Positional statement – Transport, as at 29 March 2019

  1. PWDACT advocates for inclusive transport in accordance with Article 9 of the Convention on the Rights of People with Disability.
  2. We advocate that the Government take appropriate measures to ensure persons with disabilities can access all aspects of transport and the built environment in Canberra.
  3. Disabled carparks across Canberra should have the same time limits set, whether private or publicly operated. We call upon the ACT Government to standardise the time limit, regardless of whether publicly or privately managed.
    a. extend the general ACT entitlement for mobility permit holders to park free of charge in non-disability spots, in both public carparks and privately managed carparks (particularly in public spaces such as hospitals)
  4. The transportation system must be funded appropriately to provide a flexible choice of transport method, be frequent and timely, affordable, and accommodate all people, whereby:
    a. Provides 100% accessible public transport including buses, and the light rail;
    b. The public transport fare in Canberra is nominal, and does not seek to cover costs or derive an income stream in any way.
    c. Where public transport is unavailable, people with disabilities who do not drive should be able to access private subsidised transport options to affordably travel 20km per day (Taxis, Cabs, Private Bus fleets, Uber).
    d. Bus and light rail drivers and support staff should receive ongoing training on how to best support people with disabilities on public transport.
  5. The ACT public transportation system is vital for people with disabilities, many of whom do not drive.
  6. People with Disabilities ACT seeks to invite a free membership application from everyone who applies for and receives a Disability Parking Permit, and we call upon the Government to work with us to facilitate this process.
  7. We advocate that the surrounding Canberra built environment nearby transportation be designed and maintained to be suitable for all people, including those in wheelchairs, blind people, people using walking frames, and any other disability. The accessible built environment includes but is not limited to:
    a. footpaths, mezzanines and other floors, pedestrian crossings
    b. Pathways that offer smooth surfaces, ramp options, and textured surfaces at key intersections for the blind and vision impaired.
    c. Maintenance where accessible standards are applied retrospectively.
    Draft as at March 2019