The Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) welcomes the measures that Transport Scotland and many local authorities are taking to encourage safe and sustainable travel during the coronavirus crisis. MACS wants to ensure that the mobility needs of disabled people are fully considered in the planning and delivery of such measures and has therefore produced a short briefing paper, the content of which is as follows.
In terms of process, it is essential that the impacts on disabled people (including people who have difficulty walking, wheelchair users, people with cognitive impairments, including dementia, blind and Deaf people) are considered. The requirements of the 2010 Equality Act still apply, but an equality impact assessment can be done quickly and minimum bureaucracy, so long as it also takes into consideration needs of disabled people.
It is essential to promote an awareness that many disabled people (who have limited mobility or sight for example) cannot easily avoid others to maintain physical distancing. Councils should consult with local disabled people’s organisations and/or local access panels.
In terms of specific measures, we would urge councils to consider that:
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