Disabled access - Articles and news items
Industry news • 17 April 2017 • Q'Straint
After boarding a bus, Quantum allows wheelchair and scooter passengers to position their chair and by simply pushing a button to secure themselves in a stable and safe rear-facing position without driver assistance. The process takes under 25 seconds…
Industry news • 10 April 2017 • Eurotransport
On Tuesday 11 April 2017, the Transport and Tourism Committee of the European Parliament will adopt its opinion on the so-called European Accessibility Act. According to the UITP (the International Association of Public Transport), the current discussions related to the Act should aim at finding realistic requirements making sure the whole initiative is a success, but the UITP is worried about the potential negative impact on the accessibility objectives of the latest compromise.
Industry news • 29 March 2017 • Eurotransport
Arriva UK Bus announces sign up to the RNIB’s Bus Charter to ensure services are accessible for customers with sight loss.
Industry news • 22 December 2016 • Katie Sadler, Eurotransport
Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed it is to roll out its ‘Please Offer Me a Seat’ blue badge and card initiative following a successful six-week trial.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) offers work experience placements to people with learning and physical disabilities at bus stations and transport interchanges. Stewart Connell, Senior Duty Manager at TfGM, reflects on the benefits of the project for students and for the organisation…
Industry news • 31 August 2016 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
In a new trial, blue badges will be issued to disabled passengers and those with hidden conditions, illnesses and injuries to alert fellow passengers of their need for a seat on London’s public transport.
The MOBiNET project envisages a new “Internet of Mobility” where transport users meet providers of next-generation mobility services… This article showcases the platform’s implementation within the Dial-a-Ride service improving its efficiency through mobile technology.
Issue 2 2016 • 3 May 2016 • Eva Muñoz, SIMON Project Manager
People with mild or severe disabilities – either temporary or permanent – represent almost 80 million people in the EU. That equates to one in six citizens facing different attitudinal and environmental barriers that prevent them from fully participating in society and the economy. In particular, access to transport and mobility infrastructure represents a serious problem for many impaired people, acting as a barrier to work and social activities. In this context, SIMON is a demonstration oriented project, funded under the CIP-ICT programme of the European Commission, aiming at improving the independent living and societal participation of mobility impaired people, in particular when using public transport or their own. Project Manager, Eva Muñoz, provides further details…
In our first-ever Accessibility Supplement, Dora Ramazzotti at SRM gives an overview of how accessible Bologna’s public transport network is, and Ezio Castagna from CTM explains how Cagliari is investing in vehicles and infrastructure to enhance accessibility. Plus Gunta Anca from the EDF says that the industry must do more as a whole to achieve accessibility for all…
Industry news • 27 January 2016 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
A European Disability Forum (EDF) delegation met with the EU Commissioner for Transport and Mobility to discuss recent UN findings on recommendations to protect and promote accessible transport for people with disabilities.
Industry news • 7 December 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
London Underground has begun trials of Wayfindr, the audio-based digital navigation system, to guide vision impaired people through and around Euston Tube station.
Industry news • 23 July 2015 • Katie Sadler, Digital Content Producer, Eurotransport
Transport for London (TfL) reveals the first two London boroughs that can provide entirely accessible bus stops.