Monthly Archives: April 2014

Travelling with Disability/Mobility Issues

Wheelchairs, Electric Wheelchairs, Bariatric Products, Walking Aids, Scooters, Risers & Recliners & Stairlifts

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In Great Britain, the most commonly reported impairments are those that affect mobility, lifting or carrying. When movement is compromised, there are obvious difficulties travelling and accessing public transport, which the government have attempted to address. Transport sectors like trains, buses, taxis and planes adhere to helpful guidelines regarding assistance of their disabled passengers.

Trains

If you are wishing to travel by National Rail, you can call their helpline to inform staff and request attendance at the stations you are travelling to and from. You can also discover if the relevant stations have disabled access. There are specific areas intended for wheelchair use on most trains, and a ramp will enable wheelchair users to board and leave the train. You can also apply for a disabled persons railcard, giving you up to a third off your ticket.

Planes

When planning to fly and needing help at the airport, you must inform your airline at least 48 hours before your flight departure. Its a good idea to check what kind of disabled access and facilities there are at the airports you will be using. At all European airports you have the right to obtain help at particular terminal entrances, transport interchanges and car parks. You should also be offered assistance reaching check-in, being registered, moving through the airport and accessing toilets etc.

This help extends to passengers who have age related issues or are temporarily disabled, impaired or ill. A disabled person is allowed to fly with up to two items of mobility equipment free of charge.

Check out the individual rules regarding wheelchairs with your airline and tell them at least 48 hours in advance, if you will be travelling with a companion to allow them to arrange seating. If you wish to travel with an assistance dog, find out from your airline which documentation they require you to have.

Cars, Buses & Coaches

The DVLA provide information about what you need to do if you wish to drive with a disability or medical condition. You may be eligible for a Blue Badge, which will mean you can park nearer to your destination entrance.

You should apply for a free bus pass if you intend to use this form of transport, as these can be used anywhere in England and Wales. Bus and coach drivers are required to give reasonable assistance to disabled passengers, although you can request more active help if needed while booking your ticket.

There are many online companies such as www.disability-mobility.com where you can access quality disability and mobility products at reasonable prices. A range of wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, disability scooters, stairlifts, bathing, toilet and personal care products, platform lifts and bariatric products are all available along with wheelchair hire. These mobility products for customers in Manchester, Merseyside, Lancashire and Cheshire can go a long way towards facilitating a more independent and fulfilled life.

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