Many of our members would be aware that over the last year, we have been working hard to develop a thorough and comprehensive suite of policies regarding the accessibility of transport services frequently utilised by people who are blind or who have a vision impairment. Thus far, we have completed policies on the accessibility of rail, bus, aviation, taxi, and tram and lite rail services.
Our next project in this arena is to complete a ferry and hydrofoil policy on accessibility, and we need your input! We are seeking information about the issues you may have experienced, or the potential pitfalls one might encounter as a person who is blind or vision impaired when utilising a ferry or hydrofoil service. It does not matter whether you use the service regularly, or just on occasion. What matters is the collection of information which can lead to recommendations for changes or improvements in the service that makes using it more accessible, and just as importantly, as safe as possible.
You can download a copy of a draft ferry and hydrofoil policy which we have formulated based on the foundations and some recommendations of our existing transport policies (here), Draft ferry and hydrofoil policy (Word doc)
Alternatively, you can ask for a copy of the draft policy in your preferred format from Blind Citizens Australia’s head office, by phoning 1800 033 660, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Feedback and further input on the policy can be provided by contacting the office and asking to speak to one of our National Policy and Advocacy Officers on 1800 033 660, or by emailing email@example.com
Your National Policy Development Council state representative is also happy to bring your input and feedback back to us here at the office. For a list of NPDC state representatives, go to NPDC Contact Information
We look forward to receiving your comments and suggestions regarding the hydrofoil and ferry services policy.