Transport and the built environment
Outdoor mobility presents difficulties for blind and partially sighted people. The design of vehicles as well as infrastructure such as stations and stops, many of the standards for which are set at European level, affect how easy or not it is for blind and partially sighted women, men and children to travel. Special transport services are also useful for visually impaired people.
Architects, planners and designers need to consult us and let us test mock ups and models before decisions are made. It's no good asking us to comment on the finished design.
(Jill, age 62, UK)
Travelling with a guide dog.
Many blind and partially sighted people are accompanied by a guide dog, which enables them to travel independently, in their own home areas, by taxi or bus, or throughout Europe, travelling by trains, ferries or planes. Over the past few years, some national governments have introduced legislation, making it possible for visually impaired people and their guide dogs to have full access to public services.
Unfortunately, despite such legislation, we are still experiencing discrimination, where we are refused access to taxis, shops, restaurants, hotels, etc, because of beliefs or attitudes towards dogs, some of them of an allegedly religious nature, which restrict the independent mobility of blind people.
Jill Allen-King, MBE, Chairperson of the EBU Commission on Mobility and Transport, says: "As a guide dog owner, for nearly forty years, despite legislation, I am frequently refused access into taxis because I am accompanied by my guide dog. Travelling this week to Brussels, to attend a road safety conference and a railway meeting, I will not have my guide dog with me, as I know, from past experience, it would be very difficult to use taxis in Brussels, knowing that many drivers will not carry my guide dog".
EBU calls upon all national governments to introduce and enforce anti-discrimination legislation. We also call upon transport operators to provide disability training to their drivers and other staff so that guide dog access is not restricted.
EBU Commission on Transport and Mobility survey on the rights of VI air passengers
In 2011, the EBU Commission on Transport and Mobility conducted a survey on the rights of VI air passengers to assess the impact of the Regulation (EC) No 1107/2006 of 5 July 2006 on VI air passengers. Read the final report (word) "Survey report on the implementation of the EU Regulation concerning the rights of disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility (PRMs) when travelling by air and its impact on visually impaired passengers' air travel experience" and the (word) survey questionnaire.
The video is also available in different languages.
The European Commission has produced a video on the air transport rights of passengers with reduced mobility.