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Adapted Car Hire News Updates: Inquiry launched into effectiveness of legislation relating to transport for disabled people

An inquiry is to be held by the Transport Committee, the body responsible for scrutiny of the Department for Transport, into the effectiveness of legislation relating to transport for disabled people.

In 2009, the UN Convention was endorsed by the UK Government in order to secure and protect the rights of disabled people in all areas of life, including access to transport.

From October 1, 2001, the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) was largely replaced by the Equality Act, which as well as protecting disabled people, aimed to provide legal rights to access many land based transport services.

Now the committee is welcoming submissions from any individual or organisation affected by or with a view on the following issues:

• The effectiveness of legislation relating to transport for disabled people
• Whether information relating to transport is easily and readily accessible
• Staff awareness and provision of assistance
• What can be learnt from transport provision and how its success can be built on

More information can be found here.

Meanwhile, despite London being identified as having the best disabled access and specialist facilities in the UK, a recent survey by Adapted Vehicle Hire and Tourism for All UK revealed that 87 percent of disabled people in the UK have been prevented from travelling due to their disability.

The survey showed mixed opinion, with 28 percent of people feeling that over the past ten years mobility and wheelchair access has become ‘significantly better’ and 92 percent agreed that overall, disabled access has improved. Access the survey here.

In other news, a survey of 20 city centre car parks across the UK has found the majority to be inaccessible to disabled drivers.

Adapted Vehicle Hire has a selection of rental cars with specialist adaptations for those with a disability or mobility problems, plus a full range of wheelchair accessible vehicles. Click here to find out more.