OTTAWA, June 1, 2012 /CNW/ - The Canadian Transportation Agency today
launched its new Carriage of Mobility Aids Resource Tool for air, rail
and interprovincial ferry carriers to assist travellers, travel agents
and transportation service providers in the planning of and preparation
for travel involving mobility aids.
Over the last decade, there has been a marked increase in the frequency
of use and in the size of some types of mobility aids. Carriage of
mobility aids is an essential part of any mobility aid user's travel,
and requires extra planning and preparation.
This Resource Tool combines new information to assist travellers, travel
agents and transportation service providers alike. In addition, it
introduces a new reservation checklist that can facilitate the planning
of carriage of mobility aids.
"Safe, efficient and consistent carriage of mobility aids has always
been important," said Geoff Hare, Chair and CEO of the Canadian
Transportation Agency. "This one-stop-shop resource will enhance
mobility aids users' awareness when planning travel, while assisting
service providers in improving passenger travel experience."
The Resource Tool can be accessed in multiple formats through the Canadian Transportation
The Agency has the mandate to eliminate undue obstacles to the mobility
of persons with disabilities in the federal transportation network and
ensures that they have equal access to transportation services and are
provided with services that meet their disability-related needs.
Transportation carriers are guided by the Canadian Transportation
Agency's accessibility regulations and voluntary codes of practice,
which help ensure that Canada's federal transportation network is
accessible to persons with disabilities.
About the Canadian Transportation Agency
The Canadian Transportation Agency is an independent administrative body
of the Government of Canada. It performs two key functions within the
federal transportation system:
As a quasi-judicial tribunal, the Agency, informally and through formal
adjudication, resolves a range of commercial and consumer
transportation-related disputes, including accessibility issues for
persons with disabilities. It operates like a court when adjudicating
As an economic regulator, the Agency makes determinations and issues
authorities, licences and permits to transportation carriers under
For more information on the Agency's Carriage of Mobility Aids Resource
Tool, please see http://www.otc-cta.gc.ca/eng/publication/carriage-mobility-aids-planes-trains-ferries.
For more travel information for persons with disabilities, consult the Take Charge of Your Travel guide.
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