USDOT should ensure AVs and current vehicles provide lifts or ramps, including kneeling, as well as securements. In addition, securements must include proper seat and shoulder belts in good repair. Today, the absence or incomplete presence of seat and shoulder belts often expose wheelchair riders to danger, even in ordinary traffic conditions, as opposed to a sudden stop or collision.
USDOT should provide a template for private industry that could be used to undertake an accessibility assessment for all new vehicles. The assessment could be similar to the voluntary safety assessment. The results of the assessment should be included in the AV Transparency and Engagement for Safe Testing (AV TEST) Initiative database and website.
USDOT should develop engagement guidance to state departments of transportation, state policymakers, metropolitan planning organizations and transit agencies, that includes steps on how to include members of the disability community, low-income communities, and communities of color in advisory groups.
Subsidies should be granted to low income communities, and people with disabilities, to ensure that all Americans have access. In addition, USDOT could encourage public private partnerships and foundations to consider funding for those in need. Subsidies and community ownership of vehicles could allow for those in rural areas without access to transit to benefit.
Often, airplanes transport the scooter in baggage with oversized luggage, wheelchairs and strollers. The have dismantled the scooter,, removed the seat and handlbars, or placed heavy objects on it. These damages have resulted in long delays returning it at the airport, missed flights, long delays for repairs at destinations, inability to use... more »
As they are providing a service to the general public, they should not be allowed to do so unless they are accessible to those with disabilities. This should have to be demonstrated before they are given a license to operate.
Despite fully self-driving... more »
Please make transportation better for people with disabilities. Train cars need to roll on and no steps.