Improvements demanded as disabled travel gets harder
New research has shown that a worryingly high proportion of disabled people are finding it harder to get from place to place in the UK than was the case four years ago.
The extensive survey, which was carried out by disability charity Leonard Cheshire, collected data suggesting that around 37 per cent of wheelchair users or otherwise restricted travellers regularly have difficulties using the country's public transport services, which is 10 per cent higher than the figure recorded by a similar survey in 2009.
There are now increasing calls for transport provision to be improved after participants in the study pointed to the inadequate awareness of staff, pushchairs taking up wheelchair spaces and taxi drivers ignoring wheelchair-bound would-be passengers as some of the problems still affecting the network.
Anyone who is familiar with the problems talked about in this survey may wish to look into purchasing one of the many new or used mobility cars that are currently for sale; those who do will be amazed by the high levels of comfort and convenience these completely private vehicles offer compared to rail, taxi and bus services.
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