Monday, 5 March 2018
Directions for South Australia – Transport
“Reliable, accessible, affordable public transport is vital in ensuring equal opportunities for all South Australians” – Kelly Vincent MLC
Some people with physical disabilities may be at risk of being denied access to services if poor public transport restricts their ability to access those services.
In order for people with a disability to access equal opportunities in work, study and social life, reliable, accessible and affordable options for transport are needed.
There are ongoing issues with access taxis arriving late, or failing to show up at all, despite the incentive of an on-time bonus introduced in 2002 and increased in October 2016.
Some people with a disability are able to access the South Australian Transport Subsidy Scheme (SATSS) and receive vouchers to assist with their travel costs. However, many people with disability are unable to access this scheme if they are deemed to not have a physical disability that would prevent them from getting onto a bus. Department for Transport assessment does not fully consider other circumstances, such as it being inappropriate for some people with an intellectual disability to rely on public transport.
Dignity Party believe that accessible and reliable transport services must be available to all people with disabilities.
In South Australia we must:
– Ensure that the penalties for parking in an accessible car park without a permit include demerit points and a financial penalty to discourage inappropriate use of these parks;
– Make all public transport – buses, trains, trams and school buses – fully accessible, and ensure the number of Access Taxis are adequate to meet the needs of all people with disabilities requiring transport especially at night and at other special occasions (e.g. Christmas Day);
– Ensure all tram stops are wheelchair accessible;
– Meet all transport safety standards for all forms of transport, where all providers of transport for people with disabilities must meet their obligations under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), 1992;
– Allow private vehicles used specifically for the transport of people with disabilities a tax deduction for modification and insurance costs;
– Explore possible new technologies (e.g. Smartcards) for subsidy systems for the cost of transport services as the current voucher system, for the partial payment of fares and for only a limited number of trips, is inadequate;
– Expand criteria for access to subsidy schemes to acknowledge where public transport may not be a safe or appropriate transport option for some people, even if they may be physically capable of using public transport;
– Call on the Federal Government to make the cost of transport subsidies a responsibility under the Commonwealth State and Territory Disability Agreement (CSTDA) or the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS);
– Maintain the SATSS for eligible participants who require it;
– Quarantine public transport charges from annual budget increases to encourage greater patronage.
Dignity Party OPPOSE public transport that is not accessible, and transport subsidy schemes that are inflexible to the real needs of people with disability.
Dignity Party PROPOSE that all public transport is reliable, accessible, and affordable to provide equal opportunities to all South Australians.