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Who is this page for?

  • Individuals using a service

Which countries is it relevant to?

  •   England
  •  Scotland
  •  Wales
Your rights when travelling by air

The Equality Act 2010 gave disabled people rights including in the areas of public transport and consolidated and expanded existing equalities legislation, including introducing a new public sector equality duty. Transport operators have a duty to proactively consider how they are going to effectively reduce the barriers for disabled people.

EU regulations: Air passengers rights

Under European law-Air passengers Rights, if you are disabled or have difficulty moving around you can receive assistance when you fly to, from and within Europe.

You do not need to be permanently or physically disabled to benefit from this service. In fact, anyone who has difficulty moving around, for example because of their disability, age or a temporary injury, can receive help when they fly. This may include help when travelling through an airport, boarding or disembarking an aircraft and during a flight.

Sometimes, however, the assistance you get may not meet your expectations or communication can break down. In some limited cases, your requirements may not be covered by the law.

You can find out more from our booklet Top tips for disabled and less mobile passengers – Your Passport to a Smooth Journey.

You can find out more from our free step-by-step guide ‘Your Rights to Fly

Last updated: 19 Feb 2019

 

Further information

If you think you might have been treated unfairly and want further advice, you can contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service.

Phone: 0808 800 0082
Textphone: 0808 800 0084

You can email using the contact form on the EASS website.

Also available through the website are BSL interpretation, web chat services and a contact us form.

Post:
FREEPOST
EASS HELPLINE
FPN6521

Opening hours:

9am to 7pm Monday to Friday
10am to 2pm Saturday
closed on Sundays and Bank Holidays

Alternatively, you can visit our advice and guidance pag

Disability and air travel

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/disability-and-air-travel

Air Travel – FAQs

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance-faq/air-travel-faqs

Top tips for disabled and less mobile air passengers

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/top-tips-disabled-and-less-mobile-air-passengers

Pay for damaged wheelchairs, leading Paralympian tells airlines

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/our-work/news/pay-damaged-wheelchairs-leading-paralympian-tells-airlines

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What is BlueBadgeParking.com

BlueBadgeParking.com is a free, worldwide map and database of disabled / handicap parking places.

Through the power of crowd-sourcing, and with your help, we are building the most comprehensive and most up to date collection of disabled / handicap parking locations in the world.

From this data you can print your own maps – searching for a specific area, town, street or even a particular attraction – or download the database to your SatNav and search on the road! Continue reading

https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/disability-and-air-travel

What is on this page?

Who is this page for?

  • Individuals using a service

Which countries is it relevant to?

    •  England
    •  Scotland
    • Wales
Your rights when travelling by air

The Equality Act 2010 gave disabled people rights including in the areas of public transport and consolidated and expanded existing equalities legislation, including introducing a new public sector equality duty. Transport operators have a duty to proactively consider how they are going to effectively reduce the barriers for disabled people.

EU regulations: Air passengers rights

Under European law-Air passengers Rights, if you are disabled or have difficulty moving around you can receive assistance when you fly to, from and within Europe.

You do not need to be permanently or physically disabled to benefit from this service. In fact, anyone who has difficulty moving around, for example because of their disability, age or a temporary injury, can receive help when they fly. This may include help when travelling through an airport, boarding or disembarking an aircraft and during a flight.

Sometimes, however, the assistance you get may not meet your expectations or communication can break down. In some limited cases, your requirements may not be covered by the law.

You can find out more from our booklet Top tips for disabled and less mobile passengers – Your Passport to a Smooth Journey.

You can find out more from our free step-by-step guide ‘Your Rights to Fly

Last updated: 19 Feb 2019

The above information is from  https://www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/advice-and-guidance/disability-and-air-travel

Request assistance for your journey, two hours or more before you travel.

Our opening hours are 07:00 to 22:00, 7 days a week (except Christmas Day) for phone and online bookings. If you’re travelling early in the morning, make sure you book assistance before 22:00 the previous evening.


