SPECIAL TRANSPORT SERVICE AND MODIFICATION OF CONVENTIONAL PUBLIC TRANSPORT SERVICES

In this paper handicapped persons are considered to be those with insufficient physical and mental ability to move about freely on existing public transport sytems. We have grouped handicapped persons into four main groups; those handicapped in movement, vision, hearing or in other respects. We estimate that 10,000 of the Norwegian population of 4 million is completely dependent on transport in special vehicles. These are wheelchair users, paralysed people, deaf-blinds, people with certain mental conditions and people with serious allergies. More than 100,000 people may with varying degrees of difficulty use trains, airplanes and ships for regional or interregional trips. For local trips they are dependent upon some sort of special transport service. By modifications to conventional public transport services, we estimate savings in yearly operating costs of 30-40 million English Pounds because of the reduced demand on special services. We have, in co-operation with the different groups of handicapped persons, investigated different modes of transport and terminals. One conclusion is that wheelchair users have the most serious difficulties as public transport passengers and that both stick-users and people who are visually handicapped have considerable problems. The aurally handicapped coped quite well. /Author/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • From the Proceedings of the International Conference on Transport for the Elderly and the Handicapped, sponsored by the Transportation Research Board, Transport and Road Research Laboratory, England, and the Ministere d'Equipment (Transports) France.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Loughborough University

    Transport Studies Group
    Department of Civil and Building Engineering
    Loughborough, Leicestershire  United Kingdom  LE11 3TU
  • Authors:
    • Simonsen, S
  • Conference:
  • Publication Date: 1978

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 215-220.
  • Monograph Title: MOBILITY FOR THE ELDERLY AND THE HANDICAPPED. PROCEEDINGS OF THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON TRANSPORT FOR THE ELDERLY AND HANDICAPPED AT CAMBRIDGE, APRIL 4-7 1978

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  • Accession Number: 00184919
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1981 12:00AM