Fiji National Council for disabled people seek more accessible buses

Asia-Pacific, March 30 2011

Mar 30: The Fiji National Council for Disabled Persons is looking into having discussions with government for the provision of more accessible buses in the future.

Executive Director Dr Sitiveni Yanuyanutawa said a certain category of disability especially disabled people confined to wheelchairs will not benefit from the free bus fare initiatives due to non-accessibility.

However he said there will still be ongoing discussions with government for bus companies to come up with wheelchair accessible buses in the future.

He added there will be continuous lobbying and discussions along the way to create a better livelihood and break down barriers in our society for persons with disabilities.

Meanwhile, the Social Welfare Ministry has distributed the first batch of ID cards for disabled people who will be exempted from bus fares and the elderly above 60 years of age will have 50 percent discount on bus fares.


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