‘No public transport for the disabled’

2012-05-10 00:00

DISABLED people raised their concerns about the public transport system yesterday at a meeting held at the Association for the Physically Challenged.

The meeting, which was attended by Amanda Gibberd of the national Transport Department, was aimed at giving the disabled a look at Pietermaritzburg’s plans to improve the transport system and make it efficient for them.

One woman said she spent R1 400 on metered taxis every month, adding there was no public transport available disabled people.

Taxi ranks did not offer easy access. “There are no ramps for wheelchairs at taxi ranks. I have to resort to using cabs every day, which is very expensive,” she said.

Another speaker suggested that the government should provide transport especially for the disabled.

Nandi Mandela of Linda Masinga and Associates, a legal firm in Durban, will be a part of the team tasked with ensuring that the new transport system is efficient for everyone.

She explained how the proposed integrated rapid public transport network would work and how it would make people’s lives easier.

“This is a system that includes all modes of public transport — taxis, buses and trains.

“We want this to be as efficient as systems that are used in Cape Town and Johannesburg,” Mandela said.

The first phase of the project will be completed in five years.

• Siyathemba.Ben@media24.com

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