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Transport can be tiring or a bit painful for everyone, from late trains, planes or buses to overcrowding, and cancelled or rescheduled services, but if you’re travelling with equipment it can be a harder and longer process. Prams, strollers, walking aids, mobility scooters and wheelchairs can be heavy or require extra space and a little more time for loading or creating accessibility for people with disabilities.
Some vehicles require manual ramps to be placed by staff members and others require wider vehicle parking spaces so automatic ramps can be deployed or equipment can be shifted.
Unfortunately, travel etiquette is a challenge, with people from many cultures and backgrounds, limited space and time pressures. People may not understand the norms of public travel or can be forgetful about the requirements expected of them. All this can create delays, misunderstandings or dangers in accessing services easily and safely.
Standing in doorways of trains or parking in a disabled car space may be an error in judgement, a simple accident or a time saver. Yet this can mean that another person may not get to do their shopping at all or to see their doctor that day.
Transport services are there for everyone to enjoy equally.
How can I find out more about local public transport?
Sydney Buses - www.sydneybuses.info/travelling-with-us/bus-accessibility
Motor scooter -easyaccesstravel.com/mobility-scooter-etiquette/
Links to transport companies (includes buses, car rentals, railroad) - access-able.com/dBase/linkResults.cfm?LinkTypeID=4&LinkType=Transportation
Site for transportation in Australia for those with disabilities:
Human rights - www.humanrights.gov.au/transport-accessibility
Travel Agents who are experienced in planning trips for those with special needs.
Stories of people traveling with disabilities
Blog from My Choice Matters about the adventures of travel - www.mychoicematters.org.au/blog/adventures-in-social-inclusion-transport.html