Pam Beggs

Pam Beggs

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    Joint Govt-community study into transport for disabled

    4/11/1992 12:00 AM
     
     
    The transport needs of people with disabilities will be the subject of a $50,000 joint Government-community study.
     
    Transport Minister Pam Beggs said today transport had been identified as the single greatest problem for people with disabilities in getting access to activities the general community took for granted.
     
    These included employment, social and recreational activities, education and medical services.
     
    "One of the problems is that there have been many groups responsible for providing transport for people with disabilities and through a lack of co-ordination the level of service is not as high as it could be," Mrs Beggs said.
     
    The main objectives of the study were to set up an information base on the services currently offered and to identify appropriate strategies that would improve services.
     
    Mrs Beggs said the project was being driven by the disability services umbrella group, Acrod and funded through the Lotteries Commission.
     
    A steering committee representing Acrod, the Lotteries Commission, the Department of Transport, Transperth, the Bureau for Disability Services and People with Disabilities would oversee the work.
     
    Mrs Beggs said public transport agencies were liaising closely with disability service groups to look at ways of improving the level of access at bus and train stations.
     
    "The $275 million northern suburbs railway now nearing completion has been designed to include ramps and lifts to enable easy access for people with disabilities.
     
    "As well, improvements are being made at other stations in the metropolitan area.
     
    "However, because of the diversity of transport services provided for people with disabilities and the perceived lack of co-ordination among the different groups, the study will look at the broader issues, including taxis and private transport groups."
     
    Expressions of interest would be called for from consultants to carry out the study.