Call to Review Pensioner Transport Scheme
22 June 2009 at 5:13 pm
NSW disability providers are calling on the Federal Government to review the current disability transport scheme and consider the minor improvements needed to ensure that public transport is as accessible all people with a disability.
The call comes from Sunnyfield, one of the largest disability providers in NSW.
Sunnyfield CEO, Frank Francis says the organisation congratulates the Government’s proposed initiative to harmonise disability parking schemes throughout Australia.
However he says the issue of accessibility to public transport is of even greater concern.
Francis says the majority of these people do not drive and therefore rely on public transport to get around each day and the ability to purchase monthly or quarterly concession tickets for public travel would greatly enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of access for people with a disability.
he says accessibility to public transport is so crucial for people with a disability in order for them to participate fully in community life, and it is therefore a key factor in the satisfaction of their lives.
While people with a disability are eligible for an unlimited travel concession through a Pensioner’s Concession Card, the discount generally only applies for tickets bought on the day of travel.
Sunnyfield says the current process is difficult for the person purchasing the travel ticket, as well as testing for transport workers, who in many cases may not understand some of the limitations that people with a disability have.
Sunnyfield urges the Government to ensure a best practice system which results in community inclusion for people with a disability.
Sunnyfield has over 13 locations in New South Wales and provides over 1500 services for people with disabilities in the areas of accommodation, supported employment, respite care, and education.