Vision UK response to the ORR Improving Assisted Travel – consultation on changes to guidance for train and station operators on Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP)

18 January 2019
Source: Vision UK

This consultation sets out proposals to change the Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP) Guidance for train and station operators on how to write their policies for helping disabled people to travel by rail. It is the culmination of the work undertaken so far to understand passengers’ experience of this service and to develop concrete proposals that are designed to bring

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Department of Transport: New online Blue Badge Service

14 January 2019
Source: https://www.gov.uk/apply-blue-badge

The new Blue Badge online service will enable people to apply for a Blue Badge online  without needing to send any of their supporting documents in the post and is expected to decrease the amount of time it takes to make an application. An offline system will still be available for those who are not able to apply online. Please

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Scottish Parliament: Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill Survey

7 January 2019
Source: Scottish Parliament

A short survey by the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee to gather the views of individuals and organisations on the proposals in the Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill. Why should I respond? The Restricted Roads (20 mph Speed Limit) (Scotland) Bill would reduce the default speed limit on most urban and residential streets in Scotland

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Take part in the RNIB survey on The Office of Road and Rail consultation on assisted travel

7 January 2019
Source: RNIB

Improving disabled people’s access to assisted travel.   The Office of Road and Rail (ORR) have launched a consultation on improving disabled people’s access to assisted travel by proposing changes to their Disabled People’s Protection Policy (DPPP) Guidance. Every train and station operator must set out the arrangements and assistance they will provide to protect the interests of disabled people

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Rail industry appoints first ombudsman to improve complaints procedure for customers

26 November 2018
Source: Rail Delivery Group

Rail industry appoints ‘Dispute Resolution Ombudsman’ to rule on complaints as part of the rail industry’s plan to change and improve. Working on behalf of train operators and Network Rail, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has appointed Dispute Resolution Ombudsman to establish the first ombudsman for the rail industry to rule on customer complaints. The independent body, which already provides

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Disability Rights UK: Automated vehicles could offer greater mobility to more disabled people

12 November 2018
Source: Disability Rights UK

The Department for Transport is consulting on future law changes for the safe use of automated vehicles in the UK. The consultation suggests that, in future, cars with automated driving systems will not have drivers but instead a “user-in-charge” who would need to be ready to take control of a vehicle in situations where automation is likely cause an accident.

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BBC News: Disabled train users to get new ‘life-changing’ app

28 September 2018
Source: BBC News

A “life-changing” app that can track disabled rail users in real-time will be rolled out nationwide. The app will update station staff on where a passenger is at any point, useful in the event of a delay, change of platform or missed train. Four rail companies are using an early version, with the full one to be available across Britain

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RNIB Scotland is working with bus operators across the country to make bus journeys more accessible. Is there a local bus service you’d like to tell us about?

25 September 2018
Source: RNIB Scotland

Whether good or bad, we want to hear from you. Rate your bus journey and help us identify  which services across the country are great or could-do-better. Please note: we may send your feedback to the bus company you have reviewed, we’ll remove your name so you won’t be identified. Rate your bus journey questionnaire

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The Shuttle: Blackburn leads the way on road safety technology

13 September 2018
Source: The Shuttle

Blackburn is the first place in England to install new technology to help people with disabilities who struggle to press the button at pedestrian crossings. The crossing on Longshaw Street, Ewood, can be activated with the free Button mobile phone app. This makes it easier for people with mobility or visual impairments, including wheelchair and mobility scooter users, who may

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DFT: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles: Future of Mobility Grand Challenge

1 August 2018

On the 30th of July the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles launched a package of announcements that will form one of the first public outputs from the Future of Mobility Grand Challenge – a key part of the Government’s Industrial Strategy. Innovation in UK science and engineering is driving the profound change taking place in how we move people,

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