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3 Tips For Using Public Transport With A Wheelchair Or Scooter

For many advanced adults, using public transport can be a daunting experience, especially if they use a wheelchair or scooter. However, with some planning and tips, it can be a safe and convenient way to get around. Here are three tips on how older people can use public transport with a wheelchair or scooter for medical mobility.


Plan Properly


Before heading out, it's crucial to plan your journey. This will ensure you know which bus or train to take, where to get on and off, and what to expect. You can use online resources such as Transport for London's (TfL) journey planner or National Rail Enquiries to plan your journey.


If you're using a wheelchair or scooter, it's essential to check the accessibility of the transport you'll be using. Most buses and trains have designated spaces for wheelchairs and scooters, but it's always best to check beforehand. You can find accessibility information on TfL's website or by contacting the transport provider directly.


It's also a good idea to plan for potential delays or disruptions. Check for any planned engineering works or strikes that may affect your journey. You can sign up for TfL or National Rail Enquiries alerts to stay up-to-date with any changes.


Bring What You Need


When using public transport with a wheelchair or scooter for medical mobility, it's important to be prepared for any eventuality. This means carrying any necessary equipment or accessories, such as a ramp or cushion, in case they're needed.


It's also a good idea to dress appropriately for the weather and wear comfortable shoes. If you're using a wheelchair, wear suitable clothing that won't get caught on the wheels.

If you have any specific requirements, such as needing assistance to board the transport, it's best to inform the transport provider in advance. Most providers offer assistance services but may need some notice to make the necessary arrangements.


Know Your Rights


As a wheelchair or scooter user, you have certain public transport rights. In the UK, the Equality Act 2010 requires transport providers to make reasonable adjustments to ensure disabled passengers can use their services.


The reasonable adjustments that transport providers must make may include assisting with boarding and alighting from the transport or providing accessible information such as audio announcements or braille. The transport provider should also ensure that their staff are trained to assist disabled passengers and treat them with dignity and respect. If the designated wheelchair space is occupied, the transport provider should ask non-disabled passengers to move, as this space is reserved for wheelchair or scooter users. Note that these reasonable adjustments should be reasonable for the transport provider.


If you sense your rights have been violated, contact the transport provider or the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS) for advice.


Make Medically-Assisted Movement a Possibility


Navigating public transport with a wheelchair or scooter can be a convenient and safe way for older adults to get around. By planning, being prepared, and knowing your rights, you can ensure your journey is as smooth as possible. If you're unsure, don't hesitate to ask for help – transport providers are there to assist you.


At Mobility 2 You, we offer an extensive selection of mobility aids and equipment for your convenience. You can easily purchase through our website, over the phone, or in-store for various medical mobility devices. Additionally, we provide free delivery for specific orders. Call 020-8807-0702 for more information today!

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