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Disability Equality Scotland Launch Hate Crime Charter Pilot

Disability Equality Scotland is working with Stagecoach East, First Scotland East and ScotRail to pilot a new Hate Crime Charter.  The aim of the Pilot is to encourage transport providers, members of the public and other services to support a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime. Each transport provider involved believes everyone has the right to travel safely and any aggressive, bullying or harassing behaviour will not be tolerated on their services. Examples of hate crime will be taken seriously, and incidents will be reported to Police Scotland. The Charter is being piloted in the following locations: First Bus East –
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Thistle Assistance: A little extra help from A to B

Calling all travellers! Thistle Assistance has officially launched its brand-new look with a newly- designed Thistle Assistance card, app and website to help make travelling by public transport in Scotland more comfortable and accessible for everyone. Thistle Assistance is all about helping to relieve travel anxiety and encouraging people to feel confident when using different forms of public transport across Scotland. Anxiety UK found that ‘the main causes reported of anxiety whilst travelling were the behaviour and attitudes of other people, and difficulties finding the way, including the fear of being lost’. The Thistle Assistance card and app seek to
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Engineering Works In Edinburgh Friday 27 and Sunday 29 December

Network Rail are carrying out vital engineering work near Haymarket between Friday 27 and Sunday 29 December. This means services on several routes to and from Edinburgh will start and terminate before reaching the two stations. We envisage that there will also be high demand for accessible taxis during this time such that if you require one, you may be forced to wait longer than expected. We therefore advise that if you’re planning to travel to the Edinburgh on these dates, please consider making alternative arrangements, particularly on Saturday, 28 December. The engineering works will affect the following routes: Friday,
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Hate Crime Charter – First Bus Join Pilot!

First Bus has joined Stagecoach East in piloting our Hate Crime Charter. Transport Scotland’s Hate Crime Working Group, led by Disability Equality Scotland have conducted a series of public consultations on the topic, which led to the creation of a Hate Crime Charter. The Charter sets out our stance on Hate Crime.  First Bus believes that everyone has the right to travel safely and any aggressive, bullying or harassing behaviour will not be tolerated on their services. Issues of hate crime will be taken seriously, and incidents will be reported to Police Scotland. First Bus has begun piloting the Charter
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Do you need legal support to help a disabled or older person resolve a transport issue?

The Equality and Human Rights Commission wants to hear about disabled and older people who have experienced discrimination when using, or trying to use, public transport in Scotland. Who can apply? Advisers and solicitors on behalf of a client who is older or disabled In limited circumstances we may be able to accept applications from individuals who are older or disabled What is covered by the project? Trains, trams, subway, buses, coaches, taxis, minicabs, hire vehicles, recovery vehicles, boats and ferries (land-based services only), booking and other communication with operators (by phone, online or in person), access to transport premises.
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Disability Equality Scotland Launch Hate Crime Charter Pilot!

Disability Equality Scotland is delighted to be working with Stagecoach East as part of a pilot programme on behalf of Transport Scotland, designed to tackle hate crime on public transport. Transport Scotland’s Hate Crime Working Group, led by Disability Equality Scotland have conducted a series of public consultations on the topic, which led to the creation of a Hate Crime Charter. The Charter sets out our stance on Hate Crime. Stagecoach East believes that everyone has the right to travel safely and any aggressive, bullying or harassing behaviour will not be tolerated on their services.Issues of hate crime will be
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Scottish Transport Awards 2020 Open For Nominations!

Disability Equality Scotland is excited to be working with the Transport Times to sponsor next year’s Scottish Transport Awards. We will be presenting the Excellence in Transport Accessibility award. An entry in this category covers projects or initiatives that can demonstrate improved access to travel or the travel experience for disabled people. The Transport Times will be looking for entries which highlight innovation, the extent to which the proposer has sought to build upon learning through engagement with disabled people, positive team or partnership collaboration, and the extent to which they benefit disabled people who are in hard-to-reach groups. Key
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Survey: Strathclyde University – Safety and experience for those with reduced mobility while using buses

To all people who have ever found using the bus uncomfortable or even been injured from it, I would love to hear from you! My name is Hannah and I’m a final year product design engineering student at Strathclyde University. For my master’s project, I am aiming to design a product to improve the safety and experience for those with reduced mobility while using buses. Public transport is essential in many people’s lives, especially those who do not drive, for giving them freedom to travel to work, visit friends and family, leisure and appointments. It is also more environmentally friendly
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News: Audio and visual funding for buses will make journeys accessible for all

Buses around Great Britain will become more accessible for disabled passengers thanks to a new partnership with the Real Time Information Group (RTIG). The group, which supports good practice in the use of communications technology on public transport, will work with the Department for Transport to allocate £2 million of funding to small bus operators for audible and visible on-board information. With around 50% of public transport journeys made on buses, this funding will help to ensure that passengers can board more buses with greater confidence, knowing where they are and when to get off. It coincides with the launch
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News: Disability Equality Scotland Poll Highlights Support for Hate Crime Charter

In the latest poll by Disability Equality Scotland, 92% (106 respondents) supported the introduction of a Hate Crime Charter on public transport. Disability Equality Scotland lead a Working Group to take forward the Hate Crime Charter project. The aim of the project is to create a recognised system to encourage transport providers, members of the public and other services to support a zero-tolerance approach to hate crime. Each week Disability Equality Scotland send out a poll question to their members on a topical issue. For the week beginning 14 October 2019, the following question was posed: “Would a Hate Crime
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