Reform Victorian Public Transport: It is Inaccessible for People with Disabilities
The intention of this petition is to promote a fair and accessible Victorian Public Transport System that is inclusive of all people with disabilities, particularly those people who use wheelchairs and scooters.
The Department of Transport (DOT) is discriminating against all people with disabilities who use wheelchairs and scooters where in Victoria nearly all of the Connex and Myki fare payment & ticketing equipment is inaccessible and does not comply with the Australian Standards or the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).
Now it is time for the Department of Transport (DOT) to stop the rhetiric regarding 'access' and to give all people with disabilities 'a fare go' and abandon the proposed free Access Travel Pass or at least increase the eligibility criteria and stop the blatant discrimination.
The Transport Ticketing Authority (TTA) needs to be fair to all people with disabilities in a Fairer Victoria and widen the eligibility criteria of the free Access Travel Pass to include free public transport for all people with disabilities, particularly those who use wheelchairs and scooters who are challenged by the many physical barriers when attempting to access the inaccessible Victorian Public Transport System.
Applications for the free Access Travel Pass for people with disabilities will be available in September 2009 on the Metlink website.
We, the undersigned, call on the Department of Transport (DOT) to provide free public transport for wheelchair/scooter users who have to travel on the inaccessible Victorian Public Transport System. The Department of Transport (DOT) must recognise in writing and by law the fact that ALL people with disabilities using wheelchair/scooters pay no fares, irrespective of their ability to be able or not to use the new Myki ticketing system.
The Department of Transport (DOT) plans to implement a Free ‘Access’ Travel Pass (to those who their Panel decide are eligible.) and this is not an option.
FREE travel for Wheelchair/scooter users is the only option we will accept up until the Victorian Public Transport System is fully accessible (without needing assistance).
Regards, Michael Merrett
The Reform Victorian Public Transport: It is Inaccessible for People with Disabilities petition to Department of Transport (DOT) was written by Michael Merrett and is in the category Politics at GoPetition.