You can book assistance:

  • Online using this form
  • At any staffed station on our network – check opening times at your station
  • Free Assisted Travel Helpline: 0800 912 2901
  • Assisted Travel Textphone: 18001 0800 912 2 901 (for people who are hard of hearing)

If your journey goes beyond our network, and includes travel on other train operator services, we ask that you book assistance 24 hours before travelling so we can meet their notice period requirements.

More information about accessible travel can be found here

Book assistance online

We’ll verify your journey details, make sure we can fulfil your request and confirm arrangements via email. If you’ve provided your phone number, we’ll call you if we need to talk things through.

https://www.scotrail.co.uk/form/assisted-travel

The below information is from http://www.wheelchairchildren.org.uk/

Go Kids Go! was formerly known as Association of Wheelchair Children which in turn came out of The Newham Rollers  – a local activities group for wheelchair-using children, which operated in the East End of London in the late 1980’s.

As news about its work spread, founder Owen McGhee (BSc, MCSP, SRP) who was the Senior Community Paediatric Physiotherapist for the Newham Health Authority, identified a national need for these specialist wheelchair services. In 1990 AWC became a registered national charity and since that time has helped literally thousands of wheelchair-using children and their families. Continue reading

As part of Fife Council’s Transportation Services, Demand Responsive Transport provides wheelchair-accessible transport free-of-charge to individuals in the community who have difficulty accessing mainstream public transport.

These services are commonly known as Dial-a-Ride and Ring & Ride.

Dial-a-Ride

Dial-a-Ride is a free shopping service for people who have difficulty using conventional public transport. This is a minibus service that will pick you up from your home address and take you to a major shopping centre within your local area.  Please contact us for a timetable for your area which shows the day(s) and time(s) you can travel.

All our buses are easily accessed by very low steps or a lift. The driver is always on hand to help you and will assist you on and off the bus if required.

We can also tell you which shopping centres have ‘Shopmobility‘ (takes you to an external site) who may be able to arrange a helper for you.  A friend can travel with you as a companion and they too will travel free.  You can bring your hearing or guide dog.

Passengers wishing to travel must book their journeys before their day of travel by telephoning

03451 55 11 88 between 9.00 am and 2.30 pm Monday to Friday.

Bookings will normally be accepted up to 14 days in advance.

Ring & Ride

This is a door-to-door service that you must call and book in advance. The bus will call at your door and will take you anywhere within the local area.

All our buses have very low steps or a lift. The driver is always on hand to help you and will assist you on and off the bus if you want.

Ring & Ride currently operates within the following areas:

  • Kirkcaldy
  • Levenmouth – (Leven/Buckhaven/Methil/Methilhill, Kennoway, Windygates)
  • Dunfermline (including Rosyth)
  • Glenrothes

You can travel anywhere within your area. Unfortunately, you cannot use Ring & Ride to travel between different areas of Fife. For example, you cannot travel from Kirkcaldy to Dunfermline, using the Ring & Ride, however we can provide you with transport to an interchange point to allow you onwards travel. This may help when trying to access, for example, hospital appointments out with your area.

Who can use Ring & Ride?
If it is difficult for you to use normal buses then call us. Your difficulty may be permanent or temporary, physical, mental or sensory.

Where can I go?
You can go anywhere you want, as long as it is within your area.You may want to go shopping, visit relatives and friends, go to work or to college, go to the cinema or bingo or just visit the park. Please see the attached leaflet for your area in the publications section at the bottom of the page.

When can I travel?

Operating Area Travel Time from Travel Time to
Kirkcaldy 8.40am 10.00pm
Levenmouth 8.40am 10.00pm
Dunfermline 8.00am 10.00pm
Glenrothes 8.00am 10.00pm

What if I need a helping hand?
If you feel the support of a friend or family member would help please bring them with you. You can also bring your hearing or guide dog.

What does it cost?
Once registered you can travel free.

How do I use Ring & Ride?
We need you to register before you can book a journey. Registration is quick and simple, all you need to do is telephone the Ring & Ride office on 03451 55 11 88.  Registrations will be accepted between 11.00 am and 2pm.

