LAW TO SUCCEED AIRPORTS MUST LISTEN TO DISABLED TRAVELLERS
Cheshire Disability says many airports do not meet the needs of
disabled passengers one year on, despite EU law.
Since the release of the Leonard Cheshire Disability Now Boarding
Survey in 2007 the charity has found disabled travellers are still
being discriminated against because of a lack of training for air
travel staff on how to provide an accessible service.
The law makes it the responsibility of the airport, whereas
previously it was down to the individual airlines, to provide
assistance to disabled travellers from arrival at the airport to
check in, through departure and boarding.
Katie Turner, Leonard Cheshire Disability’s Senior Campaigns Officer
for National Campaigns, said:- “The air travel industry must
engage directly with their disabled customers in order to ensure
they meet their needs. Airports must ensure that all staff are
properly trained and equipped to work with disabled passengers and
take the time to listen to and understand their assistance needs.”
Amar Latif is the founder and director of Traveleyes, the first
commercial tour operator to specialise in holidays for visually
impaired and sighted UK-based travellers.
Amar Latif said:- “There are more than 10 million disabled
people in the UK and many more with mobility difficulties. We are a
group of people whose needs simply cannot be ignored. It is known
that around two and a half million of those travel on a regular
basis. I believe that a more positive approach by airports is needed
to overcome the fear, prejudice and misconception disabled
passengers face. The industry has to listen and engage with disabled
travellers and learn from their experiences in order to comply with
the law and make our journeys more pleasurable.”
Robbery, Shell Petrol Station, Rainhill
Police have released CCTV images of a man they wish to speak to
in connection with a robbery at a petrol station in Rainhill on
Wednesday, 24 June 2009.
At about 1.40pm a man entered the
Shell petrol station store and produced, what is believed to be, a
steak knife and demanded that the staff member opened the till.
The man then
took a quantity of cash from the till
and also took some cigarettes from the counter before running off
along Warrington Road towards Whiston.
'cashier was left
No one was injured during the incident, though the cashier was left
Police have now released CCTV
images of a man they wish to speak to in connection with the
man pictured is described as white, with short grey hair and
stubble. He is around 5ft 8in and approximately 40 years old. He was
wearing black jeans, a short sleeved yellow striped t-shirt, black
trainers and dark sunglasses.
Anyone able to identify the man
is asked to contact Merseyside Police on:- 0151 777 1565 or
Crimestoppers anonymously on:- 0800 555 111.
Tips for Safe Summer Driving
Standards Agency has put together some useful tips to help drivers
planning long journeys to their holiday destinations.
In 2008 661 people were killed in road crashes between July and
September. Another 6, 704 were seriously injured.
Many drivers will be travelling long distances on unfamiliar roads
during the summer break. Following the DSA's summer driving advice
will help to ensure that motorists are well prepared for a safe and
DSA Chief Driving Examiner, Trevor Wedge, said:- “We all want
to enjoy the summer holidays from the moment we leave the house.
So,if you have a long drive ahead of you then have a look at our
tips for safe summer driving to help get your holiday get off to the
best possible start."
Summer Driving Tips:-
* Before setting off, ensure that you have enough fuel. Switch off
your mobile phone and make sure you are wearing comfortable clothing
* Stay alert by taking a break of about 15 minutes every two hours
at somewhere suitable, such as a service area. Get a good night’s
sleep before embarking long journeys and avoid driving between
midnight and 6am when natural alertness is at a minimum.
* The driver is responsible for ensuring that passengers under 14
are properly restrained in a seatbelt. If you are taking the family
pet on holiday, don’t forget to ensure it is secured for its own and
* If you are towing a caravan for the first time in a number of
years then make sure you are familiar with the relevant changes that
have taken place before getting in the driver’s seat. Anyone who is
unsure of the rules which apply to those towing caravans should
check the DSA
website for further
information. The Caravan Club offers both caravan and motorhome
training courses for drivers who want to brush up on their skills
before they set off on holiday.
* Sat-navs are a useful tool but they are not a substitute for route
planning. Drivers should be aware of road signs, exercise common
sense and use the sat-nav’s estimated time of arrival as a guide,
rather than trying to achieve it or better it.
‘Everyone’s 2012’ - the Annual Northwest 2012 Conference
informative event was held on 24 July 2009. I was very sceptical
about what the benefits of the London 2012 Olympic Games and
Paralympic Games, could be brought to the North West, but this
conference opened up our eyes to the possibilities.
The conference, was held at the Novas Contemporary Urban Centre in
Liverpool, and was billed as a celebration the region’s achievements
in securing Games-related business contracts, attracting world-class
teams for Pre Games Training Camps, encouraging people to take part
in Cultural Olympiad events and activities, and getting Northwest
schools involved in the excitement of the Games.
The event was hosted by Sheldon Phillips, Head of Regional Major
Events at the Northwest Regional Development Agency, and guests were
the Chairman of the 2012 Nations and Regions Group, Charles Allen,
who outlined the opportunities available for the whole of the UK to
benefit from The Games. Also Andy Worthington, Chair of the
Northwest Steering Group for the 2012 Games, who highlighted the
region’s progress so far on its journey to 2012 and the priorities
ahead. The event also included a very inspirational talk by GB
Paralympian medallist Marc Woods who provided his own unique and
personal experience of living the Paralympic dream.
Just before the event
Charles Allen, LOCOG Board Member and Chair of the London 2012
Nations and Regions Group, said:- "On the eve of three years
to go until the start of the 2012 Games, it is time to celebrate the
Northwest’s achievements to date and look at the regional priorities
for accruing further benefits over the coming years. The London 2012
Open Weekend begins today and with over 50 events programmed in the
Northwest alone, we have further evidence that there are an
increasing number of exciting opportunities to get involved in the
Chair of the Northwest Steering Group for the 2012 Games, said:-
"Over the last 12 months the Northwest has been working hard to
ensure the regional benefits of London 2012 come to life. It’s been
fantastic to see our businesses, schools and communities getting
involved and in particular to welcome our first international
athletes to train in the region as they prepare for The Games. Three
years from today the world’s greatest sporting event begins in
London, just a few hours away from the region, and presents a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for everyone in the Northwest to get
involved. Over the next year we aim to ensure that London 2012
continues to have a positive impact on the Northwest and to build on
the success we’ve already achieved."
Head of Regional Major Events at the NWDA, said:- "We firmly
believe that London 2012 is a Games for the whole of the UK and that
the benefits will be felt most where regions are proactive and
positive about what can be achieved. The Northwest has already been
hugely successful in this area. Over the next three years, the
challenge will be to focus on growing and develop the positive
sporting, social and economic impact that London 2012 can make