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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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News: National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2019

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2019 takes place from 12th – 19th October 2019. Disability Equality Scotland works with various organisations to help promote awareness of hate crime and how to report it. A disability hate crime is: “Any criminal offence which is perceived, by the victim or any other person, to be motivated by a hostility or prejudice based on a person’s disability or perceived disability.” Disability hate incidents can take many forms including: • verbal and physical abuse• teasing• bullying• threatening behaviour• online abuse• threatening or insulting texts• damage to property Disability Safety Hub – www.disabilitysafety.scot Last year,
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News: Queen Street Station Redevelopment Update

Following on from previous updates on the exciting redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station, the lengthening of platforms 4 and 5  has been completed nearly 24-hours ahead of schedule, with the new infrastructure entering into service this morning (14 October) as planned. As part of the £120m project to redevelop Scotland’s third-busiest station, platforms 4 and 5 were closed on 16 September to allow Network Rail to safely undertake a four-week programme to extend both platforms by 26 metres. The completion of this element follows the extension of platforms 2 and 3 earlier this summer. This marks a significant milestone
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News: Scotland Becomes First UK Nation To Ban Pavement Parking

The Scottish Parliament passed a bill on 10 October 2019 to implement a nationwide footway parking ban. The ban means that people in wheelchairs, parents with pushchairs and older adults who are currently forced into oncoming traffic when faced with vehicles blocking their path will now be able to enjoy a new freedom. Disability Equality Scotland supported the campaign led by Living Streets Scotland. We consulted with our members and found that 98% were in agreement that a ban should be introduced. You can view the results of our poll on our Your Say on Disability website: www.yoursayondisability.scot/weekly-poll-results/ For more information about the
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Consultation Reminder: National Transport Strategy

A new National Transport Strategy for Scotland is now open for consultation. The National Transport Strategy (NTS2) sets out our vision for the next 20 years and was developed in collaboration with over 60 partner organisations around Scotland. The global climate emergency and the role of transport in helping to deliver net-zero emissions by 2045 is a key priority, along with how transport can play its part in building a fairer society – including reducing child poverty. The strategy redefines investment priorities, putting sustainable and public transport at the heart of decision-making. Read the National Transport Strategy and have your
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