Telephone the booking office on 03451 55 11 88 and tell us where and at what time you want to travel. Our booking office is open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 2.30pm.

The list below shows the day you need to call us to book your trip:

To travel on: Book your trip on:
Sunday Friday
Monday Friday
Tuesday Monday
Wednesday Tuesday
Thursday Wednesday
Friday Thursday
Saturday Thursday

Please use the contact details below for any further information on these services.  A trained member of staff will take time to discuss with you the various services available within your area.

Ring & Ride 
Tel: 03451 55 11 88
By Post: Rothesay House Rothesay Place Glenrothes Fife KY7 5PQ

The below is from https://www.nationalrail.co.uk/stations_destinations/disabled_passengers.aspx       added 31/08/2019

For A Helping Hand When Travelling By Train

At National Rail we want all our customers to be able to access stations and trains for a more inclusive journey experience.

We understand that when making a journey some customers would be more confident travelling with a little extra support and that’s why all train companies offer a helping hand for any trip through Passenger Assist. You can book assistance 24-hours a day by contacting Passenger Assist on freephone 0800 0223720.

Here’s a guide for more information on available assistance.

Passenger Assist

Simply book assistance for any train journey, with one number. For a helping hand around the station, to boarding a train or arranging a ramp.

The train company you’re travelling with will organise assistance for your entire journey, even if you travel with someone else to complete the trip.

The Train company you are travelling with can arrange for someone to:

  •   meet you at the station entrance or meeting point
  •   help you navigate around the station and accompany you to your train
  •   help you on and off the service
  •   provide a ramp on and off your train
  •   meet you from your train and take you to your next train or the exit
  •   carry your bag (up to three items of luggage as per the National Rail Conditions of Travel)

How to book

Simply call for free on

0800 0223720

24 hours before travelling or a text 60083.

For textphone/minicom 0845 60 50 600 or visit www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk/travel-assistance

Let us know the journey you are planning to take, and we will connect you to the appropriate train operating company to make your booking request.

For text and textphone we’ll send an instant SMS with the number you need to dial from your textphone unit.

Call and texts are at no charge.

Save time and book ahead

It’s always best to book as far ahead as possible. Some train companies may ask for up to 24 hours’ notice before travel, although some may accept requests for booked assistance at short notice.

Where a station is staffed they will always help you if they can, even if you just turn up on the day of travel. However, it might mean that sometimes this might take a little bit longer to arrange as staff may be assisting other customers, dispatching a train, or looking after safety on the platform.

If staff are not able to help you straight away they will explain clearly why not and do their best to assist as soon as they can.

If Things Go Wrong

If the train you want to travel on is cancelled or delayed

You will not have to pay extra if you cannot buy your ticket before getting on the train due to an impairment.

Train companies will do everything possible to get you to the station you want to travel to. If it is not possible to access a rail replacement bus, the train company will provide an accessible alternative, such as a complimentary  taxi to the station you are planning to travel to.

You can complain if your journey goes wrong and the train company will investigate it fully and fairly. You may also be entitled to compensation if there is a delay to  your journey or something goes wrong . To understand your full rights please refer to the National Rail Conditions of Travel.

Throughout your journey

  •   The train company will do all it can to communicate effectively
  •   Staff will treat all customers with respect and dignity
  •   Staff will understand your needs
  •  Trained staff will know how to use company equipment that may help with a journey

You can also book assistance and find out more information direct from the train company on the numbers below:

