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June 19th – DPAC –  RIGHT TO RIDE 

National Day of Action around lack of Accessible Transport 

In London DPAC and Transport for All will be holding a day of action around transport on 19th June.

 

We hope others will organise similar protests that day wherever they live as we’d like to highlight the problems nationally.

We will be trying to highlight the failings of the transport system as is and saying it wont be fit for purpose in the future when hundreds of thousands more people lose their benefits, and maybe also their right to passported services like motability cars, taxicards, blue badges etc and therefore are forced to use public transport.

Ian Duncan Smith is stripping people of their essential benefits and at the same time saying we should work. We want to highlight how difficult it is for disabled people to get to work using public transport. We want to show why DLA is still essential to disabled people.

We will be asking activists to attend a lobby at the House of Commons in the afternoon (time tbc), and then travel by bus to the Confederation of Passenger Transport, the umbrella body for all European bus companies in Covent Garden area.

To cause maximum but legal chaos we need as many wheelchair users, visually impaired, deaf and other disabled people to all need to use the same buses at the same time.

We would like you to invite your MPs to the lobby and ask them to travel with us on the short ride to experience first hand the issues facing disabled passengers every day.

However we also know many of you will not want to lobby your MP or go to House of Commons so if you prefer just to help us bring one of London’s bus routes to a grinding halt simply by getting on and off the buses along a specific route then please met us at 4pm either outside House of Parliament visitor entrance or at Abingdon Street bus stop, next to Victoria Tower and more or less opposite College Green.

 

 

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  5 Responses to “June 19th – DPAC – RIGHT TO RIDE”

  1. Can possibly make it live in mkt Harborough

  2. As an ex bus driver in the north-east,now disabled through driving buses. I want to make my disabled colleagues aware of a policy the GoAhead group who run buses in the capital adopt on Tyneside. It might be worth checking to see if this is nationwide. If a wheelchair passenger cannot board a vehicle either because it is not accessible or the wheelchair bay is occupied either by another wheelchair or some pramhead wont move then the driver must radio ahead to ensure if there is a suitable bus within 5minutes there is a wheelchair bay available. Or if not they must provide a taxi. This does not just clog the buses it clogs the bus communication network too,take it from me!

  3. I would be more than happy to coordinate something in Leicester if members are interested?

    • Jayne – I am in Notts but happy to travel to leics. Not sure if I could gather enough people for separate Notts one. Not a wheelchair user but walk with a stick & happy to help organise & publicise etc. You can either email or tweet @rickysmum

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