CAMPAIGN UPDATE: DRC presents #GetOnTrack petition to Victorian Minister for Public Transport Ben Carroll MP
DRC Staff, Committee of Management Members and Activists met with Minister Ben Carroll on Wednesday 5 May to present our #GetOnTrack petition for an accessible tram network and discuss improving the accessibility of Victoria’s public transport network more broadly. The meeting was positive, and Minister Carroll acknowledged on his Facebook page that “we have a lot more to do” to achieve a public transport system that works for everyone.
Our Transport Campaign will slow down for a bit while we seek more funding to support our work, but we aren’t finished! If you’d like us to let you know what happens next, click below to stay up to date.
Victorians with disabilities have been asking for accessible public transport for over 40 years. Most of our state’s public transport system is still inaccessible.
Public transport is an important means of travel for millions of Victorians. For some, it’s the only option for getting around independently. As long as our transport system fails to meet accessibility standards, Victorians with disabilities will continue to find it hard to take part in work, education and social life.
The 2002 Disability Standards for Accessible Public Transport state that all tram stops should be fully compliant by 31 December 2022. There is no way the government can meet this deadline. Our leaders continue to make excuses for why they’re so behind. The real reason is simple: it just has not been a priority. We have waited long enough.
We are bringing Victorians with and without disabilities together to demand that our government take urgent action on inaccessible public transport. If you want to be part of the movement, click the Stay Up to Date Button above.