We know that accessible transport is absolutely vital for your child's everyday life. Going to school, meeting friends, getting to work, going on holiday are all made possible through travel. Whizz-Kidz has worked with a number of transport providers to help make improvements for wheelchair users, but we know that there is still a lot more work to be done. Below are recommendations from families to help get you and your child on your way!
- Public transport
- Private transport
If your child would like to apply for a driver's licence as a wheelchair user, ensure you inform the DVLA. You may also be eligible for the Blue Badge scheme, which allows disabled drivers and passengers to park closer to their destinations.
If you wish to hail private hire cars such as taxis or minicabs, make sure they are licensed. In some areas (mainly larger cities), licensed taxis have to be wheelchair accessible. In London, all black cabs are wheelchair accessible. Some of the newer ‘black cabs’ are also fitted with induction loops and intercoms for hearing aid users.
- Sea travel
If you are travelling by sea on a boat or cruise ship, ensure you inform them of your family's needs when you book your tickets to prevent confusion on the day. Large boat companies may have their own policy regarding travelling with wheelchairs so make sure you check their website or give them a call beforehand to clarify any issues.
- Air travel
Find out from your airport or airline if they have the facilities you need, e.g. an accessible toilet. Read more advice from parents in our Air Travel guide.
- Considerations when travelling abroad
Research your destination beforehand and find a few accessibile places to go to. Consider having a wheelchair maintenance check before you leave and take any essential parts and manuals which will help you manage your wheelchair abroad.
Find out about access on London’s transport on TFL's website.
Safety tips for wheelchair users on public transport have been put together by Rica.
Check out the website about the Blue Badge scheme in London.
To find out if there are accessible taxis near you, contact the taxi licensing office at your local council.
- The government have created information about transport on trains for wheelchair users.
- Ferry and cruise travel advice for wheelchair users.
- Government's advice on foreign travel for disabled people.
- Have a look at Visit Britain's accessible transport guide.