Transportation

UK Government Asks Industry to Ensure Accessible Rail Services

UNITED KINGDOM: The UK’s Minister of State for Transport Chris Heaton-Harris has asked the rail industry to ensure the accessibility of services during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic so that essential workers can travel. He stated that rail services should be accessible for everyone and will ensure that disabled people are able to travel during the pandemic.… Continue Reading »

United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office Releases New Film on the Transportation Legacy of the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games

SPAIN: The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office have published a second short film that showcases the transportation legacy of the Barcelona 1992 Paralympic Games. The film, part of the “Transforming Lives Makes Sense for Everyone” campaign, focuses on some of the post-Games accessibility improvements made in transportation. It can be… Continue Reading »

EAEU Countries Recommended to Make Transport More Accessible for Persons with Disabilities

MOSCOW: The Board of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) has approved a package of recommendations for the countries of the Eurasian Economic Union concerning the provision of services to people with disabilities, BelTA learned from the EEC’s press service. “The document defines the recommended approaches to transport infrastructure and public passenger transport means (buses, trolleybuses, trams,… Continue Reading »

Toyota Motor Europe Launches the Toyota Startup Awards to Find Most Innovative Solutions to Improve Mobility for All

Toyota Motor Europe (TME) and Business school ISDI, through ISDI Accelerator, have created the Toyota Startup Awards. This competition targets inclusive mobility companies that offer innovative solutions empowering people with a physical impairment to move around more freely and facilitating their daily life. Eight startups will be invited to attend 4YFN in Barcelona from 24 to 26 February 2020… Continue Reading »

TransLink Installs Tactile and Braille Signage Bus Stops

CANADA: Beginning in 2020, TransLink will install tactile and braille signage at every bus stop and tactile walking surface indicators (TWSI) at stations and bus exchanges. “We are committed to making our transit system accessible for as many people as possible,” said TransLink CEO Kevin Desmond. “We know that a lot of our customers with vision… Continue Reading »

Federal Agencies in Canada Invite Public Input on Air Travel for Persons with Disabilities

CANADA: Two separate federal agencies issued announcements Tuesday on life with a disability in Canada — one seeking greater input on hot-button issues and the other urging society at large to challenge its preconceptions. Statements from the Canadian Transportation Agency and Statistics Canada differed in scope and content, but both touched on issues that disabled Canadians… Continue Reading »

Partnership Aims to Change Perception of Transport Solutions for Persons with Disabilities

Through the partnership, the Social and Sustainable Impact Department and Nino Robotics aim to develop sustainable and accessible mobility solutions for all, including people with disabilities or of reduced mobility. The Social and Sustainable Impact Department has signed a partnership with Nino Robotics, designer of a new type of ‘seated, personal transporters’, aimed at changing… Continue Reading »

Zimbabwe: People Living With Disability Call for an Inclusive Public Transport System

ZIMBABWE: People living with disability in Harare are calling on the government to provide an all-inclusive public transport system that supports their special needs. As a result of a high- cost of living, the government introduced a fleet of buses under the Zimbabwe Passenger Company (Zupco), at a subsidized fare aimed at lessening the burden on… Continue Reading »

U.S. House Committee Leaders Call for More Action to Prevent Airline Mishandling of Wheelchairs

U.S. House committee leaders this week called for airlines to do more to prevent mishandling of wheelchairs and scooters of passengers with disabilities, and sought more information on airlines’ policies and procedures. In a letter to industry group Airlines for America CEO Nicholas Calio, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian and National Air Carriers Association president… Continue Reading »

Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Launched Program to Improve Accessibility

THAILAND: The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has launched a program to improve flyovers in high-traffic areas with pedestrian crossings which will also include facilities to help the elderly safely cross Bangkok’s busy roads. The report says that road-crossing signals will be established along with flyovers with lifts for the elderly and disabled, particularly in high-traffic areas. Flyovers… Continue Reading »