The Human Rights Commission says parliament’s Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee’s report on the “Inquiry into the future of New Zealand’s Mobility” recognises that accessibility for people with disabilities is crucial to the future of New Zealand’s mobility.
“Accessible transport is fundamental for disabled New Zealanders to contribute as citizens in their communities: both public and private transport must be as accessible as possible to a wide range of people with different needs as recognised in the report,” said Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero.
“We need to aim for 24/7 accessible transport so people with disabilities can participate on an equal basis with non-disabled people. This is particularly important as our population ages.”
The commission welcomed the committee’s recommendations related to accessibility including a review of the total mobility scheme to promote a nationwide “Gold” standard for local bodies, aligning transport plans for disabled and older people.
Ms Tesoriero says the commission welcomed the opportunity work with stakeholders, community members and officials to make transport truly accessible for all New Zealanders.