have seen in the transport space before. Fasten your seatbelts, because this is a big one.
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…
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.