Transportation

Canada and Ontario Invest in Accessible Public Transit Infrastructure for Residents of Peel Region

CANADA: Funding for two projects that will modernize and improve accessibility for Peel Region’s public transit system was announced by the Honorable Catherine McKenna, Canada’s Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Sylvia Jones, Solicitor General of Ontario and Member of Provincial Parliament for Dufferin-Caledon, on behalf of the Honorable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; and Nando Iannicca,… Continue Reading »

16th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Older Adults and Persons with Disabilities (TRANSED)

The Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, with support by the U.S. Department of Transportation, invites your participation in the 16th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Older Adults and People with Disabilities (TRANSED), themed Inclusive and Accessible Transportation in Community and Regional Resilience. Organized by TRB Standing… Continue Reading »

Australia: Focus Group to Discuss ‘Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Technologies

AUSTRALIA: This research initiative by the Centre for Technology Infusion (CTI) at La Trobe University, and supported by the AFDO, will utilise a short-term focus group to discuss ‘Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) technologies’ (such as driverless cars) to identify ways these emerging technologies can improve personal and public transport options for people with disability. Automated… Continue Reading »

New Whitepaper Focuses on Urban Air Mobility for All

UK: Regulators, local authorities and industry groups will need to incorporate the views and priorities of disabled groups in their early planning phase if the promise – and full market value – of advanced air mobility (AAM) and urban air mobility (UAM) systems are to be fully realised, according to a white paper published today by Aerobility and CIVATAglobal. “From… Continue Reading »

US Government Aims to Make Rental Cars More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

USA: NHTSA believes its proposed rule will make life a lot easier for people with disabilities, especially those using a wheelchair. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration on Monday proposed a new rule that should make mobility far more accessible to those living with disabilities, especially those using a wheelchair. The government agency will move to allow… Continue Reading »

Micromobility Firm Tier to Add Artificial Warning Sounds to its Fleet of e-Scooters

Micromobility firm Tier will add artificial warning sounds to its fleet of e-scooters to alert blind and partially sighted people of their approach. The European e-scooter operator said it plans to roll the sound alert out across its vehicles in 2021.  Tier is working with national charity Thomas Pocklington Trust, which will fund Sight Loss… Continue Reading »

Accessible Transport Council to Guide Queensland Projects

AUSTRALIA: The Queensland state government has established a new Accessible Transport Advisory Council to give input on accessibility for transport projects around the state. The Council would advocate on behalf of those with vision, hearing, physical, or cognitive impairments, as well as older people, parents, and youth justice groups. The Council will directly advise the… Continue Reading »

New Measures to Ensure Motoring is Easier for Drivers with Disabilities

New measures designed to help the five percent of drivers with a disability include guides to motorway service areas with 360-degree images. Highways England plans to make it easier for disabled motorists to use UK motorways and A-roads. More than 100 service areas will be assessed on the accessibility of parking, toilets, petrol stations, shops… Continue Reading »

Nominations Open: NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards 2020

INDIA: National Centre for Promotion of Employment for Disabled People (NCPEDP) has announced the 11th edition of NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards 2020 to honour contributions towards the cause of accessibility and universal design. Nominations for the NCPEDP-Mphasis Universal Design Awards are now open. This is a prestigious award given nationally every year to people who are making an outstanding effort to… Continue Reading »

Transport Transition Plans – Operator Guide for Assisting Passengers with Disabilities

SCOTLAND: The Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) has published guidance for transport operators to ensure that changes to public transport services during Covid-19 take into account disabled people’s needs. The guidance emphasises that the 2010 Equality Act continues to apply and so the impacts on disabled people of any changes must be considered as… Continue Reading »