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Tuesday 27 March 2012
Mencap backs petition to stop daily discrimination of disabled people on public transport
The campaign group A2BforAll has launched a campaign to stop the discrimination that makes it difficult for disabled people and their carers to use public transport.
As part of this, it has submitted an online petition to the Department for Transport. It claims that disabled passengers are being discriminated against on a daily basis on UK public transport and calls for an industry-funded regulator to develop staff training and to maintain a central register of complaints.
The petition and the issues it seeks to address have also been highlighted in a series of special Channel 4 reports into the state of Britain’s transport network. ‘No Go Britain’ shared the recent experience of Paralympic medallist Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who was left on a train at midnight and forced to crawl off because no one was around to assist her. Baroness Grey-Thompson is backing the A2BforAll campaign.
“The difficulties people with a disability face when using transport are not an inevitable part of their disability,” said Clare Lucas, a Mencap campaigns support officer. “They are the result of ignorance, prejudice and a general unwillingness to promote equality of access.
“Transport remains one of the biggest factors in excluding people with a learning disability from participating fully in public life and enjoying everything their locality has to offer. A lack of access to transport denies people with a learning disability their right to a basic level of independence, choice and opportunity, which others take for granted.
“We fully support A2BforAll's new campaign. The measures it is calling for would mark an important step towards a transport system that is safe, affordable and accessible for everyone.”
Find out more about A2BforAll
Find out more about Channel 4's No Go Britain series
Read more about transport for people with a learning disability in Mencap's Viewpoint magazine