Submissions: Two wheelchair policies

Date posted: 
16 April 2014

Nican hopes that organisations and people with disability will respond to the call for submissions on the two wheelchair policy released by the Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

In effect, the Department proposes that the Australian domestic airlines, which currently have a two wheelchair policy, update their Disability Access Facilitation Plans and operating practices to:

“not have a limit of two wheelchairs per flight but rather advise passengers there are operational circumstances where the airline may not be able to carry more than two passengers requiring wheelchair assistance;

emphasise the importance of passengers requiring wheelchair assistance to contact airlines as early as possible before their preferred flight to check the airline can provide appropriate assistance; and

ensure airline booking processes prompt passengers to provide the airlines with information about their mobility assistance requirements and notify passengers as early as possible if the airline is unable to carry the passenger requiring wheelchair assistance on their preferred flight, and offering these passengers alternative flight arrangements”.

You have until 30 April to respond so please get in quick.