Navigating Public Transport

29 September 2015

What are your transport options after losing your license?

Having your driver’s license taken from you can be a frustrating and daunting experience, yet the good news is it’s not the end of the road!  There are many other transport options available to help keep you mobile and out and about within the community.

The main transport possibilities include bus, train, taxi, mobility devices and walking. Factors that may impact the transport option you choose may include cost, time, convenience and of course health or mobility restrictions.

Taking the bus can be useful, providing you are comfortable walking to your nearest bus stop. A list of your local bus timetable and routes can be sourced from your local Shire Council Office. If you have a mobility aid or device, before travelling check that the bus you take can accommodate your needs, such as access or tie-down points.

Using the train service is a fast and convenient method of transport. However, you must be sure to adequately plan your route beforehand, and how you intend on getting to and from the station. Furthermore, will you have reliable transport at the other end? Most mobility aids are easily accommodated on trains. Mobility scooters are accepted on V/Line trains if they meet the following requirements:

  • Fit within an allocated space measuring 1300mm long and 800mm wide

  • Be no more than 750mm wide and at a height of 300mm above the ground

  • Have a total weight (including the user) no more than 300kg

A detailed list of train times and routes can be found online at www.vline.com.au or at V/Line Stations.

Taxi travel is a safe and reliable method of transportation. Some taxi vehicles have provision to carry mobility aids and devices, making it easier for you to continue independently once you reach your destination.  However, you may find using Taxi services costly, especially if you require this several times per week.

An increasingly popular method of transport is the mobility scooter. Generally a medium to large mobility scooter will allow you to travel up to 40km* on one battery charge.  (*Subject to battery condition, user weight and terrain.) When purchasing a scooter, select a trusted supplier who is competent to assess your needs and provide ongoing service or maintenance which may be required afterwards. If you are unsure about purchasing a scooter, take a test drive at a rehabilitation store, or even hire a scooter for a few days.

The most acclaimed method of transportation is walking. Walking keeps you active, fit and healthy, helps you to control your weight and reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. When walking out and about, it is important to plan your route before you leave to ensure you cross as few roads as possible, and use traffic lights or pedestrian crossings. Walk at times where there are other pedestrians, and always wear brightly coloured clothing so others can see you.

Having to hand over your motor vehicle license does not mean you need to be house-bound or lose your independence. Keeping active and out within the community will help you lead a fulfilled and more enjoyable life.  Decide today on the transport options that best suit your needs!

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