Train Company Access Information Online Telephone Textphone/Typetalk
c2c c2c Access Information 0345 744 4422 03457 444422  (Textphone
compatible with Ultratec Minicom 6000)
Caledonian Sleeper Caledonian Sleeper Access Information 0330 060 0500 1 800 103 300 600 500 (text relay service)
Chiltern Railways Chiltern Railways Access Information 03456 005 165 08457 078 051 (Textphone)
CrossCountry CrossCountry Access Information 0344 811 0125 0344 811 0126 (Textphone)
East Midlands Railway East Midlands Railway Access Information 03457 125 678 03457 078 051 (Textphone)
Gatwick Express Gatwick Express Access Information 0800 138 1016 0800 138 1018 (Textphone)
Grand Central Grand Central Access Information 0344 811 0072 0344 556 1400 (Textphone)
Great Northern Great Northern Access Information 0800 058 2844 0800 975 1052 (Textphone)
Great Western Railway Great Western Railway Access Information 08001 971 329  18001 0800 197 1329 (Textphone)
Greater Anglia Greater Anglia Access Information 08000 282 878 18001 08000 282878 (text relay service)
Hull Trains Hull Trains Access Information 0800 316 1323 0800 304 7513 (Textphone)
Island Line Island Line Access Information 0800 528 2100 0800 692 0792 (Textphone)
LNER LNER Access Information 03457 225 225 18001 03457 225 225 (Text relay service)
London Northwestern Railway London Northwestern Railway Access Information 0800 024 8997 18001 0800 024 8997 (Next Generation Text)
London Overground London Overground Access Information 0343 222 1234 020 3031 9331 (Textphone)
Merseyrail Merseyrail Access Information 0800 0277 347 0151 702 2071 (Textphone)
Northern Northern Access Information 0800 138 5560 08456 045 608 (Textphone)
ScotRail ScotRail Access Information 0800 912 2901 18001 0800 912 2 901 (Typetalk)
Southeastern Southeastern Access Information 08007 834 524 08007 834 548 (Textphone)
South Western Railway South Western Railway Access Information 0800 528 2100 0800 692 0792 (Textphone)
Southern Southern Access Information 0800 138 1016 0800 138 1018 (Textphone)
Thameslink Thameslink Access Information 0800 058 2844 0800 975 1052 (Textphone)
TfL Rail TfL Rail Access Information 0343 222 3456 0800 112 3456 (Textphone)
TransPennine Express TransPennine Express Access Information 0800 107 2149 18001 0800 107 2149 (Textphone)
Transport for Wales Transport for Wales Access Information 03330 050 501 08457 585 469 (Textphone)
Virgin Trains Virgin Trains Access Information 08000 158 123 08000 158 124 (Textphone)
West Midlands Railway West Midlands Railway Access Information 0800 024 8998 18001 0800 024 8998 (Next Generation Text)

Accessible stations

We have a wealth of detail relating to all National Rail served stations. Each station has its own page and you can find the one that you are looking for by using our Station Finder

You can easily look up the accessible features of any National Rail served station, including step-free access, lift availability and accessible toilet information, with our interactive Access Map.

Discounts

If you have a disability you may be eligible for a Disabled Persons Railcard.

If you do not have a Railcard and you are blind or partially sighted and travelling with a companion, or if you use a wheelchair, you can get a discount on Anytime tickets.

Train facilities

It can be helpful to have an idea of what facilities are available on board the train. This information is arranged by Train Company. If you are unsure which Train Company is running your train you can check using our Journey Planner.

Mobility scooters

Train Companies have different policies about carrying Mobility Scooters on trains.

Further information

The Disabled Persons Railcard website provides lots of useful hints and tips on rail travel for disabled rail users.

The below information is from: https://www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk/

Get 1 /3 off rail fares

If you’re travelling with a friend they can get the discount too.

£20 for a one year card can you afford to be without it? A three year card at £54 is also available (Prices at 29/08/2019)

To find out how to apply see the leaflet ‘Rail Travel Made Easy’ (available at stations) or contact us on:
Web www.disabledpersons-railcard.co.uk Continue reading

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The Act will lead to all disabled street parking places becoming enforceable. The general approach of the Act is to impose a duty on local authorities, in particular circumstances, to exercise its power to make a particular kind of order under either section 45 (street parking places) or section 35 (off-street parking places) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 (the 1984 Act). The Act does not amend the 1984 Act itself in any way. These kinds of orders which the local authorities are to be required to make are already open to them under the 1984 Act. The powers under the 1984 Act are not affected; rather, this Act separately imposes a duty to exercise those powers in particular circumstances. Once the duty under this Act is triggered, the provision as to procedure and enforcement etc. is that applicable under the 1984 Act.” Continue reading