How Disabled Friendly Are Manx Buses?

A consultation has been launched which aims to inform the improvement of bus travel for disabled people.

There have been several incidences of disabled people campaigning for greater access to buses in recent years, most notably Eric Corkish who has highlighted the refusal from Bus Vannin to carry some types of mobility scooters. The issue has also been raised several times in Tynwald with the DoI saying it is not possible for it to carry mobility scooters on its current fleet of buses.

The short survey covers a total of 10 questions which seek to gather information from people with a disability, their carers and families. They include themes around accessibility, existing barriers to bus travel and how services and facilities may be improved.

The consultation document is available to view on the gov website and may also be downloaded electronically from consult.gov.im

Alternatively, written comments can be emailed to sian.christian@gov.im or by post to Sian Christian, Central Support & Change Division, Department of Infrastructure, Sea Terminal, Douglas, IM1 2RF.

The process will run for six weeks and conclude on Monday September 27.

The new consultation builds on one held earlier this year by the DoI which gathered information on concessionary fares. Feedback is currently being considered with a view to bringing forward modernised legislation to Tynwald for approval before the end of the year.

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