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zTrsnsportatikn of mobility devices

Transporting an electric mobility scooter can be very problematic sometimes.

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 »

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Subsidies & Resources Assistance for Private Ownership

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.

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Access for All, Needs-Based Implementation & Engagement

USDOT should encourage state DOTs and transit agencies partnering with or hosting AV testing or deployment to respond to the community's needs, particularly those in the disability community, low income, and communities of color, in rural and tribal areas that are often underserved. Agencies must engage these communities to identify problems and solutions, acknowledge the wealth of knowledge derived from experience, and... more »

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State and Local Engagement

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.

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Anti-Discriminatory Insurance Policies

In addition to anti-discriminatory licensing, USDOT should highlight existing ADA requirements that prohibit refusal of service because of insurance company conditions, coverage or rates. Research, discussions and other steps should be undertaken to ensure insurance rates for vehicles with ramps, lifts and additional accessibility features are not prohibitive and do not stall testing and deployment. In addition, if passengers... more »

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Accessibility Assessments

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.

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Prioritizing Accessibility in FMVSS Changes

A recent NPRM regarding occupant protection for AVs provides 4 guiding principles NHTSA is using to address Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) reform and regulatory barriers. These include: (1) maintaining current performance requirements, (2) reducing unnecessary barriers and uncertainty for manufacturers, (3) maintaining the current regulatory text structure, and (4) remaining tech neutral. In addition to... more »

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Improve Securement for AVs and Current Passenger Vehicles

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.

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Enhancing Accessibility in AV 4.0

USDOT should consider adopting recommendations made by the CCD Transportation TF regarding AV 4.0, including formation of an AV Advisory Committee with an accessibility subcommittee, and any grants funding autonomous vehicle projects requiring that people with disabilities are part of the design and testing of new technologies in order to ensure the accessibility and usability of the technology from the start. NHTSA should... more »

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Commercial Motor Vehicle Operation

USDOT should consider and adopt July 2019 recommendations made by the Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities Transportation Task Force regarding commercial motor vehicle operation. The Transportation Task Force urged FMCSA to reconsider physical qualification restrictions regarding operation and monitoring of ADS-CMVs, and eliminate the restrictions placed on deaf and hard of hearing applicants for ADS and Non-ADS... more »

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Accessible on demand private transportation service

We applaud DOT's commitment to accessible transportation and are excited by the investments they have already made to fund the development of accessible AV standards through a partnership with a Standards Development Organization. We look forward to engaging in this important work and hope that DOT will intentionally engage people with disabilities and disability rights organizations as the agency pursues this necessary... more »

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Infrastructure needs before the start of the trip

Idea submitted by cajellen:

I'm very concerned about this problem because I used to work in HR and wasn't always challenged – I have always had a mild hearing deficit but I was able to overcome it by lipreading and using hearing aids. Now it's more profound and I also have a vision issue. I was a working person, but as time went on I found I had to use public transportation more and more because I couldn't drive at night... more »

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Infrastructure needs before the start of the trip

I'm very concerned about this problem because I used to work in HR and wasn't always challenged – I have always had a mild hearing deficit but I was able to overcome it by lipreading and using hearing aids. Now it's more profound and I also have a vision issue. I was a working person, but as time went on I found I had to use public transportation more and more because I couldn't drive at night and then during the day.... more »

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Passage of Air Carrier Access Act Amendments

As a veteran, injured on active duty, It is still not safe for me to fly. Not covered by the ADA, air travel was supposedly ensured for the disabled by the Air Carrier Access Act signed over thirty years ago. It's not working. I've been dropped by low paid contract airline assistants, my wheelchair damaged to be unusable, and many other disabled Americans have faced similar problems. Some people have been refused flights.... more »

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United Spinal Association

United Spinal continues to work with the public and private sectors to provide for the safe and secure travel of people who use wheelchairs. Technological advances, like the promise automated vehicles holds, can expedite research and design of universal securement systems and more crashworthiness in all types of wheelchairs. DOT can and must play a significant role in providing the needed funding to advance the research... more »

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