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Watch: Disability Training for Public Transport Staff

Watch our latest webinar discussion about Disability Training for Public Transport Staff. This was a chance for disabled people to discuss their own experiences of public transport and the support they have received from staff on those journeys, and provided suggestions for how the system could be improved. During this event we heard from: Claire Clark, Senior Executive Officer at the Office of Rail and Road Billy Robb, Customer Services Director at NorthLink Ferries Cheryl Campbell, Airport Services Manager and Inverness airport HIAL (Highlands and Islands Airports) Robert Burns, Stakeholder Engagement Officer (Scotland) at FirstBus A full summary report will
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Trial of accessible Electric Vehicle Charging in Dundee

Duku Design and Urban Foresight are currently working on 2 projects to improve the accessibility of electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure for disabled people. The first of these projects, funded by Scottish Enterprise and Transport Scotland, looks to develop tools that will make charging an electric vehicle easier and quicker at existing charge point infrastructure. The second project, funded by Innovate UK, looks to develop an accessible EV charger. As part of these projects, Duku Design and Urban Foresight are running a trial to test the prototype: Date: 16 March 2022 (all day) and 17 March 2022 (morning only) Location:
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Zebra Crossing Research – Focus Group Invitation (16 March 2022)

  Jacobs and the University of Edinburgh are conducting research into zebra crossings on behalf of Transport Scotland and the Scottish Roads Research Board. Zebra crossings help pedestrians cross from one side of the road to the other. They have white stripes painted onto the road in the crossing area, with flashing amber lights (known as belisha beacons) at both sides of the road on black and white striped poles. Pavement kerbs are dropped at both ends of the crossing, usually with tiles with raised bumps (known as tactile paving) where the pavement meets the road. Zebra crossings give priority
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ScotRail Introduces Temporary Timetable Due to COVID

The rapid spread of the COVID-19 Omicron variant has resulted in a large number of absences at ScotRail, with staff testing positive, awaiting results, or having to self-isolate. This means that several services have been changed or even cancelled, in recent weeks. The timetable, which mainly impacts upon services in the central belt, will be in place from Tuesday, January 4 until January 28, and will operate between Monday and Friday. David Simpson, ScotRail Operations Director, said:  “Like most businesses, ScotRail is not immune to the impact of coronavirus. We’ve been working flat out to run a safe and reliable railway in really difficult and
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Consultation Event on Blue Badge Low Emission Zone Exemptions

Low Emission Zones are being introduced in Scotland’s four largest cities: Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee to improve air quality and people’s health. The Low Emission Zones will restrict vehicles that do not meet or exceed the euro emission standards. As part of the Transport (Scotland) Act 2019 a number of national exemptions have been granted, this includes an exemption for Blue Badge holders whose vehicles are non-compliant. This is to support the accessibility needs of Blue Badge holders even if their vehicle does not meet the Low Emission Zone standards. Transport Scotland is hosting an online consultation event to
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Help Make Electric Vehicle Charge Points More Accessible

Ensuring electric vehicle charge points are accessible and user friendly for all is a core part of the Scottish Government’s approach to building out Scotland’s charging infrastructure. That being the case, Transport Scotland is working in partnership with Scottish Enterprise through the Can Do Innovation Challenge framework to fund solutions which will improve the design of electric vehicle charge points to make them more accessible. One of these solutions is being produced by the company Urban Foresight in partnership with Duku product Design which will develop prototype tools to help older people and disabled people to be able to charge
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20-Minute Neighbourhood Webinar Series – Video Overview

At Disability Equality Scotland, we recently joined the Health and Social Care Academy, and the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) to take part in an event series which explored the benefits and challenges of a 20-Minute Neighbourhood. The 20-Minute Neighbourhood concept has gained attention internationally and has been developed in cities such as Melbourne, Portland and Paris. The concept looks at having all your basic needs – health and social care, shops, work hubs, places to socialise – met within a 20-minute walk, wheel or cycle from where you live. This event series was an opportunity to provide
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Watch our Transport Assistance Cards Webinar

Watch Disability Equality Scotland host a webinar discussion on the use of assistance cards on public transport. During this event we heard from Keith Fisken about the Thistle Assistance Programme, and Steven Dickson about the National Entitlement Card (NEC) including information on the rollout of free bus travel for under 22s. In addition, attendees discussed their own experiences of using transport assistance cards and provided suggestions for how the system could be improved. The webinar was recorded live on Tuesday 2 November 2021 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm, and was supported by captioning, as well as British Sign Language (BSL) interpreters. BSL
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Transport Assistance Cards Webinar, Tuesday 2 November 2021, 1:30pm to 3:00pm

Join Disability Equality Scotland as we host a webinar discussion about Assistance Cards for travel on public transport on Tuesday 2 November 2021 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm. The discussion will hear from the Thistle Assistance Card and App and the National Entitlement Card and include small breakout groups with transport providers to discuss the ways in which disabled people can be supported to travel. Register to attend the webinar: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYscu6qqj8jGNbt7_GhKTuUvtTePR9Js36E
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National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2021 runs from 9–16 October 2021 In June 2021, the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service released its latest report ‘Hate Crime in Scotland, 2020-21’ showing that the number of hate crimes relating to disability had increased by 14% to 448.  This is the highest number of charges reported since the legislation creating this aggravation came into force in 2010.  The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service maintain that around 97% of disability hate crime goes unreported. At Disability Equality Scotland, we have been working with Transport Scotland and partners to launch the National Hate Crime
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