important local concern but only a fifth (21%) believe those
responsible for transport planning and development give about the
right amount of attention to disabled people, according to a report
'Attitudes of Disabled People to Public Transport in England and
Wales' is the first such survey by DPTAC, the government's statutory
advisors on the transport needs of disabled people, and is possibly
the largest survey dedicated to the attitudes of disabled people to
transport in England and Wales.
The research study undertaken by MORI questioned 989 disabled people
across England and Wales to establish their attitudes to public
DPTAC chair Jane Wilmot said:
'There is a clear message to government from this research,
confirming that disabled people experience significant difficulties
with transport, but that they expect these issues to be addressed at
the earliest possible opportunity. DPTAC will use the findings of
this survey to inform its advice to government on ensuring access
issues arising from the more commonly recognised forms of disability
are mainstreamed in transport provision.'
Although the report identifies that disabled people currently travel
a third less often than the general public, around half say
improvements to public transport would have a positive impact on
their quality of life (47%). Taxis and minicabs are used much more
frequently by disabled people (67% more), as well as buses (around
20% more) than non-disabled people.
Disabled people have high expectations for the future public
transport system and will use improved services. Two thirds of
disabled people (65%) were dissatisfied with pavement maintenance, of
which half were very dissatisfied. However, around half say they
would go out more if improvements were made to walking conditions
Disabled people also expect consideration of their needs to be
factored into the design of public transport vehicles and services
(49%) but despite this 26% think easy to use buses will not be
available until 2015.
The survey has many interesting findings for DPTAC and the government
to consider, providing an important snapshot of disabled peoples
attitudes to mainstream public transport. It was undertaken to
coincide with the launch of the DPTAC Annual Report, also published
today, which sets out the key achievements of DPTAC and other
important developments contributing to a more inclusive transport
system and built environment for everyone.
Writing in the introduction Jane Wilmot said:
'We had been considering ways to promote the needs of disabled people
and share DPTAC advice on best practice with disabled people and
industry. One solution introduced last year was our own dedicated web
Both the survey and Annual Report are now available on the website .
1.The Disabled Persons Transport Advisory Committee (DPTAC) was
set up under the Transport Act 1985 to advise the government on the
transport needs of all disabled people. DPTAC provides expert
advice to government and undertakes independent research on the
transport needs of disabled people with the aim ensuring disabled
people have the same opportunities for travel as non-disabled
2. Jane Wilmot was appointed chair of DPTAC in 1999. The
committee has a maximum of 20 members (of whom at least half must
themselves be disabled), representing a wide range of transport and
built environment interests. Members are appointed by ministers and
are unpaid, apart from the reimbursement of expenses.
3. MORI have extensive experience in conducting large scale
quantitative studies of transport and disability related issues.
MORI interviewed 989 disabled people aged 16+. All interviews were
conducted face-to-face throughout England and Wales between 19
November 2001 and 6 January 2002 in 100 constituency-based sampling
points. Data was weighted by disability, working status and region.
Copies of the questionnaire are included in the report. More
information on MORI is available from MORI, 79-81 Borough Road,
London, SE1 1FY or www.mori.com
4. Under Section 125(6) of the Transport Act 1985, DPTAC is
required to make an annual report to the secretary of state and
also requires the secretary of state to lay copies of DPTAC's
Annual Report before each house of parliament.