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									  THE ACCESSIBLE JOURNEY:
 REPORT OF THE INQUIRY INTO
ACCESSIBLE LAND TRANSPORT




 PLAIN LANGUAGE SUMMARY




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Who is the Human Rights Commission?


The Human Rights Commission is set up by the New Zealand government
to protect people’s human rights and educate people about their rights. It is
paid for by taxes. It makes the Human Rights Act 1993 work. The Human
Rights Act is a law that applies to everyone.

The Commission

   Gives advice to government

   Runs education programmes

   Settles complaints

   Publishes things like pamphlets and reports

   Makes submissions.


This report is advice to government about how to make bus, trains and
taxis better for disabled people.




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What this report is about

 Going to work, school and doing everyday things can be difficult for
  many disabled people.

 Public land transport such as trains, buses and taxis can make a big
  difference in making sure disabled people can get around their
  community more easily.

 For more than two years the Human Rights Commission has been
  looking at this issue and talking to disabled people and people who
  provide public land transport in New Zealand.

 Many people have been part of developing this report and what it
  recommends.

  They are:
       - Disabled people
       - Providers of public transport
       - Organisations who provide services for disabled people
       - Government, regional and local councils.

 To make sure that all parts of public land transport were looked at – the
  Human Rights Commission looked at the steps it takes to get a person
  from their home to another place and back home again. They call this:

                        “An Accessible Journey”




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What does the Report have in it?

 Disabled people told the Human Rights Commission about their
  experiences, what was working and what wasn’t working with public
  transport in New Zealand.

 Public land transport for disabled people and for older people in New
  Zealand has been looked at closely.

 People and organisations who provide public land transport also spoke
  about their experiences. They talked about the positive things they have
  done, and the problems that they have.

 How public land transport in New Zealand works and who is responsible,
  such as government, regional and local councils, are looked at. The
  Total Mobility Scheme for taxis was also looked at.

 Whether New Zealand public land transport service meets human rights
  standards is looked at to see if disabled people are discriminated
  against.




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What did the Report say?


 A lot of disabled people in New Zealand have extreme difficulties using
  public land transport services.

 New Zealanders are getting older and this means the need for good
  public land transport services will increase.

 Problems disabled New Zealanders have with public land transport
  include:

        -   A lack of information about services
        -   Difficulties in getting a service
        -   Services being expensive
        -   Transport not being accessible.

 People want leadership and coordination to plan and put in place good
  public land transport services in New Zealand.

 We need to work together with disabled people and everyone involved
  with public land transport services in New Zealand if we are going to
  make things better.




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Changes the Human Rights Commission wants

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Who is covered by this Report

1. The Human Rights Act is a law of New Zealand. Everyone must do
   what it says. According to this law disabled people include:



    People who are blind




                                 People who are deaf




People who use wheelchairs




People with intellectual disability


Buses, trains, and taxis should work for all these people

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Disabled people have a say in planning



    Laws should be changed to make people listen to disabled people
    about:

       Where buses run and how often

       How often trains run

       How buses, trains and taxis are built

       How much buses, taxis and trains cost

       Training for bus and taxi drivers




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Better ways to do things


Transport should be designed in a way that disabled people can use. Like:




                                 Trains that are easy to get on
                                 and off




 Ways for blind people to find
 their way to a bus or train




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                                Buses that are
                                easy to get on
                                and off




Timetables that are
easy to understand




          Next train
                       Safety    notices   and
             to        timetable changes that
           Miramar     people can understand.
          10:00 am

          Platform 6




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Training



                                Bus drivers and taxi
                                drivers should be
                                trained to help disabled
                                people use buses and
                                taxis.




People working on trains and
stations should be taught how
to help disabled people use
the train.




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Information


                              We do not know how many
                              disabled people cannot use
                              buses, trains and taxis. The
                              government needs to find
                              out, so it can make good
                              plans for the future.




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Who will do the work?


 The Ministry of Transport is
 part of the government. It will
 make      sure   that   these
 changes will happen.




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Motorised chairs on buses and trains



                                  Some wheelchairs with
                                  motors are too big or too
                                  heavy to go on trains and
                                  buses.    The design of
                                  chairs needs to fit with
                                  the design of buses and
                                  trains.




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Rural Services



                                  Lots of people in small
                                  towns and in the country
                                  don’t have bus and taxi
                                  services. More services are
                                  needed so disabled people
                                  can get to town for work,
                                  sport, shopping, and seeing
                                  friends.




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Total Mobility
                         Many disabled people use Total
                         Mobility vouchers to pay for half
                         of their taxi fare. Total Mobility
                         should be the same for everyone
                         all over New Zealand. Everyone
                         should know about the service.




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School transport


                          Many school buses are still not
                          accessible.     The Ministry of
                          Education is the part of
                          government that pays for school
                          transport.     The Ministry of
                          Education should make getting to
                          school easier for disabled school
                          children.


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Time table for change


                                Some    of   the   changes      will
                                require a lot of money, such as
                                making access to trains from
                                stations easy for everyone. The
                                changes are planned to happen
                                over a number of years.




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Things that could happen now
                                 Teach bus drivers to drive
                                  their buses safely

                                 Tell passengers what bus or
                                  train is at the stop

                                 Tell passengers which stops
                                  are coming up when they
                                  are on the bus or train

                                 Better information about
                                  trains, buses and taxis for
                                  all disabled people.
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           Human Rights Commission Offices:



             Tāmaki Makaurau – Auckland
   th
 10 Floor, Tower Centre, Cnr Queen and Customs Streets
PO Box 6751, Wellesley Street, Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland
             Waea Telephone (09) 309 0874
           Waea Whakāhua Fax (09) 377 3593


          Te Whanganui ā Tara – Wellington
         Level 8, Vogel Building, 8 Aitken Street
PO Box 12411, Thorndon, Te Whanganui ā Tara Wellington
            Waea Telephone (04) 473 9981
          Waea Whakāhua Fax (04) 471 6759


                Otautahi – Christchurch
 Ground Floor, KPMG at Cranmer, 34-36 Cranmer Square
          PO Box 1578, Otautahi Christchurch
            Waea Telephone (03) 379 2015
          Waea Whakāhua Fax (03) 353 0959


                  http://www.hrc.co.nz


           Human Rights Commission InfoLine
                 0800 496 877 (toll free)
            TTY (teletypewriter) 0800 150 111
            Fax (09) 377 3593 (Attn: InfoLine)
                    infoline@hrc.co.nz



                    September 2005
                  ISBN: 0-478-28608-2




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