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Free Vaccine Transport for People with Mobility Challenges

Handicabs (HcL) is offering free transport for people with mobility challenges to get their COVID-19 vaccine. Any person who has challenges with getting out and about due to age, disability, heath issues, additional support needs or geographic remoteness is eligible to use the service. You do not need to be registered with HcL already. Bookings are subject to availability so we recommend passengers call as soon as they have their vaccine appointment. Handicabs will do their very best to help transport as many people as they can, under current guidelines. Call 0131 447 9949 to book for transport in East Lothian, Midlothian or
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Transport Scotland Blue Badge Research

Transport Scotland would like to thank Disability Equality Scotland members   for your participation in the Blue Badge poll on whether the current scheme delivers a user-friendly and effective service to badge holders. The Blue Badge Scheme is designed to enable people with the most severe conditions, who are unable to walk, virtually unable to walk or pose a risk to either themselves or others in traffic, to park close to their destination and who wouldn’t be able to travel at all without that facility. At Transport Scotland, we will soon undertake a programme of work to review the weekly poll
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Traveline: Public Transport Options to and from Vaccination Locations

The COVID-19 vaccine is now available and NHS Scotland is prioritising people who are at the greatest risk. NHS Scotland strongly recommends you get the vaccine as soon as it is offered. Your local NHS health board will get in touch with you to arrange your vaccination appointment when you are eligible. Your vaccination appointment may not take place at your local GP practice. Remember to plan your travel ahead and allow time for public transport journeys. Help with making your travel plans is available at www.travelinescotland.com or 0141 465 1878.
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Survey: Help Ensure Electric Vehicle Accessibility for All

Harmful emissions from petrol and diesel vehicles are a major contributor to poor air quality and responsible for thousands of premature deaths in the UK every year. As a result, government have launched a number of initiatives introducing policy to combat these issues, one of those policies is phasing out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2032 in Scotland (2030 for the rest of the UK) therefore only zero emission vehicles will be available to buy meaning the installation of appropriate charging infrastructure is a necessity. Connected Kerb is an electric vehicle charge point operator with a
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Support for Taxi and Private Hire Drivers

A new fund to support taxi and private hire drivers affected by the pandemic was recently launched. Local authorities will directly approach an estimated 38,000 private hire and taxi drivers inviting them to claim a £1,500 grant to assist with fixed costs, boosting the support from other funding for loss of income available through the Scottish and UK Governments. A new total of £57 million has been allocated by the Scottish Government – three times more than the allocation announced in December. Councils will start contacting eligible drivers to brief them on their potential entitlement and ask them to provide
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Providing free bus travel for young people aged under 19

Following consultation, the Scottish Government is making preparations to extend free bus travel to all young people under the age of 19 who reside in Scotland. Draft legislation has now been laid which, if approved by the Scottish Parliament, will enable arrangements to be put in place for the scheme to start operating as soon as practicable during the financial year 2021-22. Extending free bus travel to approximately 770,000 young people will deliver on parliamentary budget agreements and was a commitment outlined in the 2020 Programme for Government. Once the scheme starts, young people under the age of 19 will
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Watch Now: 20-minute Neighbourhoods Webinar

Disability Equality Scotland hosted a webinar about 20-minute neighbourhoods on Thursday 3 December. A 20-minute neighbourhood means having all your basic needs – shops, health centres, work opportunities, and recreation – within a mile of where you live and close enough to walk or wheel. Transport Scotland wanted to identify the impact (including potential challenges and benefits) of 20-minute neighbourhoods on disabled people. The webinar was hosted by our Operations Manager, Emma Scott and we were joined by the following speakers who provided an overview of 20 Minute neighbourhoods and the potential impacts on disabled people: Irene Beautyman, Planning for
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Langbank and Woodhall stations Enhancements

Langbank Please note that Network Rail plan to carryout repairs to the footbridge starting from 9 January 2020 for 5 weeks. Access between platforms will be via Station Road and Main Road. The crossing point (under the bridge is restricted for those who use wheelchairs). Woodhall Please note that Network Rail plan to carryout repairs to the footbridge starting from 16 January 2020 for 3 weeks. Access between platforms will be via Kelburn Terrace and Glasgow road. This route significantly adds time to your journey. We recommend that for customers who may feel that they cannot negotiate this route, to use
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New Report Published: Serving Scotland – Community Transport During Coronavirus

The Community Transport Association (CTA) has published a new report about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Scotland’s community transport operators. The in-depth report looks at how community transport providers in Scotland have been coping, adapting and innovating, sharing information gathered through conversations with CTA members, as well as sharing the incredible impact their work has been having on the communities they serve. Key points:  While all core community transport services have seen a downturn in numbers, dial-a-ride and particularly group hire services have been the most heavily impacted by the pandemic, raising concerns for the long-term sustainability of
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Watch Now: Return to Public Transport Webinar

Disability Equality Scotland hosted a webinar discussion on the return to public transport during COVID-19. This webinar was an opportunity to hear first-hand from operators across different modes of transport about the measures they have put in place to ensure their service is safe. We listened to concerns from disabled people, including our membership, about their experiences of using public transport during COVID-19. But also as restrictions ease, we were keen to hear from disabled people about any concerns they have about returning to travel. We were joined by representatives from Caledonian MacBrayne Ferries, ScotRail, Scotland for the Confederation of
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